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- Tuesday, September 05, 2006 at 09:27:37 (CEST)
mark, i noticed we share another outdoor passion: skating. as a true dutchman you can
find me on the ice as soon as it can carry my weight ( or just before). unfortunately
our winters have shown little natural ice the last years. so i frequent the artificial
ice rinks. the vikingrannet is at my list - but for us there is only one true goal: to
finish the illfamous elfstedentocht of 200km. last opportunity was '97 - when i sat
with a braced ankle in front of the TV, envying 16.000 others on the ice -. we have
to get a ticket for the race by a lottery system, but guys from abroad get a wild
card. so, you're invited.

sam van haaster--- <>
- Tuesday, January 31, 2006 at 11:35:33 (CET)
hi mark,
i'm enjoying your reports, they offer good info for our coming tour around Kebnekaise.
just read the snowcave part, the sweating sounds familiar to me.
are you aware of the alternative 'vertical' method, developped by mats melbye? see his
i joined a survival cours with this norwegian troll ( he prefers to live beneath the
snow instead of a decent home). his method of digging an iglo-shaped room in deep snow
is faster, less fatiguing and more versatile. at least in areas with abundant snow. he
has build hole interconnected 'villages' by it.

ok succes with your trips!

sam van haaster--- <>
- Tuesday, January 31, 2006 at 11:35:06 (CET)
desperately seeking a pull method for my 1 yr old and nobody sells one under $400 so i really appreciate your instructions and will attempt to build one. I'll let you know how it works since i will be skate skiing i'm not certain the pulka will work with a side to side motion, but better to find out after spending $10 than $400!!!
wpg, mb canada - Thursday, December 22, 2005 at 21:31:47 (CET)
I built a Pulka with your plan-sugggestion for Baby Tranport on cross-country ski tours in Bad Kleinkirchheim/Kärnten/Austria. It became great. Now we are the first family in our village with a Pulka - and many people are asking about how, how much and wher did you get it. Thanks a lot.
Gerhard Freundl--- <>
Bad Kleinkirchheim, Austria Carinthia - Wednesday, December 14, 2005 at 12:50:44 (CET)
HA! Your stories of Chapel Hill are hilarious. I almost made a similar mistake of going to University Massage. Can you imagine?!!? Thankfully, a local friend filled me in on the dangers of that place!
Thanks for publishing details of your sled. I have found the ones I built very good for the touring I do and far pleasanter than carrying a heavy sask

Rob Pealing--- <>
- Sunday, March 06, 2005 at 11:59:56 (CET)
Hi Mark,

Nice to see my old 3.3 Blade getting air time! Hope you're getting hooked on the idea of looooong tours with ski + pulk + kite; the sno-kite community needs some more skiers to offset the jump and whoop snowboarders....

I've just returned from Halley where we're using ski/kite/pulk to communte to and from an ultra-clean area, where vehicles cannot go. It's a start.

Anyway, nice site,

Cheers, Phil

Phil Anderson--- <>
Cambridge, UK - Friday, March 04, 2005 at 16:08:52 (CET)
Tack för din konstruktion av pulka. Vi gjorde en likadan att dra vår 1-årige son Olle i. Vi lade en bit värmande liggunderlägg i pulkan. På det lade vi en åkpåse av fårskinn som vi spände fast med de två remmarna. Sedan fick han åka både i längdspåren och upp på fjället. Han sov gott emellanåt medan snön yrde någon dm från hans väl
inklädda huvud. Jag fick idén att göra en bredare med stödskidor på sidorna för att helt eliminera risken för att välta, vilket hände när han ville sitta upp.
Sedan såg vi att fabrikstillverkade Fjellpulken har vindskydd vilket skulle varit bra.
Tack för det fina tipset som gjorde vår fjällvistelse
till en fullödig och komplett upplevelse.
Bosse och Maria, Sollentuna

Bosse Dannert--- <>
Stockholm, Sweden - Monday, February 14, 2005 at 21:53:12 (CET)
I saw your snow sled last year and constructed a couple of them with some modifications. It was difficult finding a suitable child sled but I finally found one. My sled is constructed from PVC pipe (not the best in subzero F temp)and pulls nice. The significant difference is how I reinforced the sides of the flimsey sled and set up tie points for strapping down the gear bags. If you would like to link to it I would appreciate it. The more ideas on the web, the easier it is to design one of your own, based on local available materials. You may get to it at www dot krabach dot info Scroll down towards the bottom of the page for the link
Michael Krabach--- <>
Cumberland, Rhode Island USA - Wednesday, January 05, 2005 at 18:08:07 (CET)
Hei Hei,

being bitten by the arctic bug and a kayaker I was looking for kite kayaking ideas and found yours - simple things are always best !



Rainer Kumm--- <>
- Saturday, May 29, 2004 at 14:42:45 (CEST)
I was stunned and transported by your interesting and aesthetically appealing homepage. Do visit mine some time!

Best wishes for your life,


ERik Hemming--- <>
- Monday, May 03, 2004 at 13:19:26 (CEST)
Hello,I liked your homepage. Especially the reports about the Kungsleden. I went there in summertime for a hikingtoour. But when I saw your pictures I rhaught it would be nice to do a skiingtour there. My Problem: I have no Ski. Just these so called "Snowblades". Do you have any suggestions for what I should buy. And do you think that it is possible to do s tour without great Skiingexperiences? It would be nice if you could give me an answer or an suggestions. Thank you, Manuel

Manuel Wittig <>
Münster, Ger - Tuesday, September 23, 2003 at 20:06:26 (CEST)
I loved your comments on Sea Kayaking and kites and will follow through with your suggestions. THANK YOU.
Also, I have heard there is a kite from Australia made just for this purpose, but my information is "sketchy". I think it is made by Peter Lynn (spelling) and called "The Ark". Does this ring any bells with you?
Thank you very much.
john chipman

john chipman <>
galesburg, MI US - Wednesday, August 13, 2003 at 19:57:45 (CEST)
Nice site.
Have built and used many sleds based on your concept. They have really extended the range and comfort of my snowcamping. The sled must be balanced, not over loaded and rigged right, but then it works better than a pack except in the most extreme conditions. Shared your site with newsgroup.
bcskier <>
Sierra/Cascade, CA USA - Wednesday, March 12, 2003 at 04:06:02 (CET)
klättara och windsurf, men ocksa aker skidor...
see you out there...!!!
rusch <>
Bra sida, hur kom ni på den där idèn undrar man..
åland, finland - Thursday, January 09, 2003 at 14:51:00 (CET)
Hi Mark. Like the photography very much. Keep it up!
Born Shoes
- Monday, December 30, 2002 at 00:56:58 (CET)
Thoroughly enjoyed your virtual drama. Brings back many
memories of visiting my girlfriend for a Swedish Christmas
in her native Stockholm. As a climber and winter adventurer
noted many of your trips and how to's. Nice work.
I have you as a "favorite" although I am not like the "red"
guy you met in North Carolina!
Ps; if you see a beautiful female architect around Lidingo, SW pleaes tell her I said hello!!!

scott emmons <>
harrisonville, mo usa - Sunday, November 24, 2002 at 19:35:23 (CET)
Nice site! We used a similar design, but with aluminum poles, on a trip to Baxter State Park in Maine.
Mohamed Ellozy
Thornton, MA USA - Friday, November 22, 2002 at 17:37:35 (CET)
good photo gallery about your winter skiing tour at kebnekaise.
Björn Oehme <>
24629 Kisdorf, Germany - Thursday, February 21, 2002 at 21:49:55 (CET)
Hi Mark,

It was with great pleasure that I read your reports about winter touring in Lapland. Your texts were the most honest (and humorous...) ones I ever read (since 1996 we have been visiting Swedish Lapland also in winter, the first time being as unexperienced as you were)

Kind regards,


Silvia <>
Hamburg, Germany - Thursday, October 25, 2001 at 13:11:23 (CEST)
Great site, it has clarity easy of movement but best of all its been really useful. I am planning a ski touring trip to sweden this winter and you have been invaluable


Peter < >
London, UK -
Hi Mark,

you've got an impressive home page and good old memories came
back. In early March 95' I went with some
buddies from work on a 10 days hut-to-hut ski trip from Abisco to
Norway (Cunojaure). A beautiful cabin. Drilling the water hole was
the real pain in the b.... but we enjoyed it. Later we went further
south down to Kvikkjokk. It was just a wunderfull trip. Strenuous, but
that's just the salt in the soup which makes the nice moments shine even nicer.

Andre'Mack-Gardner <>
wiesbaden, germany - Sunday, December 24, 2000 at 14:23:26 (MET)
What a great site! I happened upon it while doing a search for instructions on building a pulk. The price of commercial ones is just outrageous. I too used to use plastic kids sleds to haul freight, when I lived in Canada. But I have not been impressed with the ones they have in Norway- they are too short and the bottom runners are too big. In Canada you can buy something commonly known as a "bucket sled", which is just a very simple, rectangular plastic sled about 1.5 m long. Some trips to the north pole have used these sleds! They are light and flexible, and actually nest one inside the other, so if you are on a really long trip you can take two or three in case of breakage.

I used to use a rope hitch, but of course a solid hitch is better in the mountainous country around here. I found a short section of elastic rope really smoothed out the action and made kicking and gliding easier. The main problem was that the sleds were not shaped correctly to follow in a ski track, and would sometimes tip into a track. I think bottom shape and runner separation is important here.

At the moment I am thinking of building a pulk of very thin plywood covered in fibreglass. I will measure up one of the commercial ones to get the proportions right. And I will copy your hitch design.

Best regards from dark Tromso,


Daniel Pike <>
Tromso, Norway - Thursday, December 21, 2000 at 09:55:31 (MET)
Hallo! I´m very pleased to see what you have created since before. A whole lots of pictures! I tried also to read about the medicale thing. Hälsningar eva
Eva Triumf <>
- Saturday, November 04, 2000 at 13:38:26 (MET)
Hi Mark

I'm glad that I found your pages. I really appreciated the self-deprecating humour combined with some useful information. I've been ski touring on and off for almost 20 years and even though I'm half Norwegian I've never made it to Scandinavia. You have given me a good read and the inspiration to get out my maps of Jotunhemeimen. This year I _will_ ski in the the frozen north!

Many thanks


Richard Gooderick <>
London, UK - Sunday, October 22, 2000 at 20:30:13 (MET DST)
Nice site! I did a 20 day ski route south from Abisko down through Sarek a number of years ago and was lucky enough to have 15 days of skiable weather with generally excellent snow. It was interesting to hear your comparison of double camber skis vs. Tua Cirques for this type of touring. I did my trip on Fischer E99s which worked excellently. However, I have recently been skiing on Tua Cirques and while they are a bit heavier the downhills sure are a lot more fun. I have given up trying to wax them and just stick to a narrow set of skins even when on the flat. Also, unless you are going on very steep ground or cruddy snow they work well with a NNN BC binding on top of a voile release plate. This dramatically cuts down on the weight of the boot/binding combination without any compromise under normal conditions.
I would be interested in any similar touring areas that you have tried as I am planning to do another tour next spring.
A recommedation from my neck of the woods is the Wells Gray park area in British Columbia which holds good snow and a variety of touring opprotunities well into the spring.

Chris Ridley-Thomas <>
Richmond, BC Canada - Friday, October 06, 2000 at 05:38:32 (MET DST)
Dear Mark,
Great site! I'm thinking of spending a few weeks in Sweden ski touring next spring, and your site is exactly what I've been looking for - information on interesting places to go, and what I'm likely to find when I get there. It's great to find someone who's taken the time and effort to put such a good resource on the web, purely for the fun of it.
All the best,
Andy Jenkins.

Andy Jenkins <>
Newport, UK - Monday, September 18, 2000 at 16:10:31 (MET DST)
I like nordic countries : when i visit your pages it is very hard for me not to buy a plane ticket and go skiing !
Next year, I'll come...

sant pere dels forcats, CAT FR - Friday, July 21, 2000 at 22:32:23 (MET DST)

Hi - couldn't help noticing that you'd put a link to my page in the bookmarks. Er, cheers :)

(Ed's note : That would be the wonderful

Quin <>
London, UK - Thursday, July 06, 2000 at 17:22:57 (MET DST)

Hi there!
Your homepage is a bit (heh...) more advanced than mine... What are you - some kind of photographer or (as someone else said) Mac Gyver?

Ann-Charlott Steffen <>
Uppsala, Sweden - Monday, April 03, 2000 at 14:15:47 (MET DST)
Hi, you have great photos here! I like mountains and hiking too.
I inserted link into your webpage from my Lappland hike-webpage.

Reigo Lehtla <>
Boston, MA Estonia/ USA - Sunday, February 20, 2000 at 20:00:28 (MET)
Just a quick note of thanks from a satisfied artic sled builder. Have towed sleds before with mixed results, always on a rope, with expected lack of control. Fooled myself for years by pretending control was just a matter of skiing faster than sled. Five of us just back from three day trip in northern NH. Convinced other four to visit your site and build sleds, and all performed incredibly, both on 4.1 mile ascent, and subsequent descent. It was interesting to see the five adaptations from your basic design. One I used that was well admired was that I found conduit with a preformed connector on one end, 96 cents for a 10 ft. length. I cut the pieces to length (a little longer than you like-- I don't want my kick and glide interrupted by hitting the sled), then cut each piece in half and reversed the connector section so that the connector is in the middle when the poles are stringed together. I added a section of shock cord to the tow rope, and the pole worked like a shock-corded tent pole-- folds for storage or carrying, rigid when extended and the connector is joined!
Anyway, thanks for the article, it made our "expedition" much more enjoyable. Happy trails.

Bob Murphy <>
Manchester, NH USA - Monday, February 07, 2000 at 16:05:03 (MET)
Hallo there..
Cool idea with the "pulk", I will try to make one from your instruction.
Thank you wery mutch.


Torben Danner <>
Ølsted, Denmark - Tuesday, January 25, 2000 at 22:29:39 (MET)
Great pictures. I didnt know that sweden was so beautiful thou ive been living here for 30 years...... i would like to see them in a book
H-H. O. M Fuxelius
Uppsala, - Saturday, January 22, 2000 at 16:58:55 (MET)

Sorry, no ski feedback; I'm not a skier, but I am so jealous of the far-flung places you've traveled to.

I was enjoying your writing. Do you have anything published, or have you ever considered it? (That one crack about females in the Woman in the Moon aside, you're quite entertaining.)

Come visit me at my site sometimes.

Lisa DuMond <>
Tallahassee, FL USA - Tuesday, January 18, 2000 at 19:39:10 (MET)
Dear Mark,
Nice page! It seems that your tastes (as well as your good looks ;-) !) are similar to mine.
What first got me to your page was a search for a light trigger. When I saw that it was to photograph insects, I was thrilled. But then disapointment settled in when an actual schematic for the device was nowhere to be found. Maybe I'm just blind, or maybe I didn't look deep enough. If you could be so kind as to drop me a note with the right web page address I would appreciate.

Christian Autotte <>
Montreal, qc Canada - Wednesday, December 01, 1999 at 04:00:40 (MET)
Oh dear Mark. I am at once so impressed by your grand home page -- especially all the impressive photography, but I'm at once worried for you. You play so hard! You are living life to the fullest for all the rest of us, I suppose! Your photo essay on Sweden was lovely, and I'm sure you could easily change it to a more general travel essay and have it published in any national newspaper's travel section. I keep your homepage in my bookmarks because I never have enough time at one sitting to explore all the site, and just when I think I've seen everything you go on another trip and update it. But what's with the boxing shots? Cheers, Linda
Linda Bussière
London, ON Canada - Saturday, November 27, 1999 at 05:53:52 (MET)
Great page - Would you like to join us at Snow Walkers' Rendezvous - where traditional Winter Travelers gather for a weekend of workshops, slide shows and discussions.... Garret & Alexandra Conover will present this year - Authors of Snow Walker's Companion. Unadvertised event - by invitation and word of mouth....
Deb.Williams <Deb.Williams@Valley.Net>
Fairlee, VT USA - Tuesday, November 09, 1999 at 04:01:19 (MET)
I would just like to say thank you. You have answered many of my questions reguarding AT skiing. It is hard to find good help in Ohio about such a topic. You have made my life much easier, thanks again.


Jeff Warner <>
Canton, Oh - Tuesday, September 07, 1999 at 01:46:30 (MET DST)
Great pictures about the ski tour! Wounderful up
there .. need to go there once!

(BTW incredible downloading time!)

- Wieland -

AUT - Tuesday, March 30, 1999 at 12:33:22 (MET DST)
It´s a beatiful pitures from Lappland. My son and I skiing last year
from Katterat via Hundalen, Counajaure, Chainavagge, Gautelis, Hukkejaure,
Sitasjaure to Ritsemjook. We has working the same way 1997. But after Ritsem we take a
boat over the Akkajaure to Akka cabin. We walking in Sarek
to Smila. Then we go to Akkavare "kapell". Is a small
Gud house build for the gold and silverworkes.
Next place, Tarralopal then the mountan Tstsa. We was looking for
a airoplan from 2:e war wish has crasch. It found 1974.
The crasch was 1944 9 sept at midnight.
The pilot and one of the cruew arawel to Kvickjock the
oather has dead.
We arrawel to Kvickjoock after tree days.
Last year we go around into Sarek and Padjelant in 21 days.
Is a beatifúl nationalpark.
Is sorry for my englich.

Ingvar Petersson <>
Uppsala, Sweden - Wednesday, March 31, 1999 at 14:03:09 (MET DST)
So much to see, and practical things to learn. Are you Mac Gyver?
I long to discover such trips in Lappland myself. I have already bought the second hand skis!
Hope that you will have soon another lovely journey!
Kramar. Emmanuelle

Saint-Paul en Cornillon, France - Thursday, March 18, 1999 at 03:40:44 (MET)
Saw your page about "pulkas". Have just bought a used one from "överskottslagret". Are there any ways to improve it easily? All the best, Tomas B
Tomas Braneby <>
Kindsjön, värm sweden - Friday, March 12, 1999 at 00:28:26 (MET)
Enjoyed your home page. Photos are beautiful. I am certain that Bonnie will have an enjoyable trip.
Karen Sipes
Bozeman, MT U.S.A. - Wednesday, July 22, 1998 at 15:21:26 (MET DST)
What can i say.....exceptional.
I am a ex-royal marine (british forces) having served 7 years as a survival specialist.
I have completed 2 expeditions to polar regions in the past 2 years and now plan
to walk the complete kungsleden trail in july - sept 1999.
I have found your information exceptional in my research and would without doubt
recommend it to anyone interested.
Photographs very sharp and detailed.....well done keep up this splendid page.
Anyone interested in completing the kungsleden trail with me please contact
me asap. e.mail :

ripley therkildsen <>
Malmö, Sweden - Thursday, september 17, 1998 at 16:07:20 (met dst)
I drop in from time to time when my "north sickness" (Morbus Borealis) is getting worse. Then I long for untouched snow in front, a great northern landscape around and a pulka in the back of me. Thanks for your excellent (...and amusing) reports!
Dieter Graser <>
Muenchen, Germany - Friday, July 10, 1998 at 09:28:38 (MET DST)
Hello Mark! What an impressing homepage! Never seen anything like it! Now we know everything for a trip to fjällen! Have a nice summer Mark. Hope to see you soon.
Ylva, Martin.

Ylva Stenlund,Martin Englund <>
Uppsala, Sweden - Tuesday, June 23, 1998 at 22:44:27 (MET DST)
Enjoyed your pictures once again Mark, you really are a true professsional! As you allready know we are one of your biggest fan´s. Have a nice summer Mark and we hope to see you soon. We are going to Hammerfest/Norway 26/6-3/8 and work as doctors , but we´ll be back in "good old Sweden" 3/8 to 31/8 and you are we
Rene Notelid and Cattis <Notelid@uppsala.mail telia com>
upsala, sweden - Friday, May 22, 1998 at 22:56:44 (MET DST)
Loved your build an´arctic sled page, i just wanted to add that if you want to have even more "packing capability"
you can buy a"secondhand sled" at överskottslagret(the swedish army surplus) for a reasonably low price/Cheers!

J.T <>
Stockholm, Sweden - Sunday, April 19, 1998 at 12:52:03 (MET DST)
We are getting ready for a trip from Hemavan to Ammarnäs.
Your page was great for equipment selection.
Keep hiking!!

Jukka Luoma <>
VAASA, Finland - Friday, March 27, 1998 at 20:47:24 (MET)