As I write this the first frost has hit and it’s absolutely beautiful. Autumn equinox is here and we now move into darker times. But first we need to enjoy this fall fully, and also make sure we are ready for the colder days to come. The sun is still warm during the day, but the mornings and evenings are much cooler now.
Last Sunday me and some friends headed out to the forest to enjoy the season, watch the sunset and have a fire. It’s been a while since we went out on one of our close by adventures and it was so nice! I got to just breathe in the fresh air, bask in the golden light and just sit by a fire with my friends making food and coffee and having a good time. Life feels so simple in the forest, and when I sit by a fire I feel a lot of stress from every day life just wash away.
Since this is the time when the days are warm but the air and evenings are colder it’s important to gear up properly. I’ve been using some new clothes from Lundhags over the past months and I am very impressed by their functionality and comfort. I definitely feel ready to layer up for fall with Lundhags Merino Wool clothes.
What is merino wool?
Merino is a natural fiber with amazing properties well suited for an active outdoor life. The material is more sustainable, biodegradable, doesn’t smell and does not need to be washed that often. I just air mine! It breathes well and stays fresh while you’re moving around which is so important since having damp clothes once you stop makes you cold very quickly. At the same time it’s a very active material and does a great job keeping you cool when it’s hot, and warm (it works even if the material gets damp) when it’s cold and so it actually works great on it’s own during summer as well as fall and winter when layered with a down jacket and shell.
These are the products I’ve been using right now, and my own personal thoughts on them:
The tights I’ve been wearing both at home, while climbing and when I am in the forest. Even though they’re “just tights” they do a great job being comfortable, warm and functional with great pockets and a sturdier material with zippers for ventilation and the bottom part of the legs. The fact that they allow me be flexible while having great pockets is something I feel more sturdy outdoor pants have a harder time doing for me.
The t-shirt is just as comfortable, and I am in love with this deep mustard yellow color. It has their motto “love the seasons” printed on it and I stand by that 100% – the fact that we get to experience the change in seasons is why I love living in Sweden. As a great layer on top of that to keep me warm, and that easily fits under my jacket, I’ve been using the Full Zip. It is great for layering, looks good, is very warm and I love the fact that it has thumb holes!
I cannot stress enough how much I value these easy outings. It’s not about hiking far or reaching a certain place. We drove the car almost all the way, walked the last bit and then we just stayed around the fire. We chatted, laughed, ate and enjoyed it. It really doesn’t have to be more complicated than that to head outside. I stood on the soft moss and watched the last of the sun dip down behind the trees, and watched the heather glow in the evening light. From up there we saw across the water and down to the houses and farms on the other side. As it got dark someone there made a huge bonfire that was beautiful to sit and watch as we felt the warmth of our own fire against our hands.
The coffee was dark and strong and the embers so beautiful. I am helping out with an Outdoor Adventure Club at Engelska Skolan and our first two lessons revolve around fire so I feel extra drawn to it now, studying it closely and thinking about what it needs and the best ways to light it and keep it alive. Once the sun was down it got dark, the kind of darkness we forget about during summer. The stars where everywhere and it was easy to spot the Milky Way. In the light of my friends lantern and my headlamp we packed up, put out the fire and slowly made our way down the path to the car.
All photos are shot on the Olympus OM-D EM-1 MKII using the 45mm f/1.2 PRO and the & Olympus OM-D EM-5 MKII with the 17mm f/1.8 premium.