The sacred simplicity of nature

Posted on Nov 18th, 2017 - By Roger Norling - 0 Comments

At a spiritual level there are two reasons that drive me to regularly spend nights alone in the woods, all through the ever changing year. The two…

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Customs, life and generations

Posted on Oct 27th, 2017 - By Roger Norling - 0 Comments

I love Mora knives. There, I've said it. I know not everyone agrees to their greatness, but I grew up with Mora knives being the only knife everyone…

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Nature, solitude and company

Posted on Oct 24th, 2017 - By Roger Norling - 0 Comments

As a father of two fantastic boys, hiking & camping means different things to me, depending on for what reasons, and how it is all done. And the…

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The Fall of Western Civilization, or just a bump in the road

Posted on Jan 14th, 2017 - By Roger Norling - 0 Comments

It might seem odd writing about civilization and city life on a site that focuses on nature and traditional way of life, but as the latter connects…

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What’s in a name? Some thoughts on Norse culture, nature and name choosing.

Posted on May 11th, 2016 - By Roger Norling - 0 Comments

It might seem a bit odd writing about old Norse gods and mythology on a blog that primarily focuses on nature, hiking and bushcraft, but living in…

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The Sound of the Raven

Posted on May 8th, 2016 - By Roger Norling - 0 Comments

Some of my favourite sounds in the woods are the sounds that the raven make. After the raven disappearing almost completely, the forests I go into…

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Sviðna, Svedjebruk and Slash & Burn cultivation

Posted on May 4th, 2016 - By Roger Norling - 0 Comments

Out of the ashes that is left after the burning of peat, bushes and sticks a remarkable fertility now arises, so that especially if you therein sow…

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Why go on solo hikes?

Posted on Feb 21st, 2016 - By Roger Norling - 0 Comments

Camping and hiking for most people means a group activity, something you do with your friends and family to provide company and comfort in an…

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Dangers of winter and how to prepare

Posted on Jan 10th, 2016 - By Roger Norling - 0 Comments

Wintertime and cold weather pose their own particular challenges, discomforts and dangers and you need to know a few basics to make life easier and…

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Nordic words for snow

Posted on Dec 27th, 2015 - By Roger Norling - 0 Comments

In the parts of the world, or more specifically, the regions and places where snow has a direct influence on people's lives, it is quite common for…

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On the differences between Bushcrafting, Survivalism & Prepping

Posted on Dec 22nd, 2015 - By Roger Norling - 0 Comments

In today's society we have a few different groups and sub cultures that all take an interest in non-urban life as well as in nature and ways and…

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Let kids play with knives

Posted on Dec 6th, 2015 - By Roger Norling - 0 Comments

I was fortunate to grow up in a time and place where it was quite normal for kids, and boys in particular, to use knives, cutting twigs and branches…

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Learning to handle being lost

Posted on Oct 4th, 2015 - By Roger Norling - 0 Comments

Getting lost for some time in the wild isn't necessarily a bad or dangerous experience and also something you can practice in gradually more…

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Canoeing alone the easy way

Posted on Aug 21st, 2015 - By Roger Norling - 0 Comments

So having just gotten back from a couple of days of canoeing and having watched a flock of highschool teens loudly struggling with little resulting…

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Life in circles – small ponderings

Posted on Jun 22nd, 2015 - By Roger Norling - 0 Comments

Happy the man, who, remote from business, after the manner of the ancient race of mortals, cultivates his paternal lands with his own oxen,…

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A list of things you should get to better enjoy nature

Posted on Jun 14th, 2015 - By Roger Norling - 3 Comments

The range of products available for hiking and camping is today pretty overwhelming, with specialized high tech gear and gadgets that can often cost…

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Walking with ease and awareness

Posted on Apr 17th, 2015 - By Roger Norling - 0 Comments

We all have a natural tendency to try to choose the shortest and the easiest route as we travel to a location. The fundamental desire is to not…

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On George Washington “Nessmuk” Sears

Posted on Mar 19th, 2015 - By Roger Norling - 0 Comments

George Washington Sears (December 2, 1821 – May 1, 1890), might not be so internationally famous, but among American bushcrafters he is without…

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The importance of knowing a basic set of skills for nature

Posted on Feb 19th, 2015 - By Roger Norling - 0 Comments

Despite being vaguely aware of history and what came before us it is almost impossible to emotionally not feel as if everything has always been more…

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Everyman’s Right in the Nordic countries

Posted on Feb 3rd, 2015 - By Roger Norling - 1 Comment

While most countries in the western world designate certain remote and less populated state or commune-owned areas for camping and hiking, most of…

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Hiking alone for the first time?

Posted on Jan 23rd, 2015 - By Roger Norling - 0 Comments

So, you are considering hiking alone for the first time? What can you expect from that experience? Well first of all, it will be an amazing and…

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