Participant (photo: Ingerid Jordal)
Audience (photo: Ingerid Jordal)
Volunteer (photo: Ingerid Jordal)
Partner (photo: Ingerid Jordal)

Team Alta private photoTeam 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.

Special skills

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.

Motivation

Our goal, as last year, is to finish in style. Last year we did not. This year, we will.

Welcome!

Espen Ottem - Team Alta - private photoBjørn Arne Føleide - Team Alta - private photo

Finnmark and its arctic and raw nature is hosting the hardest long distance competitions in many genres. Finnmarksløpet (dogsled), Offroad Finnmark (offroad bike) which is organised from Alta - and of course Varanger Arctic Kite Enduro.

Finally, the biggest city in Finnmark is represented amongst the brave competitors of VAKE!

The team – with the apropriate name Team ALTA, are Bjørn Arne Føleide (38) and Espen Ottem (43).

Both are from Alta, and have used the winter and snow as their playground since they were small kids.
Outdoor tenting, ice fishing, telemark skiing, cross country skiing, snowmobiling and losts of trekking and hunting trips are on Bjørn Arne’s reportoir.
As a former owner and proprietor of the mountain hotel Ongajoksetra, volunteering on Rescue Service boats, Espen knows how to guide people in the mointains, as well as first aid and navigation.

They discovered snowkiting 7-8 years ago and since then Bjørn Arne and Espen (utgjør) the core of the growing kite community in Alta and Western Finnmark.

Having the great areas of Sennalandet and Jotka near their homes, with plenty of long distance options, Team Alta now use every opportunity to get out and prepare for VAKE. Bjørn Arne and Espen are really exited to take part in VAKE and will do their best to represent Alta and Finnmark in the world championship of expedition snow kiting!

Like they state in their application – you simply cannot arrange VAKE without a team from Alta!
In the end of March we will see how the training pays off!
J