Top 10 benefits of going on a human powered outdoor travel adventure

May it be bicycletouring, trailrunning, hiking, climbing, skiing or other outdoor activity. There are great benefits to travel outdoors and this list will give you some direct understanding to why.

 

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Puna de Atacama Argentina the peak visible is Veladero (6436m) Once you leave the paved roads and with that the last connection to civilization the adventure feeling is undeniable.

 

 

1. Your body and mind were not designed through evolution to sit still indoors. When you start to activate your body with motion in a natural environment your systems will thank you with all kinds of benefits from feelings of joy to increased immune system functionality.

 

2. Your tolerance for other people will grow. Your patience for experiences in general will expand. Patience and accepting what is at any moment, is another great quality that will be forced to development out of exposing yourself to the less comfortable elements of outdoor adventures like weather management or pushing through a long day.

 
3. Experiencing the kindness and being able to connect to strangers through the way you travel. There is a big difference arriving in a jeep or a bicycle to a remote village somewhere on the planet. People react depending on your means of transportation. People will recognize your fearless attitude, travelling exposed to the world and just might want to help you out, with food, water or accommodation.

 
4. Escaping the ordinary. Everyday will be a new day with new experiences and new people. You will not know where you will be sleeping next and that will be a great feeling of freedom.

 

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Enjoy the greatest artistic work on the planet! Photo taken in Cordillera Blanca range, Peru

 

5. You will experience the greatest artist of them all, nature. It can be very fulfilling exploring new places in nature that are visually rewarding. Bring a camera and capture the greatest moments, colors, summits, mountains, waterfalls and sunsets.

 
6. You will have time to catch up with your favorite podcast or book. If the landscape is not enough to entertain you there is a full internet universe to dig into and expand on your interests, download and enjoy beyond the borders of civilization.

 

7. Human powered adventures directly translates to putting in the work that will generate  greater rewards later on. It can be a meal, a camp spot or a destination. Your fitness and body function will also rise and adapt to the activity that you are doing.

 
8. Confidence that is created with a completed adventure project will boost you into new spaces in your mind and ideas for greater adventures in the future. It will make you dream bigger.

 

9. Going solo will make it easier for you to meet new people from around the world and you can find out who you are outside of your group of friends or coworkers. It will also help you to develop your relationship with yourself. You will appreciate relationships and friendships more once you have been without them for a while.

 

10. Creating memories for a lifetime is something of true value that cant be taken away from you. Going through an adventure with friends will create a special bond that will last for a lifetime and can bring a lot of value through the years when you see each other again and bring up that time you climbed a mountain or cycled across the planet.

 

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Completing Tanglangla pass (5328m) highest road pass I have done with a fully loaded bicycle. North India.

 

My top 10 advice to consider while you plan your adventure read here.

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My Instagram account where I post photos, stories and inspiration from my earlier adventures and mystories from my ongoing training towards upcoming adventures in 2017.

 

 

 

Top 10 most inspiring extreme travel instagram accounts

If you are interested in adventure travel, exploring beyond civilization and outdoor challenges then these accounts will give you value. Im following 1122 Instagram accounts and want to share with you some of my hand picked favorites and most inspiring accounts that I have come across on the Instagram platform.

My guidelines this time have been:

  • Mental and physical challenges in nature
  • Value created in text
  • Visual value

No specific order ranking of the accounts. Enjoy!

First out is Fredrika Ek that right now is on a circumnavigation of the planet on her bicycle. She is sharing the bicycletouring experience with a positive mindset on the adventure cycling life.

 

 

Mike Horn have been in the adventure game for a long time. He has done a lot of impressive and truly challenging adventures. His latest adventure is Pole2pole and he has just completed the first part. More about that impressive journey in his Instagram feed below.

 

 

Chris Burkard is maybe not the most extreme adventurer but he knows how to capture beautiful moment beyond civilization just check out his surfing shots from the remote and cold locations across the planet.  High visual value here!

 

 

I meet Jesse Dixon last year while resting in Salta, Argentina after climbing volcano Llullaillaco (6741m). He was cycling then, and is still on the road in Colombia right now exploring with his bicycle. Great insights to the bicycletouring life.

 

 

Eskil Digernes is an norwegian photographer that have a great collection of outdoor photos. The visual value is very high indeed.

 

 

This is my friend Lars Bengssons account. He has been cycling on and off since 2004 and shares his best captures and stories from those years. Inspirational stuff as usual.

 

 

Nate Heald is an accomplished high altitude alpinist from the United States. He spends a lot of his time exploring new routes and unclimbed mountains in Peru. He is also the only one guiding on many of the technical peaks around Cuzco area in Peru.

 

 

Jenny Tough is a world traveller and adventurer she has cycled, ran, hiked, sailed, trekked, kayaked, skied, surfed, and camped across six continents. Great adventure inspiration from across the planet.

 

 

Kilian Jornet is an inspiration because of his love for the mountains that made him the greatest skyrunner on the planet. During 2017 he will try to set a new speed record on Everest.

 

 

Dave Watson shares inspiring high altitude mountaineering and skiing photography, check it out.

 

 

If you have an Instagram account that you think should be in here also put up a link in comments and I will update the blogpost with bonus Instagram accounts that belongs in this post!

Bonus accounts:

Jimmy Chin is a climber, skier and photographer, another great Instagram adventure account. Thanks for the tip Joubert De bruyn and enjoy crossing all seven continents!

 

 

Hope you have enjoyed this blogpost!

 

Help me win the male adventurer of the year award in Sweden for 2016, the winner will be decided in mars 2017. Give me a vote far down in this link and choose a female contender  as well to make the vote count: http://www.aretsaventyrare.se/nominerade.html

My Instagram account where I post photos, stories and inspiration from my earlier adventures and mystories from my ongoing training towards upcoming adventures in 2017.

 

 

Top 10 of my best advice to getting started with your own adventures!

After about 10 years of experience creating big adventures like cycling to China from Sweden or climbing the 10 highest peaks in Americas. I want to share with you some of my best tools to disconnect from my habits in society and going from idea to real life adventures, creating memories for a lifetime. 

Doesn’t matter if you want to be able to explore the wilderness outside your town or travel across the globe to climb first accents, this will help you, keep yourself centered and remembering the important stuff that will keep you on your path towards exploration beyond civilization and society or explorations beyond your earlier perceived mental and physical limitations.

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Highcamp at about 5900m of Ojos del Salado (6893m), worlds highest vulcano. In this area I dident see any human for eight days and had no connection to the outside world at all. I believe everyone needs to experience a true disconnect from society at least once during their existance to reflect on life and gain perspective.

So let me share with you my best tools tools to do this:

1. Continuity, commitment and long term investment of your time! You should do something everyday that brings you closer to the starting line, it can be training, visualization, planning or working on your social media presence, or a combination of everything. Connect to others with similar interest and put your time and energy into the process.

2. Priority! The adventure you want to create must have enough priority for you to change habits that have previously hold you back. When your priories are set, its easy to set aside time to whats truly important for you.

3. Money for adventures! It needs to be saved while working. Your value creation for others can also be transformed to money or equipment for your project. Sponsorships and cooperations can be created, it all depends on the values you can bring.

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Invited for Yak butter tea in a Tibetan village. The kindness of strangers is a great experience, bring something small from your home country and give as a gift. If the people are very poor it can be a good idea to give away a small amount of money.

4. Purpose! Look deep inside of you and define the reasons clearly for your adventure. Your motivation to follow through what you are set out to do is dependent on your purpose to be important to you, otherwise you might be back home sooner then expected when things are starting to challenge your comfort levels.

5. Training and preparations! This is the optimal way creating the best conditions for you to enjoy the planet while on your adventure. It will also help you prevent injury and help your body deal with the physical challenges. Visualization combined with physical training like running is powerful and will accelerate your journey and build confidence. When you start to get goosebumps while training and thinking of the adventure, thats how you know that you are on the right path. Trust those goosebumps on your skin!

6. Nutrition! Look over your eating habits, and experiment with foods and spices that will be available during your adventure. When you travel to new places your stomach will experience a lot of new bacteria. Your bacteria culture will change and trust me it will make an impact to your overall experience and might even make you cancel your adventure. It can be hard to imitate the bacteria culture of India for example thats why a lot of people that goes there will have at least a couple of panic shits or experience other stomach issues. The people that dont have any problems usually have plenty of travel experience and have build up a solid army of bacteria from all over the planet. So my advice is, give your system some time to adapt to the new location and food alternatives before pushing your body into a challenging adventure.

7. Gear! Its important that you can sleep and recover properly while camping out. Put money into this. A good tent that wont rip apart in windy conditons and get you wet is crucial to your recovery and overall experience. Also consider weight to function ratio of things. I dont have the newest gear and I like to carry a lot.  So dont be afraid to go heavy or opposite ultralight. It all depends on your priorities.

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I use a 105 liter backpack from Mountain Hardwear. I like things that last specially when I am on a long adventure.

8. Fear and attitude! A lot of the fear for what you are about to embark on is manifested in your super cautious preparations. Remember that if all things are known about your adventure its not an adventure anymore. All doubt in yourself needs to be handled and be replaced by positivism. This dosent mean that you should go and climb Everest without oxygen next month. It means that when you are ready you will know when that time arrives, and that journey is accelerated by a daily positive mind!

9. Get inspired! Use your free time to read about others that are doing similar things to what you want to create. Start follow these people on social medias and get daily inspiration. Also when your value system and that inner voice is craving adventure it should by itself inspire you to new explorations.

10. Lets go! Stop hesitating and act on your intuition today. Create something new that will show you more of your authentic self, and deepen your own spiritual connection. I recommend exploring solo or with a partner or a larger group of friends, all have their benefits and are worth trying. To start and get your questions some answers join some facebook communities were random friendly people will help you on your journey, just dont be afraid to ask for advice, people will help you out for free. To ask me for advice just connect with me on facebook, Instagram or youtube.

Here is a list of facebook adventure communities that will help you create your adventure:

English speaking adventurers alliance:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/adventurersalliance/

Mostly for Scandinavian adventurers but open for everyone, I am active here:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1678621392466719/

Do you need help with creating a bicycletour?

https://www.facebook.com/groups/FullyLoadedBicycleTouring/

Swedish bicycletouring community, I am also active here:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/langfardscykling/

Mountain Adventures:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/507973422565644/

Trailrunning:

https://www.facebook.com/trailrunning.community/

Trailrunning Sweden:

https://www.facebook.com/trailrunningsweden/

Help me win the male adventurer of the year award in Sweden for 2016, the winner will be decided in mars 2017. Give me a vote far down in this link and choose a female contender  aswell to make the vote count: http://www.aretsaventyrare.se/nominerade.html

Thanks alot and connect with me on social medias I am sharing adventure content, advice and travel inspiration.

Cover photo for this blogpost taken by Lostcyclist on the high altitude Puna desert in Argentina. Check out his great homepage here.

 

 

Nominated for the Adventurer of the year Award in Sweden 2016

I got the honor to be nominated again for the Adventurer of the year Award in Sweden. Last time was in 2013 and I did get the great honor to win that time. In 2013 I did a bicycletour from Chile to Ecuador along the Andes and I did climb some of the highest summits of Americas on that trip. Including Aconcagua and two times summiting  Ojos del Salado (6893m). Overall 11 summits on that trip above 5000m and I was cycling with all the mountain gear on my mountainbike.

This time I got nominated for doing my Central America adventure earlier in 2016. This trip was about going lightweight on the vulcanos of Central America and connecting the highest vulcanos with a bicycletour as I wanted to see the new countries by bicycle, its more satisfying for me to explore new places this way, and its a lot easier to connect to the local people in new countries arriving by bicycle. I also was able to combine exploring the nice beach areas of Central America with the high altitude landscapes. I like when the bicycletouring has contrasts to it and it really did in Central America because of this. The bad parts of cycling in Central America is that is can be quite crowded with cars and humans in some areas. It can be a bit dangerous and corrupt. I dident get robbed but I know other cyclists that have got their things taken by gunpoint. Well I did get a bit robbed but that was in Mexico. I did a video directly after it happened and it can be seen below:

Dont travel by bus, bicycletouring is safer 😉

To become the first person that summited Central Americas 10 highest summits was a great bonus from my adventure.

I have edited a short 5 min video with all the summits from Central America watch it here:

There is also a vlog that I did during my Central America Adventure that can be seen here:

Wait there is more!

During the last year I completed an other project that I have been working on the last couple of years! I completed climbing Americas 11 highest summits! This has only been done by a few people on the planet. It seems like this project of climbing the 10 highest summits of Americas has only been done by 7 people so far.

Its probably one of the most epic Andean adventures you can go on. It brings you beyond civilization all the time, and you will enjoy so many great views, its dangerous because you will set the bar high, like really high. The views can only be beaten by the Great Himalayas and Central Asia!

Many of the highest volcanoes has also historical values as Llullaillaco (6739m) that has the highest archaeological findings on the planet. Three children mummies from the Inca period were found in good conditions almost at the summit. On Incahuasi (6621m) an Inca golden statue were found on the summit! This is interesting evidence of the importance of these high volcanoes for the earlier cultures. I can feel something special for the Andes mountains and maybe the earlier cultures could aswell. All along the Andes the Inca trails stretches far and culminates in places like around Cuzco, Peru. There the Incas rised to their potential proving this to this day with ruins like the ones in Machu Picchu.

All the summit views from the 10 highest points in America:

My mountain explorations and adventures is a search, search for meaning beyond the consumer society. I believe the true values are hidden to most of us. We are living lives with temporary and expensive fixes for big holes in our souls and lifestyles. Slowly we are waking up to this and being more honest to ourselves. The planets future lies in our ability to rise to our potential and finding back to the true, lost and hidden values of our existence.

Help me spreed the message and inspire more people through voting on me as the adventurer of year 2016 in Sweden, It would mean a lot to me: http://www.aretsaventyrare.se/nominerade.html

In 2017 my first adventure will be to run the Swedish mountain range.  1300km along great outdoor landscapes that have been preserved and kept outside of civilization so that we can enjoy nature the way it was meant to be enjoyed.

Do something everyday that brings you closer to your true and authentic self.

Tim