This is Torbjørn Ekelund's account of spending one night per month alone in the Woods throughout 2013.
As a boy he used to dream of hazardous expeditions to unmapped regions. At the age of 41 he realised that twelve nights in the nearest wood was the best he could hope for. It wasn't much, but it was better than nothing.
Året i skogen is not a book about heroic feats in the wilderness. It is more about mankind's place in nature and basically about the nature of mankind. ‘My hope was that these trips would bring me a little closer to what I more and more often think of as an obvious truth which is hidden from me in the routine of daily life. That I am a tiny part of the great mechanism we call nature. That I came from it and that one day I shall go back to it. I and all others before and after me.'
The book is rounded off with good advice and practical tips for all who want to experience the joy of sleeping out in the woods,
either in company or in lonely majesty.
‘A refreshingly modest style with liberating little observations in an appealing low tempo about occasional escape from the daily grind.’
‘Torbjørn Ekelund is known to many as founder of the online outdoors magazine, Harvest. He has produced a little pearl of a book about twelve micro-expeditions. It is really inspiring to read how a longing to be out of doors led to twelve nights outside, one in each month of the year. Ekelund is a real inspiration to all of us who are tired of time pressures and would like to spend more time out in the natural world.’
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