Bengt and his daughter Hilda
Photos by Bengt Furenäs
It’s our last kick at the winter can this week on DSO. We’re going to take you Nordic Skating in Sweden. It’s like cross country skiing on these special skates that allow you to travel long distances over frozen lakes and rivers. There are many names for the sport including tour-skating, trip-skating, cross-country-skating, backcountry skating, nordic skating, long distance skating and even wild skating. It’s hugely popular in Scandinavia, especially Sweden. Gary first heard about the sport through an email from Stephanie, a listener in Sweden who skates. Stephanie introduced Gary to her skating neighbour, Bengt Furenäs. He’s a tour leader, ‘ice reporter’ and has been skating for many years. Our feature interview is all about Nordic Skating with Bengt, who just hung up his skates for the season.
We also have more of your comments about trail food, hiking and facebook. And some fun surf music from Sweden by The Great Pharaos. firstname.lastname@example.org
We return to Minnesota’s Superior Hiking Trail again this week. Avid hiker Kurt Papke tells us about his relationship with the trail. He’s hiked all 205 miles of the trail in three sections and he’s covered several sections multiple times. He’s also tackled the trail in the winter on snowshoes. He’s written a detailed trip report of a through-hike of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area trail, the “Border Route” with the northernmost section of the SHT to create a 1-week 100 mile wilderness hike. Kurt is also a tester for Backpackgeartest.org. He knows the trail, its history and plans for its future. He’s passionate about the Superior Hiking Trail.
Also on the show we’ll tell you more about the sport of tour skating. It’s big in Sweden and Scandinavia but almost unheard of in North America. And we’ll share a heart warming email with a listener in New Jersey who on a recent vacation in Maine, rediscovered his need for the outdoors in his life.
Podsafe music this week from The Los Dos Bros. Next time on DSO, we’ll go sailboat racing and celebrate Christmas. Contact the show at email@example.com.