Start Hiking!


Wanna try to get out on a hike yourself? Great, then I just have one thing to say to you. Do it!

Hiking must be one of the easiest activities you could devote yourself to. You don’t need any memberships, your body is your tool and the nature is your local. But still you might find it hard to begin, to know where to start. If you enter an outdoor store or search for hiking on the internet, you will shortly hear about of tons of products that you ”have” to have. Terms as Shell jacket, GoreTex, Gaiters, Bivy sacks etc. is used frequently. ”My god, what do they even mean?! And what kind of sleeping pad do I want? What kind of tent? Sleeping bag?” The amount of information can easily be overwhelming and it might seems easier to just forget about it and stay home.

Is it really supposed to be this hard? No it’s not. And it isn’t. That’s why I have put together this site. Here you can find all basic information that you’ll need to get out on a hike, regardless if its a day hike or a longer one. When you feel comfortable about hiking and know what its all about, then you can start to dig deeper into the subject on your own.

So, let’s have a closer look at the most frequently asked questions, questions that you aslo need ask and answer yourself before you enter the wilderness.

How do I start?Step by step

Where should I go?Find a trail

What should I bring?Packing list and tips

What should I eat?Information about food and recipes 

On Wilderness Stories Pinterest-site, you’ll find more suggestions for trails, DIY tips, survival strategies etc. under the different pinboards.

Good luck!

Me who runs the blog

... is Linda Åkerberg. I'm a 32 years old photographer based in Stockholm, Sweden. Read more about me here

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Someone once asked me if I didn't loose track of the days hiking the PCT. My answer was 'No, it was actually the opposite, I could easily recall the days, even months back. We just didn't call them by the name we use in "normal life". In the wild we simply referred to them after what made them special.' This is for example a pic from "Fog Day" (or as all the others would call it, May 6) last year. 
PCT, mile ~426
How do you prepare for a hike on a trail you never been on before? Read about my second step in my preparation for Everest Base Camp trek: Setting a time schedule, at wilderness-stories.com (link in bio)
Pic from PCT mile ~1973, in one of the weirdest landscapes I've ever seen: the lava fields in Oregon.
Passing the 2600-mile marker on the PCT was a big thing for me. Being the last 100-marker with only 50 mile to go it was clear that I was gonna complete the entire trail. Now I've seen that I've also passed 2600 followers here on Instagram! I'm so happy for all of you and that you want to follow me on my adventures! Hearing from you, meeting you and hear your own stories is what keeps me going - so from the bottom I'm my heart, THANK YOU! ❤️
One year ago today, on June 5th 2016, I summited my very first mountain, Mount Whitney on a side trail of the PCT. With its 14505 ft / 4421 meter it counts as the highest mountain in the "lower 48" (the U.S. except the 2 states of Alaska and Hawaii). It was a bit tricky in the snow, but we all made it! I know there's a lot more snow in the Sierras this year so I wish all the thruhikers of 2017 all the best and also want to send them a reminder to stay safe. If Whitney feels to risky when you pass it, you can always do it later. The mountains won't go anywhere. ❤️
If you have a dream or something you really want to do, it can be a little bit scary to make it happen. We make up ideas about why now isn't the right time, why it's better to do it later. But the truth is that there's no better time than right now. Don't push forward your dreams. Make them happen. ☀️
Me after my first full day of kayaking last week. It was a bit scary and on this pic I'm super tired but so happy at the same time because I finally did it! And it was so much fun!
If there's something you feel like trying, just do it. Don't make up excuses for why now isn't the best time. Yesterday I rented a kayak and crossed through the islands in the Stockholm archipelago for the very first time. I moved here 13 years ago and I can't believe it's took me so long to do this! 
Good side with the story though: It's never to late.
2:30 in the morning and the sun is slowly rising over the Baltic Sea. I just love those bright summer nights. ❤️
Spent the whole day yesterday in the beautiful Nacka nature reserve just outside Stockholm. It's amazing how fast you can get out in nature, even in such a big city as the capital of Sweden! From the stockholm central station it's less then a 30 minutes drive and with the metro it will go even faster!
Tried a new form of workout yesterday: I put my backpack on and cycled to the store for some grocery shopping. 15K and 15kg on my back surely made me feel both good and exhausted afterwards!

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