When I was in my 20’s I took a little walk to Norway. Opening up the adventure lust and fantasies of a wanderer that would last me for decades. This month it was time to reinvigorate that flame. Gotta crawl before you can walk, so I started out with just a small 1 day trip camping at Møns Klint in Denmark with my girlfriend.
Møns Klint is a selection of very steep cliffs made of soft white stone situated towards the south of Zealand in Denmark. Along the cliffs is a hilly forested area riddled with hiking paths and several designated camping areas. Parking is quite easily found, and true to tradition, the car will be quite safe here in Denmark. The is a visitor center which has a shop and information center as well as a cafe.
Being that Denmark is one of the the flattest countries in the world, you can be sure to find quite a lot of local frequenting this site during the summer months, as hilly ground and cliffs are a rarity for Danes.
Be sure to visit the small town of Stege on the way to the cliffs. It is stunning.
One of the biggest mistakes people make when hiking is to take too much equipment with them. So this trip Camping at Møns Klint Denmark was a dry run for a longer and more rigorous hike later in the year, that I will take to the Hardangerviddas fjord in Norway.
There is always a transfer period where one needs to get used to living without the creature comforts of home. If you want to be comfortable, you will most likely bog yourself down with too much weight. Camping for me is about leaving the comfort zone.
A heavy pack is considered 20 % of your body weight. A light pack 10 % of your body weight. I was at the lower limit of this with a 13 kg pack, and yet I still felt som discomfort in my old back injury after a couple of hours hiking. So travel light or be strong like a donkey. It’s up to you.
The basic Equipment that you need almost for any length og hike over a day or two is:
- Sleeping mat
- Cooking equipment
- Water Containers
- Sleeping bag
- Sensible clothing
- Rain Poncho