We're excited to have Pana Mogren join our Project Horizon team and share his inspiring stories with you. In October, he took on his latest challenge: an eight-day, solo bikepacking trip in Jotunheimen National Park, Norway. The freezing temperatures and changing weather conditions demanded everything of him. He was rewarded with breathtaking encounters with nature and the indescribable feeling of being alive.
The Swede has a wide range of interests, but above all, he has a passion for creative work. He also loves challenging outdoor adventures, combining his talent and profession as a creative director and producer with his love for nature. By sharing impressions of his travels, he wants to inspire people to get out and take the first step towards an active lifestyle.
In recent years, he has planned and executed a number of adventures, such as a tour through the South African outbacks or a bikepacking trip along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge in Iceland -- always inspired by the peculiarities of a landscape, natural phenomena, and the challenges they offer him. He was also the first person to complete the original postal route between Bergen and Trondheim by mountain bike and kayak.
Driven by the desire to feel alive
His latest adventure took him not far from home. Since he had to cancel a planned trip to Kyrgyzstan due to the pandemic situation, he looked for an alternative in the Nordic countries. In doing so, he wanted to take on a challenge that was both physically and mentally demanding.
He decided to go on an eight day, solo bikepacking trip in Jotunheimen National Park in Norway. The challenging part was that he planned the trip for late October, a time when weather conditions in the area are uncertain, unstable, and dominated by freezing temperatures, especially at higher altitudes.
"This project is about feeling alive. To stand in front of nature's raw forces in their purest form."
Higher altitudes are something Jotunheimen National Park offers plenty: it's where you'll find the highest mountains in Northern Europe with more than 200 peaks over 2,000 meters and a landscape dominated by glaciers and snow. So the biggest challenge for Pana was to stay dry and warm while traversing the diverse landscape. This required careful planning and the right gear. In the end, though, braving the elements required one thing above all else: sheer willpower. In return, he was rewarded with breathtaking encounters with nature: sharp-edged peaks, large valleys, mountain lakes, unique flora and fauna; the power of the elements. And all this helped him to find inner peace far from everyday life.
More details about Panas project can be found at https://jotunheimenbelowzero.eu/.