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  • When Nothing Is Sure Everything Is Possible

    I am not the first to say what a time to be alive. Also in here, where the mountain tops turn pink for a short moment at sunset (not always but enough often still) and the forests and alpine pastures are sprinkled with brave little spring flowers.

    The ski season (resort one) ended abruptly last week, about a month before the normal end. The little sports/outdoors retailer and ski rental/service I have worked for this winter has been closed from public since this Monday. Following the orders by the authorities, to fight the covid-19 more effectively.

    Like many, I don’t have new (day) job from April on and everything is suddenly so scary and worrying.

    Nevertheless, I hold on to the outdoors and main parts of the lifestyle I have. The lifestyle which kinda is the caring social distancing advised. I am not in quarantine and in Switzerland we don’t (yet) have to keep indoors. We can still explore outdoors – which I am very very happy – and other places still open as long as we remember to keep the distance to other people, not meet in big groups.

    And we can do that especially as long as we remember to do our best to not end up as one of the patients of the already struggling healthcare system. (Outdoor people, especially note that, please.)

    For a Finnish woman with very hermit habits everyday, it’s easy to follow the rules and live nicely with the restrictions. Of course I am worried how I pay rent next month and how it all goes with this and many other things. But still I am doing pretty fine. And the good in bad, I if someone am used to live through and survive tiny catastrophes and constant uncertainty (maybe at some point can also offer you some book tips and other advice on the subject).

    I yet don’t know what exactly I will do next, how I pay the rent and how long I can keep going this freely in my backyard and around Switzerland. Especially I don’t yet know how I could help the best way possible in this situation – I don’t have healthcare skills nor yet even know well enough the local language – but in Instagram I have already started by sharing as much as possible  the good vibes and views I have everyday (especially for the ones who can’t currently go out) and I try to also be more active in my blogs and business offerings.

    Write new stories, share new tips, publish more photos and maybe even my drawings and other creations.

    That’s what I can do pretty well and I hope it can also somehow be of help – or just tiny bit of joy – for someone.

    While also, I just wanted to say this: Take care. This too shall pass.

    When nothing is sure everything is possible.

     

     

    Engelberg Titlis Swiss Alps Tiina Kivelä


    Where: Engelberg, Switzerland

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  • The Most Persistent Loser

    Trübsee Langlaufloipe

    I don’t hate you for failing.  I  love you for trying.

     I had this “quote” (somewhere credited to Marge Simpson, no knowledge of the original idea) on my wall for years. And it’s no wonder then that the “Mont Blanc’s most persistent loser” -description (of Marc-Théodore Bourrit in Fergus Fleming’s “Killing Dragons – The Conquest of the Alps” book I am currently reading ) hit my nerve as well.

    (Btw that^ book again is full or annoying arrogant or simply just rude dudes, and I am still looking for more mountain books of good men and especially of and by the brave women. Feel free to drop them to me by email or in the comments.)

    Of course it would be way nicer to be the winner always. To succeed, reach goals and just do amazingly all the time. But while that’s not the case, it’s better to try and try. To do and just go for it. Even with the possibility of failing, it’s better to dream and try than waste life by dreaming but not reaching. Not even failure.

    Persistence and sisu. Stubborness and perseverance. Very good qualifications in sports, work and life in general.

    Eh and yes, this semi deep talk just randomly accompanies these cross-country skiing pics from February. Which basically don’t have anything to do with the persistence and reaching goals. I mainly ski just for fun and exercise, don’t aim for much, and it’s also been many years from my last race.

    I am not even sure if I really dreamed of one day skiing nordic in the Alps above 1000m where it really helps to have the good technique and endurance I have as a result of skiing nordic since 90´s. Also, very hard to think how one could really fail badly in this sport (as long as one doesn’t aim for Olympic gold).

    Falling may hurt, yes. Muscles most likely hurt after tens of kilometres, no matter how well trained previously. Or you may not reach the planned 20km because just can’t do it. (Or don’t have enough extra energy. Until now I have carried with me on my adventures these honey shots by Arctic Warriors – funnily named with the Finnish versions of perseverance, persistence and strength – and boosted my morning/lunch/dinner porridges with their berry powders * which now unfortunately are finished. And so I have made more restaurant stops in between skiing and suffer now of slight flu – hopefully not corona – symptoms.)

    In Lapland, frost may also bite. And skis and poles may break, for various reasons, which comes expensive.

    In general though, nordic skiing is pretty funny, especially on places like Trübsee in Engelberg where one can simultaneously watch the freeskiers come down from the higher glaciers, past and over snow covered crevasses and cliffs. Nordic skiing is not really risky sport, yet the sessions like in these pics are pretty rewarding and the ultimate experience amazing.

    And yes, if you fail it will not be as bad as a failure on the glacier or big scene in front of huge audience. And when you succeed, it just strengthens your confidence and endurance.

    Nobody climbs on skis now and almost everybody breaks their legs but maybe it is easier in the end to break your legs than to break your heart although they say that everything breaks now and that sometimes, afterwards, many are stronger at the broken places.

    ― Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast

    Tiina Kivelä Langlauf

    Trübsee Langlaufloipe


    Where: Trübsee, Engelberg/Titlis, Switzerland

     

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  • It’s So Fluffy!

    Yesterday and the day before, it was beautiful. Or what the heck, it was awesome! Finally fluffy fluffy powder in Engelberg/Titlis. With slight base even.  (Very slight. Many sharks also and I guess the whole winter will be shark season nowadays.

    It was also sunny, sparkling and just the kind of day of my dreams in the Swiss Alps. The day for which I exercise and squat, train my overall skiing technique, balance and strength. The kind of day for which I have moved here. (There is other reasons too but this is one of the most important.) The kind of day for which I also work whatever work I can get and have.

    If you are lucky, you may get something like this on your short holiday visit. But for me, living here seems to be the best solution.

    And oh girl I also like it how now the big tourist groups are nowhere to be seen and the mountains are here basically just for the true mountain people. Selfish, I know, but I promise to support the local businesses as well as I can.

    Mount Titlis Swiss Alps

    Titlis Glacier Skiing

    Faction Skis Tiina Kivelä

    Rotegg Engelberg Skiing Tiina Kivelä

    Freeskiing Engelberg Tiina Kivelä


    Where: Engelberg / Titlis , Switzerland