NEW FALL WOMEN'S APPARELDetails
BDTV EPISODE ONE
The Sylarna Traverse is one of Sweden’s most iconic mountaineering objectives, a knife-edge ridge of rock and snow balanced on the border of Sweden and Norway. A popular scramble in summer, it adopts a more alpine character in winter, wind-whipped by fog and cloaked by mushrooms of rime ice from storms blown in from the Norwegian Sea.
But on this day, the weather smiles on Henrik Westling as he makes his way up the shoulder of the Templet, the traverse’s first obstacle. Steady on his frontpoints, Henrik, a former pro skier, climbs with a practiced confidence. At 42, he has the lean, compact build of a trail runner and his thirty years of experience in these mountains are evident in his metronomic pace. Two days before, he and Mattias Skantz became the first people to climb and ski every peak in the provinces of Jämtland and Härjedalen. One hundred seventy-eight in all, and few in such good weather.
READ THE FULL STORY
SKIING 178 PEAKS
Six years before, the seed of a new project began to sprout in Henrik's mind. Season after season, he realized, he was touring up the familiar peaks over and over again. "Instead of going to the same summits every time, I decided I will try to do a new summit every time."
Different summits presented different challenges. Some, like Sylarna, were more technical. Simpler peaks were made much more challenging by bad weather: Henrik was nearly stranded on Väjrakliehpie (1036 m) when the batteries on both his watch and phone died, leaving him in a whiteout without GPS. Others were difficult only because of the approach. The most remote summit in the North of Jämtland, Sandfjället (1230 m), required a 40-kilometer approach each way.
"You get used to it after a while," Henrik says of the long approaches. "You just have to pack up and start walking. If you put one foot in front of the other, you will get there sooner or later. And 16 hours, maybe it sounds like a long time, but there are some people working 16 hours a day, and that’s probably a lot harder than walking. I love the feeling of being on my own, the silence and the time to think."