Wow! What a long week-end we’ve had!!
We booked a big cabin on top of the Grönklitt mountain. Some came by train to Orsa, some by car. The first night, after shopping all groceries, Bente took us down the mountain to the tracks. It was dark, quite cold (-6 degrees), and headlamps were on our heads.
Anna Toll (Bentes friend from the soccer days) joined us as ski instructor this ski camp. Anna is one of the greatest athletes! She had been in Grönklitt the week before, skiing a marathon 42 km in 3 hours!! She was so commited and attentive to everybody, skiing back and forth helping and guiding everyone. She lifted the whole team and contributed with lots of energy and good vibes! Thank you Anna!
The first night we had one broken pole and one unfortunate injury. The first track we skied was very technical, and dark!
Next morning, after breakfast we went down the mountain to meet the photographer from Photomic. She shot some good shots and thereafter we went skiing long distance (20 km). We gathered for lunch at the cabin, rested a bit, and went down to the tracks again to ski another long distance session (20 km).
This evening the rest of the team joined us and we were 11 people sharing a cabin for 12 people. Yes, there was alot of food to cook! One of the planned participants, has a late cancellation due to being ill.
Saturday morning we got up early, and were out in the tracks playing around some, to get more comfortable with our skies. We skied without tracks and jumped around, running up the slopes, breaking downhill etc. Thereafter long distance skiing, and it started to snow heavily! We went for lunch at the cabin.
After lunch we split up. Some went long distance skiing, some went down to Orsa to get groceries, a knife and wood for the open fire activity planned for the evening. We gathered and started carrying 2 20 kg bags, and 20 kg of wood for 3 km. The snowing had turned into a snowstorm and it was about 20 cm new snow. The tracks were now barely visible due to all the snow, and the wind picked up! We decided it was not going to stop us! And we went for it!
The destination was a beautiful shed with a fireplace overlooking the lake. We put all the wood and charcoal in a big pile, and poured lighter fluid all over it! The wind blew out about every match stick, but finally we got it going! We had hot dogs, sweet potatoe, bananas with chocolate and marsmallows.
Next morning, Sunday, we cleaned out the cabin as a team, checked out, and some went back home, and some went skiing another 20 km!
Thereafter home bound!
The team skied in total 267 km! We are now all prepared for Stafettvasan 4th March!!