Currently in Norway (Mo-i-Rana) and trying out the mobile app on my Nexus 4 for the first time. Unfortunately my luggage never arrived in Helsinki with me and almost 2 weeks later it still hasn't been found which is s real nuisance. Lost some of my TA hiking gear including Hoka One One Challenger shoes and new Icebreaker GT long-sleeve top. Have had to buy some Salomon XA Pro shoes as well as hiking short and shorts in Finland.
Also lost cables etc so having problems transferring photos from camera to phone or B's Surface Pro 3 at moment so photos might have to wait for now.
Funny thing though :-)........ Among the cable was the special USB to charge my Suunto Ambit 3 - not so easily replaced!! Anyway, our friends Janne and Katja live not far from Helsinki so they very kindly took us shopping at some outdoor shops in Vantaa to replace some of my essential clothing items and, lo and behold, right next door was the Suunto headquarters!!! With some prompting from Belinda and Katja (we men are hopeless at asking!!), we decided to go inside and ask them where we might be able to get a new one in short order. To cut a long story short, the lovely Pia was passing reception at the time (lunchtime!) and after a brief discussion she offered me one of her cables as a replacement!! Can't complain about that - thanks to Suunto and Pia in particular. So now I have been able to record some of our walks no problem (see links below) without running out of juice.
As discussed in my earlier post, we did get to Kilpisjarvi and climb Saana Fell Monday 24th which was spectacular, as one of the higher points in Finland. An 8+km round trip and about 500 vertical metres with a hell of a lot of wooden steps up part of the climb!
Made an impulse stop today at one of Norway's national parks (at Storjord/Saltdal) and went for a 5km hike through forest, alongside rivers to a waterfall. Some stunning, dramatic landscapes in the bits of Norway we have been through so far!
If I have done this right there should be a photo above, taken on the Nexus4, of Belinda crossing a swingbridge on today's short hike!
May try and update a bit more once we get to friends' place at Ostersund, Sweden tomorrow where we will have a chance to shuffle the photos off the camera with any luck.
Belinda and Anthony (aka Tony) Hadfield made a decision, in their late 50's, to do something a "bit different" and walk New Zealand's 3000km Te Araroa Trail over summer 2015/16 - although updates will now tell you that this plan will take longer now!!. As the old saying goes - "don't leave home 'til you've seen the country"!!