OLD NEWS >> February - March 2004
My Internet connection is working again and I finally I got some time
to update my site. Now you can find 63
photos which our team took before, during and after the race in Patagonia.
The organizers surprised and put a great amount of photos on their site
(and they are still adding more). I have spent a few hours looking at
them today. Go to the picture
gallery on the official site of PER and choose: "All tracks"
and "02-Reebok Adventure" if you want to see pictures of our
team. They have also managed to translate the whole news
site/update to English so if you want to read how the race was from
their point of view, check it out.
My race report is not ready yet. I was working a lot during the last 2
weeks; some days from 7:30 am to 10 pm. I have still done some training.
Not much but enough to realize how much I enjoy it.
Tomorrow I start in a new job - I will work in the international office
at the university in Falun. I was working at the university 2 years ago
and I liked it. It is full time, less stressful and better paid than my
job as a teacher.
2004-02-29 Back at home! A bit tired (partly because of the long
travel back) but healthy except for some little pain in my left Achilles
tendon. The race report with pictures and scanned maps will come soon
- hopefully - I just need some energy and time to write it.
I have already started to work today. No traing yet but perhaps I start
tomorrow if I feel better.
Luckily, also all our gear came back with us. The box with my bike, paddle,
shoes, life jacket, dirty clothes etc is now waiting in the hall to be
In the meantime you can check the following sites:
results on the site of PER (so far in Spanish only)
photos on the site of PER
race reports from www.sleepmonsters.com (from the beginning of the
The site of the
Danish team Tscherning-Löberen with some race reports from PER
article in local newspapers about out team (in Swedish)
2004-02-24 The crazy race is over, 4th place
only 2 min behind Adventor Uruguay at 3rd place..!!! The team arrived
to the finish in Puerto Williams in the afternoon 21/2 and they are all
healty and in a relatively good shape. Partly because they had opportunity
to get some sleep during the two compulsory stopp that was included in
The most crusial and toughest sektions were the trekking parts, a lot
of dead fallen trees, djungle and many wet bogs. For example, one trekking
section took them 2 days to compleat.
I can imagine that our friends now are very happy to have compleated the
race, but at the same time disappointed, Patagonia Expedition Race promised
60.000 USD for the first 3 teams. Reaching the finish line 2 min to late
must be really tough. Specially when the organisers made several serious
mistakes. Some CP:s was not correct placed and the team had to search
for many hours, the race director promised them time compensation but
he did not keept his promise at the end. The rope section had to be closed
after just a couple of teams had passed through, the rope was nearly broken.....
Of course we don´t know what happens in this matter when the mainsponsor
no longer supporting the race.
Anyway, they are now an experience richer and even it cost much time,
money and effort, they had done someting to be really proud of. Well Im
sure they are, or at least will be..
25/2 the team will fly back to where it all started, Punto Arenas, and
from there back home to Sweden.
2004-02-22 Main sponsor, Planet Patagonia, pull out
during the race..!!? A short message reach me by mail: "The race
did not meet the strict criteria necessary to be included under the Planet
Patagonia brand name for 2004. However, we are happy to inform you that
the race is alive and well and that our relationship with the race organizers
is alive and healthy". Let us hope this don't effect the competitors
during or efter the race to mutch.
The race should be over by now and I am eager to get some information
how it all end up.
2004-02-19 3 days and 11hours into the race, at CP 8
out of 17, Reebook adventure is on 4th place. Just 3h and 6min after the
leading team Xinix. The first three teams are all within 26 minutes. Nine
teams still on course. Unfortunately it is very difficult to get information
about whats going on, the organisers is not good at all to update their
2004-02-17 At CP2, after the first mountainbike section
(70km), Eva, Mike, Per and Per where on 3rd place, 9 min after the leading
danish team, Tscherning-Loberen. A quick chance and then enter the water
Seven hour and 60km later at CP3, the team still keeping the 3rd place,
only 14 min behind now leading Xinix.
The disiplines to CP4 and 5 was mountanbike and to CP6 trekking. At CP6
they where on 5th place, 2h and 40min behind Xinix.
At this point they have been racing for 2days and 12 hours , we are just
in the beginning of the race. There will for sure happens a lot the coming
2004-02-17 The race has begin, 10 teams left Punta
Arenas 15/2 07:30. Beside our Swedish gang, the New Zeeland team Xinix
is one of the favourites
The teams will now fight against each other for at least 6 days. Patagonia
Expedition race consist a 500km course, diveded into 8 different stages,
2 trekking (150km), 3 kayak (150 km) and 3 mountainbike (200km). Along
the course the teams will visit 17check points. Finding the best way between
the CP:s, is one of the most important things if you want to succeed in
a race like this. Not to easy when you suffering from shortage of sleep
and lack of food. In Patagonia there will be even more difficult, because
many of the maps are only satellite photos..
2004-02-14 The team has arrived to Chile-Punta Arenas
after a trip without trouble. The weather is very good and the sun is
shining. But it can quickly change, so they better put some worm clothes
among their racing equipment. But for the moment short tights seems to
be the favourite outfit. Quite a difference from here in Sweden..
As always before a competition in adventure racing, there are a lot of
things to do and many questions to sort out, what clothes shall we wear,
how mutch, food, energy bars, gel, candy and chips shall we bring? In
this race it is especially difficult because the team only allowed to
meet their prepacked food twice. As the competition will last aproximately
6 days, it also means they have to carry food for at least two days.
During this day the team managed to pass through the equipment controll
and the rope "skill-test". Yesterday they showed the racing
staff that they could fall into the water from a caone and then get back
into it. To make it easier, they used some kind of floating device on
their paddels. Let us hope they don't need to practise that during the
race. Witch starts in only 10 hours.
2004-02-09 Our journey to Patagonia starts in a few hours
(Stockholm-Madrid-Santiago de Chile-Punta Arenas). It has been a bit hectic
with all the packing during the last days but almost everything is under
control now. Keep your figers crossed for us so that we needn't pay for
any excess baggage at the airport....
One of my friends is going to update my homepage with reports from the
race, so that you can follow our team here. Patagonia
Expedition Race starts on 15th of February.
Thanks to Jonas, Patrik, James (and perhaps some other people) for lending
me some equipment, Staffan for taking care of my rats and Antti from Finland
for organizing my shoes VJ Sarva. And especially my parents who helped
me a lot with finacing the trip.
2004-02-07 The maps from Stockholm Winter Adventure Race
with our route choices can be found in "maps"
now (orienteering, MTB and skating).
Last weekend we had a training camp with the team for Patagonia
Expedition Race (Mikael Nordström, Per Henriksson, Per Vestling
and I). Kayaking, rope technique, running and disscusions about the equipment,
our tactic etc. were on the programme. We have taken some pictures
during the traing of jumar ascending and absailing. Thanks to Kajaktiv
and Dala Fritid
who lent us the K2 kayaks. PowerBar
helps us with the gels and bars which we are going to eat during the race.
If you understand Swedish you can read an article from the newspapers
nästa mål" (South America next goal). The photo here
is taken by @ Bons Nisse Andersson.
Only 4 days left to our departure!
I have just moved to a new apartment and have been pretty busy with it.
Still some stuff is left in my car or unpacked in the middle of the living