"On the third day, we knew we had a push to get over the highest point of the walk. The pass was the first real steep section of walking on the route, after a short but sharp climb we found ourselves on the top and stopped by a mountain hut as people gathered to rest and refuel. We were now over halfway on the walk and this was a real pivotal moment for me. I stood tired, but very proud that I had made it this far. The moment was also tinged with sadness as I realised I was now walking home. Every step we took brought us closer to real life. I didn’t expect myself not wanting to finish.
After having a moment, we started to descend the pass and chat turned to where we should camp. The landscape turned into a vast boulder field and wooden boards offered a safe passage over the tricky terrain below. Moving fast over the first three days, we contemplated our options for finishing early with a long day tomorrow. The three of us were on the same page, and very quickly decided to slow our pace and take another day to finish as we initially planned. Why rush through some of the most incredible landscape in the world to sit around in Abisko for an extra day? After this conversation my mood rose and my mind relaxed, and we decided to treat ourselves to a longer lunch break than usual. Sitting in the sun, we took our boots off and lay on our bags watching as walkers reached the checkpoint just before the Alesjaure Sami village. I tended to a small blister and enjoyed a long coffee.
Gathering ourselves up, we followed the turquoise river along to the huts and found a camping spot overlooking the lake. We even had an actual toilet a walk away from the tents and a small shop by the huts sold Swedish beer and fruit. Feeling happy with myself, I had a swim/wash in the river followed by a beer with Will and Rich. We talked, reminisced, drank, ate and watched as other walkers arrived and set up camp around the huts. How had I only known these two men for 3 days? "