Team Alta, Bjørn Arne Føleide (1976) and Espen Ottem (1971), in VAKE for the third time. Team Alta about VAKE 2015 and 2016: Did cover great distances on both occations, bud did not get far..! But as we all know - third time's a charm!
Bjørn Arne has been snow kiting each season since 2008. He kites weekly in varied terrain during the winter. "I use the kite to explore my surroundings in Alta, both alpine terrain and highland". Outdoor tenting, ice fishing, telemark skiing, cross country skiing, snowmobiling and lots of trekking and hunting trips are also on Bjørn Arnes reportoir.
Espen started kiting 10 years ago. He's been snow kiting regularly for the last five years. "I live a short – 30 minutes’ drive away from two terrific snow kiting areas; Sennalandet and Jotka". As a former owner and proprietor of the mountain hotel Ongajoksetra and volunteering on Rescue Service boats, Espen knows how to guide people in the mouintains, as well as first aid and navigation.
Bjørn Arne and Espen are active in the growing kite community in Alta and Western Finnmark.
We are optimists :) So we are determined to finish this year, with time to spare. We come prepared and have sufficient experience, training and knowledge to manage both kiting and camping. And if we screw up bad enough to warrant calling for help, we have an emergency beacon.
Our goal, as last year, is to finish in style. Last year we did not. This year, we will.