Hundreds of mosquito’s came into the laavu during the night. I was fortunate enough to have a piece of insect netting material to put over me, but the others were not.
We awoke at 7am, made fire and cooked breakfast
After breakfast we were soon packed and on the trail again. Very soon we located an old camp with an old fire site from in a kåta, defined by a ring of stones
The camp site was located in an area surrounded by rock on all sides and so sheltered from the worst of the weather
We also found an old turf kåta and discussed the idea to repair it as shelter for people walking the trail, where they can either sleep or just make fire and cook coffee.
Late morning we encountered a heavy thunderstorm and heavy rain. The rain continued when we stopped for lunch and so it was challenging conditions to make fire.
Per-Erik demonstrated that a piece of Juniper stem split into quarters and the centre which has a high turpentine content removed
can be ignited very easily, even in the wet. And it was not long before we had a small fire going
We arrived back in Ritsem at 7pm and for me it was a great relief as I had been suffering with pain in my hip and back. I am now seeing a chiropractor who found that my pelvis was twisted and had to be re-aligned with my back. This may unfortunately mean I cannot attend the second week of the course from Norway back to Ritsem…..we shall see.
The soul of my boot also split along the route and so I had to buy new boots when I arrived home. Per-Erik has used many different makes of boots and his recommendation was a pair of Viking Hunters
At least when I arrived home Teres had some good news for me……..I’m going to be a dad/pappa!!!!!….:>)