Monday, December 22, 2014

XC-Skating, Tämnaren & Vendelsjön, Dec 21st

Excellent skating on lake Tämnaren and Vendelsjön, 3-7 cm clear ice, blue skies, around -2 C in the air.. Joined by Emil & Edward, plus two guests in the group.. Total distance covered was about 45 km.. 

Monday, December 15, 2014

XC-Skating Tämnaren & Vendelsjön, Dec 14th

First XC-session for the season, where we headed to Tämnaren and Vendelsjön in northern Uppland.. Sunny day and around -2C.. Rather thin ice on Tämnaren so we progressed with great care.. More stable conditions on Vendelsjön where we could increase the pace a fair bit..

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Scuba Diving, Cirkewwa Malta, Sat 30th of Nov

Saturday diving with Dive Systems on Malta, 29th of November 2014.. We visited the two scuttled wrecks "Tugboat Rosie" and "P29 Patrol Boat" at Cirkewwa.. Cloudy day so a bit dark down on 30+ meters.. Sea temperature is now around 19C.. The other divers were doing a wreck diving course so I had a look around and inside the boats myself, filming with my GoPro Hero 3+ and a new telescopic GoPole stick..

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Sunday Walk & Swim - Xaqqa Seacliffs, Oct 19th

A light scramble down into the Xaqqa Seacliffs ravine, for some snorkeling and freediving in the calm and clear waters below.. Decent amount of sea-life and a nice 24 C water temperature..

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Scuba Diving, Um El Faroud, Malta Oct 12th

Scuba Diving on Malta with guide & guests from Dive Systems on the Um el Faroud Wreck  and at Ghar Lapsi.. Nice, sunny day in the middle of October, around 26C in the air and 22-25C in the water.. The pretty fish with big wings to fend off larger predators is a "Flying gurnard". Camera man: Jarl - Buddy: Edward

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Sports Climbing, Cobra Cave, Sat. 11th of Oct




Saturday sports climbing with the Malta Climbing Club at Cobra Cave.. A location where the routes are new and the cave offered nice shade around noon.. Did a couple of 6A+ routes and got pumped pretty much immediately,  I need to do this much more often.. But regardless, nice training and great company on a sunny day!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Sportsclimbing, Ghar Lapsi Caves & Xaqqa Seacliffs, Sep. 21st




On Sunday we continued the climbing with more sports-routes at Ghar Lapsi Caves and a multi-pitch at Xaqqa Seacliffs.. I was not impressed by my climbing form, but at least I'm starting to get the hang of techniques for rope-work and safety again.. We wrapped up the weekend with some DSW-traverses where the swims when falling were very enjoyable..

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Sportsclimbing, Southern Malta, Sept 20th




Trying to get back into climbing so headed to southern Malta with the guide Kurt and tried out routes in Wied Babu and Ghar Lapsi area.. 33 degrees Celsius and 80% humidity took its toll but luckily we had a steady breeze to soften the blow a bit..

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Wreck Diving Malta, Um El Faroud, Sept 14th

Sunday diving on the Um El Faroud wreck at Wied iz Zurrieq / Blue Grottos on Malta.. 1st dive was pretty regular, mostly on the outside with some quick swim-throughs, on the second dive we explored the inner parts of the boat, heading down into the engine room etc. Max depth was close to 35 meters with a dive time of about 40 minutes total. Mid-September but still around 25 C sea temperature.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Sailing, Roslagen, September 6th-8th




Sunny September sailing with colleagues from work and with the lady.. This time of the year the nights and mornings are fairly chilly, causing fog to roll in from the open sea.. It lifts after some hours of sun though and during the days temperature rose to around 20 C.. We anchored for the night at  a great spot on the north-western side of Fälön, very scenic and good protection from easterly winds..

Monday, September 01, 2014

Sailing, Roslagen, Aug 30th-31st


We have reached end of summer and autumn just around the corner.. We had a great sailing weekend with my Bellona 23 in Roslagen.. Wind was around 4-7 m/s most of the time, perfect for relaxed cruising..

Friday, August 29, 2014

Scuba Diving, Um el Faroud, Aug 24th

A pretty bad video of the Um el Faroud Wreck :-)  Visibility was unusually poor due to winds whipping up sand and sediment, and we didn't make any proper swim-throughs at this dive.. But regardless, one of the better wrecks around Malta, I'be been there 3 or 4 times before and it's always enjoyable..

Monday, August 11, 2014

iSUP Malta - Gnejna Bay-Golden Bay, Aug-10th

Sunday paddle with my Kona Cruiser 12.6 inflatable paddle board.. Started in Gnejna Bay and went back and forth a few times to Golden Bay, with a couple of stops to swim and free-dive among the rocks.. At least 25C in the water and 30C in the air..

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Scuba Diving, Gozo - Malta - Cave near Crocodile Rock

Saturday scuba diving with Dive Systems.. This video clip shows a swim into a Cave which was near Crocodile Rock on Gozo, Malta's little sister island..

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Sailing, Roslagen, 22nd-27th of July






And a few more pictures from my summer holiday.. I made a couple of solo sails, had a colleague for a daytrip to Hållskären, and was joined by Jon & Tommy on Saturday when we sailed around Understens fyr..

Monday, July 21, 2014

Sailing to Kalvudden, 19th-21st of July

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With the RayMarine ST1000 tiller pilot installed and the sheets pulled down to the cockpit, time to try some single-handed sailing with the Bellona.. Everything worked great, much safer and more comfortable.. I spent the first night at Brännäset and the second at Kalvudden close to Öregrund.. Mostly sunny with a light breeze..

Monday, July 14, 2014

Sailing in Roslagen, 12-14th of July






Great start of the summer holiday, sunny sailing for a couple of days with the lady.. Friday night we stayed in harbour, Saturday we sailed to Tjärsholmen, Sunday to Brännäset, and Monday morning back to Herräng..

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Sailing in Roslagen, 4th-6th of July







A three day sailing trip with the old crew from Jämtland.. Hans, Martin, Markus and Daniel dropped in late on Thursday night so we slept in the boat in the harbor.. Friday morning we cast off and sailed and motor-sailed north through the Roslagen archipelago.. A lunch-break at Korsskäret and then we continued up to Tålingen where we anchored for the night.. Saturday offered great sailing conditions with 5-7m/s and we made good spead back south and then turned north-west up in the channel towards Öregrund.. We anchored at Tjärsholmen, shallow waters but no incidents.. On Sunday we motored back towards Herräng and we arrived at the harbor at around 4.30 pm.. In all, a great weekend!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Sailing to Värlingsö, June 28th-29th


Weekend sailing with the Lady from Herräng west-north-west to the norther side of Värlingsö.. Cold and unstable weather for the season, heavy rain during the night..

Monday, June 16, 2014

Scuba Diving on the P-31 Wreck at Comino


A great Saturday with Dive Systems, taking a nice dive boat to Comino.. First dive was on the Cominetto reef, which was ok but nothing special IMHO.. Lunch & rest break in the busy Blue Lagoon.. Second dive, featured on this video was really nice though, the P-31 wreck is starting to settle in after being scuttled some years back.. Around 31C in the air and 21C in the water, summer is coming on Malta..

Sunday, June 08, 2014

Sailing, Brännäset, 6th-7th of June




Headed out after work with the lady for a late start of the Swedish national day celebration.. Motored north-east to Brännäset where we stayed the night in the company of 3 other sailboats.. A lazy Saturday with sun, siesta and a few hours work on the boat, before heading south again under sail in a fresh breeze..

Sunday, June 01, 2014

Sailing, Singöfjärden, May 30th-June 1st

First sailing weekend with the new Bellona 23.. On Saturday afternoon we left the harbour in Uddhamn after a couple of hours of work on the boat.. We motored up to the southern lee side of Lambskär and stayed the night.. On Sunday the sun was shining and the wind was blowing with a fresh breeze, so great conditions to try out the new sails and get familiar with the characteristics of the hull..

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Trail Running on Western Malta, May 25th

Trail running on Western Malta, Sunday 25th of May.. Warm day but nice views.. 

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Free-Climbing, Wied iz Zurrieq Traverse, May 17th




Back on Malta, enjoying the nice weather with a re-visit to the free-climbing traverse around Wied iz Zurrieq next to the popular Blue Grottos.. It is relatively easy with only 2-3 cruxes but the real challenge is the razor-sharp handholds and being prepared to push-off the rock if you slip to avoid the cheese grinder experience..

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Transport Voyage with New Sailboat, 10th-11th of May





Time to take the new sailboat home from where it was when I bought it in Österskär, Åkersberga, to my home harbour at the Herrängs Boatclub.. It's a Bellona 23, from the late 70's, nothing fancy but with some renovation and upgrades it should do the job nicely.. The distance of approximately 130 kilometres included the busy Furusund shipping lane, passing Kapellskär harbour, and then through the Väddö channel with two bridge openings.. We motored about 9 hours on Saturday and another 4 on Sunday, almost becalmed the whole time so no sailing.. A bit chilly for the season with 5-9 C mixed with rain and at times, fairly dense fog..

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Cave Diving, Gozo, Malta, April 27th

Sunday scuba diving on Gozo, Malta's little sister island.. First dive was on a wreck where we headed down towards 40 meters and had a nice swim-through.. Second dive was in a shallow bay where we had a look into two nice underwater caverns..

Wreck Diving, Gozo, Malta, April 27th

Sunday scuba diving on Gozo, Malta's little sister island.. First dive was on a wreck where we headed down towards 40 meters and had a nice swim-through.. Second dive was in a shallow bay where we had a look into two nice underwater caverns..

Monday, March 03, 2014

Hiking, Kindla Nature Reserve, 1st-2nd of March

Kindla nature reserve, March 1st-2nd 2014.. Made a miss-calculation and assumed the snow would be gone but far from it.. Snowshoes and ski poles would have been great, but I managed to trudge through the deep snow anyways.. Started at Lövåsen on the south side and spent the night up on the Kindla mountain on the northern side.. Calm and beautiful area..

Saturday, February 22, 2014

XC-Ice Skating, Gisslaren, February 22nd

XC-skating with my brother Jon on Lake Gisslaren in Uppland, 22nd of February 2014.. After 3 weeks of warm weather and rain, the ice is in bad condition on most of the lakes in the Stockholm region.. But we had a great morning on sufficiently strong but soft ice, covered either in 1-2 cm of water or soft slush..

Sunday, February 09, 2014

XC-Skating, Skokloster/Ekoln, Feb 9th

Sunday morning solo xc-skating, starting from Skokloster Camping and heading north.. With more than a week of temperatures above freezing plus a fair bit of rain, all snow is now gone and the ice on the lakes is clear and covered with a thin layer of water.. Being solo, and still recovering from a very bad cold, I kept the pace low but it was still great to be out and enjoy these magical conditions..

Saturday, February 01, 2014

XC-Skiing and XC-Skating on Lake Mälaren, Feb 1st


Headed out solo for some winter magic on Lake Mälaren.. Started at Varpsund in the southern end of Ryssviken and headed north up towards Gorran and then back the same route.. About 25% of the trip was on skis and the other 75% on skates.. The ice was 10+ cm with some 5-8 cm of wet snow on top.. 

Sunday, January 26, 2014

XC Ice Skating on Lake Hjälmaren, Jan 26th


Headed a fair bit South-west to lake Hjälmaren in search for clear ice with Jon & Magnus.. We had good fortune once again and enjoyed great conditions.. We started at Norra Fiskeboda, and passed Edet, Tåken and Vinön Before making a loop South and then back.. If the weather holds we hope to try out the archipelago next weekend..

Saturday, January 18, 2014

XC Ice Skating, Gisslaren and Vällen, January 18th


After a longer period of sub-zero temperatures, which (unfortunately?) was also accompanied by a lot of snow, Jon,  Magnus and myself headed to the lakes of Gisslaren and Vällen in Northern Uppland.. Good fun to skate in the powder, but one has to take care on the ice beneath, frequently checking the conditions and thickness..

Sunday, January 05, 2014

Cyclocross, Järvafältet, January 5th





Sunday morning cyclocross ride on Järvafältet.. Still grey and muddy but with a nice fog that brightened up a bit.. Settled with 20 kilometres in moderate pace..