Author Archives: Mirjam Kallis

Thru-hiking, trail running, skiing, climbing and cycle touring It can be a slippery slope falling in love with adventure. I first fell in love with mountains thanks to downhill skiing, which I have done from the age of three. It’s a sport that I can never give up.  Since my teens I’ve been hiking, and this way I’ve ventured up mountains, waded through rivers and bogs, crossed forests and beaches. Some of the most memorable moments have been scrambling up the In Pinn on the Isle of Skye (Scotland), hiking in Jasper (Canada) and fighting the altitude in El Cocuy (Colombia). However, the crowning glory goes to thru-hiking the 3000km Te Araroa in New Zealand, frozen socks and all. Hiking for me is about the journey and seeing nature change as I make my way through the landscape. The love for the journey has in more recent years got me into cycle touring. If I’m on asphalt I hope it’s on two wheels and preferably going fast. Trail running is also a more recent obsession of mine. I enjoyed my first road marathon but since I tried trail and skyrunning there was no going back. In a few years I’ve gone from short trail run races to VK, K3, Ring of Steall and a couple of mountain marathons. So far I only have one ultra under the belt, but I sure hope there will be more!  Long run, short run, I do not discriminate as long as it’s off-road. I also like other forms of enjoying the outdoors. Anything from multi-day kayaking and canoe trips to swimming 7km around an island in the Finnish sea (because the water wasn’t freezing that day). Forever the adventurer looking for a personal challenge to exercise my Finnish “sisu”.
Innsbruck Alpine K7 Nighttrail – Involuntary voluntary warm up

After a great day spent climbing in the hot sun, we’re switching outfits and mindset just like the weather is about to. The evening has become cloudy, and we know from the forecast there will be rain cloaking the 7k night run at the Innsbruck Alpine Trailrun Festival. We’re taking this as a warm up […]

Razorback Run – My Australian Alps Trail Run

I am visiting my beloved Australia to see family and friends but, as soon as I have booked my trip, I couldn’t help myself checking if there would be a trail running race I could attend. Does this make me a trail running addict? As soon as I read about the Razorback Run I knew I […]

Salomon Mamores VK – A slap in the face

A slap is never nice business and you always wonder what you did to deserve it. When you are slapped in the face continuously, by angry chunks of hale, you know exactly what you did to deserve it: you signed up for a race in Scotland. We arrive to Kinlochleven in good time after a […]