Sometimes I can’t decide what I have more of, plans or excuses. I love planning and I don’t even want to think about how many plans I have that I’ve never gone through with. There’s always something that “comes in the way”. But last night there were no excuses, I was going to ski up to Ånnfjället and do some shooting in moonlight. I got a nosebleed halfway up, and even that didn’t stop me! I kept pressing snow against my nose until the bleeding stopped, figured that I can at least try to continue and then turn back if the bleeding starts again. I’m used to nosebleeds, I happened a lot when I was younger so it’s not a big deal, but it did leave me a bit shaky because of the adrenaline rush. When I was going up the steepest hill, I even felt like I might not make it, but I just took it very slowly and got all the way up. When I reached my spot, I put on a down jacket and mittens to keep warm and I soon felt better. 🙂
These opportunities with a full moon and clear skies do not come very often. And usually when it happens, it’s very cold – I’ve used the cold temperatures as an excuse in the past. Although, maybe -20°C isn’t an excuse… just smart. I need to gain almost 400 m in altitude to get up there and doing that in deep freeze is not good for the lungs! Anyway, last night wasn’t that cold, it was -6°C when I started and -13°C when I came home. Up on the mountain it’s not as cold as down here, so the conditions were perfect. A little bit of wind, but not enough to blur out the trees during the exposure.
I’m so happy I finally did it! I wish I could say I had a great time doing it, but the nosebleed ruined it a little bit. So I will just say that I a good time up there, and I hope I don’t have any excuses when the next opportunity comes up!