2020 Year in Review: a look back at this year’s adventures.
I’ll be honest, the plan was not to write a year-in-review article this year, given how strange and different 2020 has been. But then I started thinking and I realized that these year-in-review posts are a way to reflect, analyze and remember whatever good things came out of it.
And actually, there are some great things worth mentioning now that I think about it...
To begin with, I had my fun traveling around Europe. I went shooting in Switzerland over the summer, when I also met up with my friend Albert Dros, and ended up going back there in autumn. I’ve always been super busy with tours and I’ve always preferred to travel overseas whenever I had the occasion, so with all the travel restrictions, this year felt like the perfect time to roam around Europe.
After months at home, the first hikes of the year in Switzerland felt like breathing again. It was my first time shooting there and I’m still amazed by the amount of wonderful places I visited.
After Switzerland, I also had the time to do some hiking in France. However, as it was starting to get more crowded around mid August, I decided to leave earlier. But I will definitely go back whenever I can to explore all the beautiful locations I couldn’t visit.
But the most epic trip of all, has been the one to Northern Europe. Jessica and I drove all the way to Swedish Lapland and back (over 8.000km!). A hiking trip to Sarek National Park had been on my bucket list forever. And this year I finally got the time to do it!
Sarek National Park is known as one of Europe’s last true wilderness areas. And I couldn’t agree more. For days it would just be the two of us, huge empty spaces and reindeers by the rivers. I even got to fly in the area and meet with friend Tobias Hägg.
On the way back, it was the turn of Norway. I have been multiple times in the north of the country. But this year was my first time in the south, where I also met up with friend Dag Ole Nordhaug. To be honest I wasn’t sure I would enjoy it so much, but I was wrong and had a blast! Also, we almost got to meet Tom Cruise as he was filming the new Mission Impossible movie, but for some reason security wouldn’t let us enter the set… 😀
2020 has also been for me the year for new collaborations with some of the brands I love such as Sony, Drytech and Hymer Germany (read full experience here) and tourism boards such as Swedish Lapland, Jungfrau and Visit South Tyrol.
After a whole year, I was super excited to be back in the Dolomites to capture autumn turning into winter.
Last but not least, this year I was also able to work on recording my very own tutorials! Something I had been postponing over and over again as I never had much time between workshops and scouting trips. Finally, this year I released 4 of them!
For sure, after months of reclusion, being able to travel and enjoy the outdoor again has been recharging. Having to cancel all 2020 workshops, including the much longed for Antarctica tour, has been hard, though. But looking backwards I’m grateful for all the things I could still do.
May 2021 be a better year for all of us!