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Fjellkullorna – Ida & Mimmi

Ida Nordin and Mimmi Person live in Östersund, Sweden, where Ida is a teacher and Mimmi works in the woods. Both love to get out and travel and camp in the mountains and forest. Avid hikers, bikers and paddlers, they both also had, for many years, a longing to do a long trip and experience the winter in the Swedish mountains. So it seemed natural to challenge themselves with the White Band, which is what a ski tour of the full length of the Swedish mountains is called (if done in the summer, it’s called the Green Band). To earn the White Band certificate is simple (but far from easy): ski from Grövelsjön, Sweden, at the southern end of the Swedish mountain chain, to Treriksröset, the “three country cairn,” where Sweden, Norway and Finland’s borders meet (it can also be done north to south). A roughly 1300 km (807 miles) trip, the traveler must do it completely under his or her own power, in its entirety, and be fully self-supported. Ida & Mimmi left Grövelsjön on March 2, 2015, and reached Treriksröset on May 4. “We decided to ski the White Band because it felt exciting and as a fitting challenge for us,” they say. “It is definitely the best thing we’ve ever done! Do not think about it, just do it!” They relied on their Keron 3 for the trip. “The tent took good care of us during our two month ski adventure through the Swedish mountains,” they say. “Thanks to the dual vestibules and spacious inner tent, we and our dog, Asta, had plenty of elbow room, and it was easy to organize all our equipment. Our favorite accessory is the Sled Bag, which made it incredibly easy and fast to set up the tent to get out of the wind for lunch…and when we would camp for the night. We slept calmly and confidently in all the different weather conditions we encountered on our 2015 winter trip. All the nights we spent in our Keron 3 has made the desire for more nights out even greater. We will continue to turn to our Keron 3 when we’re out on new adventures.” (For more information, see facebook.com/Fjellkullorna. For more information of the Green and White Band, see vitagronabandet.se)