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Kotteman
17-05-2010, 20:25
Hello, I’m thinking of living in a lavvu for a year. I’m living in Sweden and I’m studying second year at Älvdalens naturbruksgymnasium Naturguidning -Vildmarks turism, eng. translation, Älvdalens high school/college(I’m 17 ,what is the proper word for the school?) Nature-Tours Wilderness tourism.
I’m currently living in a dormitory and I it’s not as close to nature as want (plus it’s not quiet at night). When I’m living in the lavvu I can use the showers and washer machine at the school. I want to know if you think it’s a stupid idée or a great one but give me a reason for your choice, tips and advices would be good to.
Sorry for the rough English.
Henrik Forsberg

Peter_t
17-05-2010, 20:35
sounds like a good idea to me!:)
in the winter you would need a woodstove so that meens harvesting firewood which could take up a lot of your time.



pete

Kotteman
17-05-2010, 20:50
The reason I want to live in a lavvu is because I can have a fire/ woodstove inside it, sorry for not pointing that out :P. In my school we use firewood for educational purposes, so we have a large number of that stored at the school and my teacher have agreed to let me take as much as I need :)

Peter_t
17-05-2010, 20:59
sounds like you've got it sorted! i can't see any reason why it wouldn't work out.
in the uk i would get all sorts of abuse and convictions of being a tramp for living in a tent but i guess in sweden things are a little different:)


pete

caliban
17-05-2010, 21:57
Everyone has a cool uncle who had a missing finger tip and exotic weapons on his living room walls. The cool uncle had done weird adventurous stuff in his younger days. If you live in the lavvuu for a year you will be taking the first small step on the path that will lead to you becoming the cool uncle.

Do it!

Mesquite
17-05-2010, 22:01
Sum it up... a noisy dorm with not much privacy against your own space, peace & quite and free firewood as well....I know which I'd choose :)

spiritwalker
17-05-2010, 22:03
the only downer i guess could be security for valuables? unless you have a lock up close by ? other than that its the stuff half of us dream of doing

DavidJT
17-05-2010, 23:01
Go for it. As long as you're healthy should be fine. - Lycka till!

Tengu
17-05-2010, 23:07
can you get the Wifi?

If so, do it.

Matt.S
17-05-2010, 23:47
Everyone has a cool uncle who had a missing finger tip and exotic weapons on his living room walls. The cool uncle had done weird adventurous stuff in his younger days. If you live in the lavvuu for a year you will be taking the first small step on the path that will lead to you becoming the cool uncle.

I want to be that uncle! Anyone know where the nearest French Foreign Legion recruiting office is?

jackcbr
17-05-2010, 23:57
Sounds a fantastic opportunity to really understand what is involved in living in the wild. Nothing trains you better than real life experiences. If you are looking to follow a career in wilderness tours, having spent a year living outside will give you the advantage. I guess you will still have the chance to use the dorms if things get too rough.

I can't really offer much advice as I've never been as brave as you to try it. But I would think about my priorities. Warmth, comfort, companionship, the ability to study effectively. Think about siting your Lavvu somewhere that will suit all the weather conditions. Best of luck, keep us updated, it would be a fantastic blog to follow.

drewdunnrespect
18-05-2010, 00:28
aperslutly go for it cos its an ausome idea

leaf man
18-05-2010, 08:21
if you did this in our country you would have an eveiction notice on it within 28 days! do it henrik, what a talking point it would be on you resume when you apply for jobs after finish uni/college. the silence in the evening and the birds when you wake. i wish i was a nomad!... i need to make friends with Wayland

mattburgess
18-05-2010, 09:15
Yes - good idea! Do it now while you have no commitments....such as a job, wife and kids!

Graham_S
18-05-2010, 11:32
I want to be that uncle! Anyone know where the nearest French Foreign Legion recruiting office is?

Nice, France.

Thoth
18-05-2010, 12:11
I'd encourage you to go for it too. If you have land-owners' permission, someone as your 'champion' to provide some support then that is great. This time in your life is right for taking the opportunity to do something which you will be able to look back on in later years as something that has been a part of forging you as a person.

big_swede
18-05-2010, 18:14
Kör på Henrik! Har du en kåta eller ska du köpa? Jag kan rekommendera Bison, hyffsad kvalité för en billig penning. Venor gör ju också riktigt bra grejer men till ett lite dyrare pris, nästan alla kåtor jag sett i lappland och norska finnmarken har varit venor. Men jag misstänker att det kommer bli skitkallt på vintern, älvdalen är ju ett riktigt köldhål vad jag hört. Se till att hitta en bra vedspis, du borde kunna hitta en riktig på blocket. De som är avsedda för ett mer mobilt liv, typ tältspisar, är ju gjorda av plåt och håller inte värmen lika bra som de av gjutjärn och jag misstänker att du kommer vara ganska stationär? De äldre gjutjärnskaminerna har ju ofta vattenvärmare vilket jag skulle tro är rätt praktiskt i en kåta. Hör med Raskesven på utsidan, han är ju grymt erfaren när det gäller kåtor.

andybysea
18-05-2010, 19:23
Id second that.

Kotteman
18-05-2010, 19:51
Everyone has a cool uncle who had a missing finger tip and exotic weapons on his living room walls. The cool uncle had done weird adventurous stuff in his younger days. If you live in the lavvuu for a year you will be taking the first small step on the path that will lead to you becoming the cool uncle.

Do it!
To be the cool uncle is something I think everyone should aim for or try to be in their lives!


Sounds a fantastic opportunity to really understand what is involved in living in the wild. Nothing trains you better than real life experiences. If you are looking to follow a career in wilderness tours, having spent a year living outside will give you the advantage. I guess you will still have the chance to use the dorms if things get too rough.

I can't really offer much advice as I've never been as brave as you to try it. But I would think about my priorities. Warmth, comfort, companionship, the ability to study effectively. Think about siting your Lavvu somewhere that will suit all the weather conditions. Best of luck, keep us updated, it would be a fantastic blog to follow.


the only downer i guess could be security for valuables? unless you have a lock up close by ? other than that its the stuff half of us dream of doing

If it gets to rough I can always live with some of my friends who has apartments in the town nearby and if it’s to cold (-20°c) I have made a promise to my mom to live with my friends. And I’m also going to store all my valuable stuff at a friends apartment. For the stuff in the lavvu I will make/ buy some boxes where I can lock up my stuff.


Kör på Henrik! Har du en kåta eller ska du köpa? Jag kan rekommendera Bison, hyffsad kvalité för en billig penning. Venor gör ju också riktigt bra grejer men till ett lite dyrare pris, nästan alla kåtor jag sett i lappland och norska finnmarken har varit venor. Men jag misstänker att det kommer bli skitkallt på vintern, älvdalen är ju ett riktigt köldhål vad jag hört. Se till att hitta en bra vedspis, du borde kunna hitta en riktig på blocket. De som är avsedda för ett mer mobilt liv, typ tältspisar, är ju gjorda av plåt och håller inte värmen lika bra som de av gjutjärn och jag misstänker att du kommer vara ganska stationär? De äldre gjutjärnskaminerna har ju ofta vattenvärmare vilket jag skulle tro är rätt praktiskt i en kåta. Hör med Raskesven på utsidan, han är ju grymt erfaren när det gäller kåtor.

For you who doesn’t understand Swedish, he was asking if I owned a lavvu or not and gave me also some advises for what lavvu and woodstove to buy.
I don’t own a lavvu but I found one at Blocket (a Swedish site similar to eBay) for 9000kr (about 809 pounds) with floor and woodstove, in a town 40km from here and posted yesterday! The cost for a new lavvu in the same size is about 7000-8000kr, a woodstove 3500kr and a floor 1500kr, altogether it will cost around 12000kr! I will gain 3000 (about 270pounds) on that buy! That’s something that made my day

Ahjno
18-05-2010, 19:57
Nice, France.

Lille actually, when you hop off the Eurostar (London-Paris). ;)

_mark_
18-05-2010, 20:50
Most definitely do it!

Erik1
18-05-2010, 21:02
What kind of lavvu did you buy?

Maybe you are aware of this project (http://www.envillmann.no/)already? Anyway, some of the tips can be useful.

helixpteron
18-05-2010, 23:34
Anyone know where the nearest French Foreign Legion recruiting office is?

Depends where you are, take your pick, here (http://www.legion-recrute.com/en/ou.php?SM=0).

jackcbr
19-05-2010, 01:11
So that's a resounding yes from everyone and a few jealous people looking at their sofa thinking "if only". Have a great time and keep us up to date. When are you starting?

You might get a few visitors if you're not careful. Where did you say you were again :)

Survival Bill
19-05-2010, 19:06
If you do go for it the best advice I can give you is find a good woman to keep you warm at night.....

superc0ntra
19-05-2010, 20:01
Kör hårt, du verkar ha det hela väl genomtänkt.
Keep us posted on your progress.

spiritwalker
19-05-2010, 22:31
If you do go for it the best advice I can give you is find a good woman to keep you warm at night.....

do they exist? lol minimizes before the wife sees

TeeDee
20-05-2010, 03:21
Depends where you are, take your pick, here (http://www.legion-recrute.com/en/ou.php?SM=0).

Wow! we all know so much about the FFL. I think Im correct in saying that you don't even have to make your way to the listed depots , if you approach any French Police station and state your interest in signing up with the FFL , the kindly coppers are duty bound to provide food and lodgings until the legion send out a pick up wagon.

When HillBill gets back we will have to grill him for the gen.

Peat
20-05-2010, 20:33
If you do go for it the best advice I can give you is find a good woman to keep you warm at night.....
do they exist? lol minimizes before the wife sees

Yes! From november me and my wonderful girlfriend are going to be living in a self built adobe hut in south america for an indefinate period. Oh the joys of a rugged outdoorsy lady...

Kotteman, Do it!

jackcbr
20-05-2010, 23:30
Oh the joys of a rugged outdoorsy lady...

Kotteman, Do it!

Hear hear. My beloved lady is the outdoories type too. More into farming and horse riding, but we fit well together. She's very understanding that my mistress is the woods and although doesn't fancy spending the whole night in the woods, will often join me for the evening before taking the dog home and to bed. Also get away with carving in the lounge come the winter. Knock lass that one.

Mastino
21-05-2010, 10:04
Hej Henrik, Good idea! I'm just back from Älvdalen and the idea to live in a lavvu for a year is attractive. For your stove you might check thes people in Tynset.. not really far away: http://www.forsvarsbrukt.no/shopdisplayproducts.asp?id=188&cat=OVNER

For security of stuff an idea could be to anchor a big metal container (like a 'bear box') in the tent. It will at least scare the unintentional thief.. and järv