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January 2022

Sveaskog supports efforts for MLAU trail

Copyright: Fredrik Broman

Sveaskog has got more than 800 employees throughout Sweden and is owned by the Swedish state. This company owns 14% of the forest land in Sweden, making them the country’s largest forest owner. Sveaskog sells sawlogs, pulpwood and biofuel to customers, primarily in the pulp and paper and sawmill industries. They also works with land transactions and develops the forest as a venue for hunting, fishing and other nature-based experiences. Sveaskog is the Swedish market leader within forest regeneration and seedlings through Svenska Skogsplantor. The forest and its assets are Sveaskog’s core business. Conducting forestry operations and developing new business opportunities and applications for wood raw material, wood products and forest land are a major responsibility. Sustainable development permeates every aspect of Sveaskog’s business. A tree that is planted today will be harvested in 60 to 120 years. The growing forest and production of wood raw material make a substantial contribution to counteract climate change.

A lot of the trails we are using go through Sveaskog forests and we are lucky enough to be able to use some of their cabins as checkpoints, too. So, for the Montane Lapland Arctic Ultra it was a logical move to see if Sveaskog somehow wants to get involved. Thanks to Sveaskog’s strategic goal to develop forests also for activities, they were interested in finding out more and soon after decided to come on board. What’s great about the MLAU is that it helps develop and promote infrastructure that is there for anybody to use, particpants in our race, tourists and of course locals who enjoy the winter trails in the region – on foot, ski or snowmobile. Therefore, Sveaskog is happy to contribute with efforts that will go into trail breaking, maintenance and marking and maintenance of cabins. All absolutely vital things for the MLAU and great for all others who will venture out on this trail. Thank you Sveaskog!

Kahtoola sponsors MLAU 2022

There are more dangers to the winter than hypothermia and frostbite. It’s an obvious one! Yes, I am talking about slippery surfaces due to ice or snow. Right when I started organising the Montane Yukon Arctic Ultra, almost 20 years ago, I knew it’s something I should look into. I quickly came across Kahtoola, a US-based company that was started by climber Danny Giovale in 1996. He had slipped on snow while descending from a mountain in the Italian Dolomites. Afterwards, he searched for a packable traction device for flexible footwear that could be used in more versatile situations than a bulky, heavy mountaineering crampon. Back then, Danny did not find anything that convinced him and invented the first KTS Hiking Crampon for flexible boots. The rest is history.

Since then Kahtoola has invented their famous MICROspikes which have helped make mountain adventures a lot safer. This combination of a chain and spikes is light, compact and super easy to use on any running or hiking shoe, and makes them well suited for steep, challenging snow and ice.

Another great product for winter running are the Kahtoola EXOspikes. They excel on a wide variety of terrain and surfaces because of the innovative profile and spike solution they feature. Plus the EXOspikes are incredibly abrasion-resistant and you can leave them on if your run or hike takes you over areas with no snow or ice cover. From fall to spring, when there is a chance of coming onto slippery trails in the mountains where I live, I have got my EXOspikes with me.

For the MLAU you can use either. The MICROspikes will give you a bit more grip on the steep up- and downhills. If your plan is to mainly use your spikes for those situations and otherwise you are confident you will be fine without them, that’s the product you should go for. If you feel more comfortable with traction also in less steep terrain and you want to wear them as a precaution a lot of the time, then I recommend the EXOspikes. They will feel more natural when the surface is hard.

For more information about Kahtoola please check out their website kahtoola.com.