I’ve been climbing, hiking and skydiving for a few years now, but despite the risks, I have never been around to see someone badly hurt or killed in an accident. The closest I’ve come was passing a hiker in Sweden a few hours before he fell off a cliff and died on the same route I had just taken.
In June 2010 I had made the long journey to the north of Sweden to do a section of the Kungsleden (‘King’s Trail’). It is Sweden’s great hiking track, running from up in the Arctic circle down south for over 400km. I had nine days and was going to get as far as I could before I had to find my way out a side trail to get to a road and public transport.