Visiting the home mountains

A quick visit home to Surnadal and family. Had good fun helping my friend Gudmund with changing the roof of his old farm cabin one of the days. That was a good excuse to bring the wing. After finishing the roof, I went further up to a summit close to Kårvatn Farm. Got a very…

Skydive Elvenes Northern Norway

Again Tromso, Harstad and Narvik Skydive Club arranged their Skydive Boogie at Elvenes / Salangen. More than 130 skydivers from South to North of Norway as well from Sweden and Finland, participated during the 14 days boogie. More than 2500 jumps were done. Had the pleasure to join the last week, and got what I…

Flying and climbing Lofoten

(Clips from some of my first foot launches in Lofoten and back home Surnadal. ) Last week in June I had a good week with climbing and SpeedFlying in Lofoten. More specific Solvaer – Leknes area. It became more flying than climbing. Just learned and experienced how to footlaunch the wing, and Lofoten area is…

Evening flight in Trollheimen

The winter in Norway is looking at its end, and I have been trying to catch up on Speedraids on ski, before the snow disappear. There have not been much time to practice SpeedRaiding during the winter, but have got some few nice flights in Northern Norway, Sweeden + some very last flights back home in…

“Polar inovation” -hit or just good old style?

It has been some focus on an innovational polar skirt in the polar society, which has become a so-called hit among the polar team. It is called innovation which is quite funny. Because, this important detail on polar clothing, has been there since Amundsen and his team were at the South Pole…more than 100 years ago.…

Testing SpeedFly Trollheimen

Finally I could do it. When I was a child we were hiking onto these mountains, and talking about it: “What if…what if we just could have been flying out of there?” Now it is possible, and a thrill to do it. Took some years to get there. This technique is definitely something to bring out on…

1994 Greeland crossing – 20 years

27th of March 1994 Rune and Torry started out from Umanaq on the West coast towards Isertoq on the East coast. The hardest one, Rune says. It was Runes first “real” expedition and was a really good lesson learn and preparation for the Greenland lengthways expedition, two years later. Without lengthways would have been impossible. They…

Baalsrud Episode Five

  The fifth and the last episode of the dokumentary “In Jan Baalsrud´s footstep” is now available on NRK NettTV. The serie has been the most viewed program on Norwegian television the last five Wednesday´s which Rune and the rest is very happy with. The project is completed and Rune is looking for new project´s.…

Svalbard safety course

Two first weeks of November Nautical students from Tromso university had their Arctic safety course at UNIS Longyearbyen. This was a pilot project initiated by the Svalbard University Center. Students learn about the challenges operating in the Arctic. Both in the name of science, cruise tourismen and marine transport and the cruise manuals for this. I…

European Outdoor Conservation Association

Rune became an ambassador for the European Outdoor Conservation Association this spring. The Association have currently 109 members of this ‘not-for profit’ Association, stretching from Norway to Spain and from the UK across to the Czech Republic. As a charitable organisation directly funding specific projects, the association wants to show that the European outdoor industry is…

New Polar Shell clothing

Since 1999, together with Bergans, Rune has been looking for the best Polar expedition clothing possible. For the Summer North Pole expedition we were looking for modifications on the Bergans Antarctica suite made in Microfiber. There will always be some few things to optimize and want changes. During summertime on the Arctic Ocean we new…

Film First Summer North Pole

Tom Edvindsen, Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) made a film of Cecilie Skog and Rune Gjeldnes attempt to become the first to ski and canoe to the North Pole during the summer. Cecile and Rune had to make a hard desission. Push on towards North to try to reach the North Pole, and have a big chance…