Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Around Raslängen, almost

I have visited Raslängen  a number of times, and I have been aware of the possibility of circumnavigating the lake on foot, recently with some inspiration from a local hiking website Outsite.org I set about planning a trip.

Around Raslängen

One of the difficulties in accessing this area is the lack of nearby public transport  with the nearest bus approximately 3 hours walking away. But with access to a car then the ideal access point is Bokestad, and after 2 hours driving from Copenhagen I was erecting the tent and enjoying the view across Raslängen from a spot I have camped at a number of times.

Calm waters Raslängen


A leisurely start the following morning, had me wandering along the western banks of Raslängen towards Fuglabacken.  Raslängen is a popular canoeing destination and there are many shelter places around the lake, some accessible by foot others are normally accessed by canoe. Leaving Fuglabacken, I initially followed the Skaneleden as it wended its way west to Immeln and ultimately the coast, soon however I was turning northward through the forest looking for, but not finding, a track or trail of any kind. With some persistence and a little bushwhacking I found a road, well it was not lost, I just located it.

I followed this road to its end, and again searched for some sort of trail, but to no avail. Retracing my steps for a little while I then headed cross country to another road and after skirting a nearby house I picked up yet another road which led me to a turning circle at its terminus. It was at this point I found a trail, I thought, which appeared to head in the right direction, following what could be best described as an animal pad I ultimately descended to Raslängen. The shoreline provided a handrail to follow, however, the occasional rocky out crop, had me climbing ”up and over”  eventually arriving at a recently cleared forest area. It was here that I had lunch and decided that some road time was in order. A couple of roads soon had me descending through the forest along a foot trail to the river which links Gillesjön and Raslängen.


Bridge across  river connecting two lakes

The bridge itself was somewhat dilapidated

Missing a plank or two

However it seemed like the best option considering the alternative,

Towards Raslängen

and the warning signs to canoeists upstream.

A warning to kayakers and those in canoes.

But with the sun shining I could not complain. Having crossed the river I then followed a series of foot trails before following a road to Alltidhult. Harry Martinson, a Nobel Laureate, attended school here whilst the well known Swedish author Sven Edvin Salje used the area as a backdrop for his first novel.
Altidhult also provides a connecting link between Hallen to the east and Raslängen to the west for canoeists. I wandered along the canoe trail to the banks of Raslängen and sat appreciating the peacefulness and beauty of the area.

Soon I was climbing along the eastern side of Raslängen and with a campsite in mind, I followed the road out of Alltidhult before descending to the lake and then headed towards a preferred campsite which I had located on my previous trip in February. Sadly with the warm weather the ants had taken a liking to the same location, so with a little bit of a search a site was found nearby. Being the first trip with the Tarptent Stratospire 1, I spent a little bit of time setting it up, however, I was soon impressed with the speed with which it could be set up as well as the interior space it offered. The dimensions of the inner would suggest that it is a replica of the Scarp 1 inner and it certainly provides more than enough space for me and my gear.
I had been attracted to the Stratospire because of its 2 entries, dual apex and hexagonal based pyramid design, with a weight of less than 1 kg the shelter provides ample headroom and 2 large vestibules. The extra guy lines, attached to the apexes, and the pitch locks would appear to provide a weather worthy structure, time will tell.


Stratospire first pitch

I had been attracted to the Stratospire because of its 2 entries, dual apex and hexagonal based pyramid design, with a weight of less than 1 kg the shelter provides ample headroom and 2 large vestibules. The extra guy lines, attached to the apexes, and the pitch locks would appear to provide a weather worthy structure, time will tell. 

Stratospire in thru the backdoor

After a relaxing night, I wandered down to the lake for some water and watched two geese swim towards the bank, I assumed that as I got closer they would leave, but they did not seem perturbed by my presence.

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... they did finally paddle off

Geese 2

I climbed away from the lake towards a road which would take me back to the Skåneleden and ultimately Östafors. As I wandered through the forest, I enjoyed the the variety of bird song, the beauty and tranquility of the area. But, then I was startled by a bird flying away, after looking down I noticed the nest. I apologised profusely to the bird before moving quickly away, hopefully allowing the hen to return to the nest.

Nest

Soon I was on familiar territory following the Blekingleden/Skåneleden towards Östafors. I took my time to sit and admire the view from Boafall, it was during this time I began to plan other trips in this beautiful and varied area.

Hallan