Why did you decide to register to this race?
We were planning to participate as a bigger group of friends and fellow students since hiking in the wilderness and in good company is always a great opportunity. Eventually the two of us were the ones who could make it so we’ll enjoy the sweat and the views on the behalf of our friends as well.
What kind of trip do you expect LWC to be?
We expect to gain more experience in the wilderness. We expect the trip to be challenging because of the terrain and the landscape. We are looking forward to some challenging moments in orienteering, getting wet, hungry and thirsty, and to enjoy some stunning views.
What is the longest distance you have traveled in terrain (by foot) in 24 hours?
The name Karkulaiset 911 is a word game, actually. We have studied or study in a nature and wilderness guide school in a place called Karkku (which also is a tool for making a fire, by the way), so we are “karkkulaiset”, or Karkkuans. We just left one “k” out to become “karkulaiset”, people who are running away in full speed to escape – in our case, to escape “civilisation” in order to enjoy the peace and beauty of the nature. Someone else invented the numbers in the name, but in any case, we are hoping to stay on the map and to stay safe and healthy so that no one would have to call any emergency numbers to find or to rescue us.
Tell something about your team. What does the name stand for?
The longest distance we have traveled in terrain in 24 hours is 40 km (by foot) or 50 km (by crosscountry skis). This happened a few decades ago, so we are in search of our lost long distance sportiness.
What’s your goal in LWC?
Our goal is to enjoy the views of the wilderness, walk a lot, and eat and sleep well (with a mighty snore). We aim at remembering to use the right declination in our compasses, finding at least some CPs, and to make it to the finish line on time.