According to my countdown widget, it is now 14 days until I set off for Spain again! The plan is to make it a trial run for my fit & kit before the St Olav’s Walk from Oslo to Trondheim this summer, and it seems both will be a lot colder than I had hoped. The recent cold weather front, or ‘Beast from the East’ as they call it here in the UK, has effectively delayed spring in Norway, and with that also the snow melting, so we might be looking at a very cool, boggy and muddy walk. Oh well. To quote a Norwegian saying: There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing!
This means that we really need to pack for any and all weathers from cold, boggy, rainy (snowy?) to sunny Nordic summer. I have decided not to change my packlist too much – I am hoping that merino or walking tights with goretex rain trousers will be warm enough but have bought some decent trekking trousers just in case, and on top I will still layer merino, fleece and rain jacket.
The biggest change will be the footwear. Heavier mid or high boots mean that I have to consider taking only two pairs instead of three, which requires a lot of thought. Before The Beast arrived, I was quite happily considering taking hiking shoes, and preparing to change into quick drying sandals for deep bog, streams etc, but that sounds a bit frivolous now … looks like I will be needing at least a mid boot.
I won’t be taking the tent, pad etc to Spain, so I can make up the weight and volume in the pack by taking a few things to test out in the cold and wet. Can’t wait!