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Francois Quiquet: This is an opportunity to explore new areas, new techniques, and to get to know new people who share the same passion.
courtesy Francois Quiquet, SOURCE

courtesy Francois Quiquet, SOURCE

courtesy Francois Quiquet, SOURCE

courtesy Francois Quiquet, SOURCE

Heads up: Francois Quiquet to Swedish Lapland and other ice fields

Posted: Sep 22, 2010 02:45 pm EDT
The Frenchman plans to shift his adventures from the mountains to the ice fields, he told ExplorersWeb. To start off, he is planning a short skiing and sledge-hauling expedition in Swedish Lapland during the coming winter, all on his own.

During the trip he also plans to climb Kebnekaise, the highest peak in Sweden. Kebnekaise, a mountain located about 200 km north of the Arctic Circle, is 2111 meter high and is part of the Scandinavian Alps, Francois said.

My trip will follow a track named "Kungsleden" which means "road" in Swedish. This is one of the oldest routes and wildest in Europe. It dates back to the late nineteenth century and was created as an initiative of Turistföreningen Svenska (STF), Swedish counterpart of the French Alpine Club, in order to make the most remote parts of Lapland accessible.

Francois will carry all his food, fuel and equipment needed for the 100 km trek in his sled. He will use a GPS and compass to navigate in case of bad weather.

The winter in Lapland lasts from October to April. During this period the weather changes very quickly, even several times a day. Temperatures average -10°C. The worst is the blizzards in which it is impossible to make progress because of near zero visibility. Temperatures can then go down to -20°C. The exposed parts of the body (face and hands) become numb in less than a minute.

Francois said the route will be through the highest mountains in Sweden with lots of vertical drop, through several mountain passes and across broad valleys. Pulling a pulk may be difficult and exhausting depending on the terrain: uphill, elevation and the snow quality.

He added that he likes the preparation part of an expedition as it is very important in the success of the project. And, This is an opportunity to explore new areas, new techniques, and to get to know new people who share the same passion.

Route plan:

Day 1: Abisko - Abiskojaure (15 km)
Day 2: Abiskojaure - Alesjaure (20 km)
Day 3: Alesjaure - Salka (25 km)
Day 4: Salka - Singi - Kebnekaise (26 km)
Day 5: Ascent of Kebnekaise (2111 m)
Day 6: Kebnekaise - Nikkaluokta (19 km)

Francois Quiquet was born in Lille, France, in 1973. He lives in Paris since 1996 and works as an IP Network Engineer.

He climbed mountains like Mont Blanc (4.810m), Kilimanjaro (5.895m - Tanzania) and Gran Paradiso (4.061m - Italy) and is now venturing off to Swedish Lapland to gain experience for further sledge-hauling expeditions on Spitsbergen, Baffin Island and Greenland.


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