I have decided that I will attempt to “section hike” all 5 Skåneleden Trails in Sweden. I’ve already hiked different sections on different trails. I am progressing with SL3 at present time and so far I have completed about 77 km of this trail. In January I got off the trail not far from Frostavallens Hostel so this is where I started. I took a train from Copenhagen Central to Mamö where I took another train to Höör. From here I rode a bus up to the hostel.
It was about 10:30 am on Saturday morning when I started out. There was a lot of snow still here compared to Copenhagen. I wore my inov-8 ROCLITE 282 GTX Gore-Tex Trail shoes and a pair of Darn Tough Boot Socks Full Cushion. These proved to be a perfect choice even with the “slosh ice” snow on the trail. Gore-tex will after sometime allow moisture to penetrate the material, but my wool blend socks kept my feet nice and toasty. Later that evening when I changed into my Smartwool thick hiking socks for sleeping in, I realised that my Darn Tough socks, that I had hiked in all day, were slightly wet although I could not feel that they were. Just love these socks!
It didn’t take me long to hike the last bit of section 7 and reach the Maglebjär shelter. I’m glad that I always have my trekking poles with me; it made this trip especially a lot easier.
I could see that there was 2 different parties ahead of me on this section of the trail. There was a group of about 3 and one person with a dog. When I reached Onsvalakällan I met up with the group of 3 who had occupied the shelter there. They were 3 young Danish guys. I wished them a good weekend and continued. I’m not good at taking breaks or stopping for lunch. I normally walk all day just snacking on food as I go. This seems to work for me; maybe I’ll stop for breaks in the warmer months next to some nice stream or a place with a view.
After that I didn’t see anybody the rest of the weekend. Although I could still see the person with the dog tracks in the snow until they disappeared at some time on Sunday. I continued through the beech woodland and past this beautiful lake area.
I had planned to tent at the Bjeveröd shelter area for the night, but it didn’t appeal to me and it was also too early at around 3:30 pm. So with nearly 2 hours of daylight left, I continued on.
I eventually found a spot in a forrest not too far from the trail. It was about 16:40 and I had about 45 minutes before the sun went down. It didn’t take me long to get settled and have dinner. It started to rain and so I settled in for the night.
I was looking forward to listening to the latest of Bob’s podcasts from the Outdoors Station. This time it was about Stormin Stoves. I was quite tickled to be laying there out in the middle of nowhere and I received a mention on the podcast. I had left a question to ask Stormin Stoves on the Outdoors Station Facebook page.
I took my time getting out of bed on Sunday morning. There was a constant rain so I decided to have breakfast and coffee in bed today. Quite easy to do in my Zpacks Duplex tent; in fact I had the door open all night even with the rain coming down. I had no rain enter the cabin.
I guess it was about 9:15 am before I continued on my way backpacking the last of section 10 for this hike. It rained for a further 3 hours so I used my EuroSchirm Swing liteflex trekking umbrella. I still haven’t found a fastening system for fixing it to my backpack that I feel comfortable with yet, so I stored one of my trekking poles in my pack.
After passing the shelter area at Ekeröd I continued on for a short road walk until I reached the bus stop with about 20 minutes to spare. The Malmö Express stops here 10 minutes in the hour several times a day. From Malmö I took the train back to Copenhagen Central station and you guessed it, I had to buy a 🍔 before catching my awaiting train home.