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My full name is Mads Christian Larsen, I am 24 years old and originally from Copenhagen, Denmark. When I’m not skiing the length of Norway, I work in an outdoor-gear shop in Copenhagen. Besides that, I’m an outdoor guide working in various fields, and at the moment, I’m trying to compare my work in the shop with freelance guiding. Although that’s sort of on a hold while I’ll be gone.
I’ve been in the Danish Armed Forces for two years, doing my service in the Reconnaissance Battalion as a sergeant of rank, mostly teaching and instructing in fields such as navigation, first-aid, field training, bushcrafting, weapon training, ect.
After the military, I moved to Alta in Northern Norway for my first guide-job. I trained sleddogs for racing and guiding at Trasti & Trine A/S, taking clients on trips ranging from 1 hour to multiple days in the arctic. If you haven’t been – GO! It’s one of my favourite parts of the world. Just look at the open fields on the picture below. The picture is taken in Stabbursdalen National Park around April 2016. Once the night took over, the northern lights danced in the sky. Luckily, I will be back in Stabbursdalen very soon at the best time of year: April/May!
After some time in Norway, I moved to Tasmania, Australia for another guide job at Tasmanian Expeditions (World Expeditions), bringing clients into massive UNESCO World Heritage areas, such as the South-West NP, Cradle Mt-Lake St. Clair NP, Walls of Jerusalem NP ect. Climbing mountains and walking through valleys. Tasmania is another must-visit place for adventurous souls. Temperate rainforests, exposed dolerite cliffs and beautiful sandy beaches. Buy a Par Avion-ticket for a small 10-seater airplane and let it take you into the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage site, South-West National Park – a truly remote place with a lot of history to it. Go off-track bushwalking for weeks or bring your trad-rack and climb Precipitous Bluff (PB).
As of 10th of January, I’ll be walking the length of Norway on skis with the dog Jossi. It’s been a dream of mine for a long time and I’ve been planning on/off over the years. In August 2018 I decided that this coming winter was the right time – so the planning got more detailed and I started to prepare myself for 4 months in a tent. So here we are – almost ready to set off, not long to go. Spending Christmas with my loved ones, working a bit in between and getting the last things ready. Pretty stressful really, but it will all be worth it once I set off.
Thank you so much for reading.