Published 5th of april 2022, last updated 20th of october 2022
Name: Anne Moen
IG Name: @annemoen
Where in the world are you?
In the mountains in Tromsø
How would you describe yourself?
I’m a team player like no other, I hate to lose and demand a lot from
myself. This is probably rooted in the fact I am a former athlete and played
handball for 23 years (holy shit, that’s a long time!). On a trip, I like to
think I am inclusive and want everyone to have a good experience, but as soon
as I am alone, the competitive instinct kicks in and it’s all about going the
fastest and farthest. Otherwise I like to think I have good humour and mood. However,
there is a good description of how my mood can be when I get tired… (https://www.instagram.com/p/CI8QRLFp1rP/).
Written by someone who has known me for many years and who I consider my best friend; ‘Anne is one of the most stubborn people I know, and always has plans to cross some plain or climb some mountain.
She likes new challenges but can get tempermental if she doesn’t get it right
on the first attempt. She expects a lot from herself and is fearless. At the same time, she knows when it is unwise to continue.
In addition to this, she has a lot of humour and a good mood. She is smart and very reflective. It is often Anne I call when I have something on my mind or am in a tight spot where I need help and advice.’
Who is your role model?
I have many role models, amongst them are Lars Monsen, Børge Ousland,
Helge Ingstad and Cecilie Skog
Many of us probably say a song from Vassendgutane or Alan Jackson, but
I think I would say Savage Daughter describes me well.
When it comes to outdoor life, I like to do
something different, but if I had to name what I do the most it would be summiting mountains (on skis and on foot), mountain skiing expeditions and hunting/fishing.
Summer or winter?
Yes please to both!
Where can we find you right now?
In a 12-man tent, together with 8 others on Fritjofbreen on Svalbard. We
are skiing and filming here.
Where do you wish you were right now?
There are many places I wish I could be: Jan Mayen, Himalaya’s,
Pakistan, Argentina, Artic, Antartica, Alaska, and Greenland.
What are your best qualities on a trip?
The best characteristics I would say is my endurance and stamina,
especially on trips I think I am familiar with, such as longer ski trips with
and the worst?
I can quickly get irritated when I don’t feel I’m making forward
progress, such as walking on steep terrain. An area I’m working on is dealing
with constructive criticism; especially comments on, for example, how I
traverse with backcountry skis or whether the pace could be more even.
Yes, I have. Several actually. I really
like to remember the first trips the northern Norway where I got to experience
really steep mountains for the first time. It gave me a taste and made me
gradually move northwards. I also remember the long trips on Hardangervidda,
with a tent and preferably a dog, completely alone.
Do you have a favourite destination?
It must probably be Hardangervidda and Svalbard/Jan Mayen. I like to
refer to Hardangervidda as my expanse. I have taken many trips there and enjoy
the fact you have more mountainous areas in the west and wide-open landscapes
in the east. It is mostly good fishing and it’s fantastic to experience how the
weather can change from extremely good to absolutely terrible in a very short
time. Svalbard, where I am at the time of writing, is actually the first time I
have visited and it has exceeded all expectations. I am l am looking forward to
exploring the area more and experiencing the island(s) at other times of the
year. I visited Jan Mayen in 2019 and dream every day of going back to climb
Do you have a funny story from a trip, or are they mostly pain-free?
Haha. It isn’t always painless, no. I remember camping in Lofoten
alone with my former Alaskan Malamute, Manfred. It was really nice when I was
lying down: midnight sun, guitar playing and light food. I went to bed
relatively late, but when I woke up I had a nightmare! Because of the nice
weather the day before, I didn’t bother to put the outer fabric on the tent –
therefore the tent walls were mesh where you can see outside. It’s great to have
such a tent when you are in nice surroundings, but not when the tent is
surrounded by, without exaggeration, 300 goats. Those who are familiar with
polar dogs know they are fond of sheep and other animals in general. Before I
could think a single thought, Manfred rushed against the wall of the tent. Fur
and down feathers were flying around the tent, and the tent wall got a huge
tear, and thus commenced the wrestling match with the dog! Fortunately, I
caught the dog before he made it out of the tent and was able to throw him in
the car. The distance from the tent to the car was probably no more than
50-100m but it felt a lot longer when I tried to get a very eager male dog of
45kg past the 300 goats surrounding us. I tried to shush them away, but they
stood there and looked at me stupidly. Finally, I made my way through the
crowd, while carrying Manny who wriggled like a fish. Unfortunately, I wasn’t
as quiet as I thought. An acquaintance, who is probably my roommate now, was in
a tent a few hundred metres away and heard a lot of screaming. He stuck his
head out of the tent and suddenly 300 goats trotted by. A very special event I
will remember well.
Yes, I’ve had a few moments that have been scary, especially since I’ve gone on so many trips alone. I was on a trip at the beginning of March where I had walked for too long and was very tired when I set up camp. I sat down for a bit first because I finally had phone coverage after a few days without it and updated everyone at home that things were great and everything was fine.
It didn’t take long before the weather changed completely. It went from a cold, starry evening with no wind, to a wind the likes of which I have never experienced. It was an arduous struggle to pitch the tent, but I couldn’t do it. I felt I had done everything by the book, but nothing worked. The powerlessness one felt in that situation was very overwhelming and I noticed I became more and more negative. That day I had skied 40km. It’s a long way with a heavy sled and I had a hard time taking breaks to replenish my energy. This, in addition to a wind I had never experienced before, was an extremely bad combination and something I learned a great deal from. When you are alone, you have more responsibility. A responsibility for
setting up camp, a responsibility for taking the dog with you and a responsibility for replenishing energy. You have to stop when the game is good and not when it starts to ebb.
How important is gallow humour for you?
It’s important! Especially when the situation is serious. It helps to
lighten the mood and usually things og well in the end.
Who is the boss? You or nature?
Definitely nature. It’s important to be humble and respect nature.
What is best about being out in nature?
The silence, the mastery and the beauty of nature. I may
be a bit of an introvert but going on a walk alone without others so you can
only hear your own steps. Or sit down and just listen to the wind or watch the
stream flowing. I don't think there is a better feeling. Or maybe… The feeling
of mastery is quite good and as a former athlete, it is a feeling I strive to
bring into my everyday life. Setting a goal and achieving it. It not only makes
you feel good inside, but it also gives you self-confidence. Something that is
particularly important for your own mental health. For me, nature is a free
space where I recharge my batteries. Whether it's getting more energy for
schoolwork, work or generally interacting with others.
Do you think about the environment when you're in nature?
Yes. I think it is important to leave the area as you
came to it and if you see something that does not belong there, to the best of
your ability, take it with you. In the last two years, this has also been very
much in focus, and that's pretty much what I've been doing all these years.
I like Harald Rønneberg’s motto: It’s limited how bad it can be. I feel it hits a lot of scenarios.
What are your ambitions for the coming years?
Now it is a bit uncertain how much time I will get in the
mountains. I have to undergo a shoulder operation in the next few weeks, which
means that activity will be limited. However, I hope that training will go
quickly and that I will be ready for winter again. If that's the case, I'm
aiming high. Without revealing too much.
We have to ask: why did you choose ALFA?
I don't have much experience with ALFA's products
personally, but I have worked for many years in a sports shop and hear many
people brag about the product. I look forward to testing the product a lot during
the coming year. Mountain shoes are something I wear almost every day. It
should be mentioned that I have used the Drift Advanced shoes (light jogging
shoes with goretex) a lot. Not just in the mountains, but when clearing
forests. Very durable and comfortable shoes, which I still use, 4 years after
they were bought.
So far, of the ones I’ve tested, I have to say Walk Queen or Drift