Wednesday, January 4, 2012

What`s in a name

Hi, and welcome to my inaugural post.

My name is Odd Arild Røen, hence the somewhat odd looking header. I`m norwegian and the name Odd is not so odd or even misplaced here at all actually.In old Norse the word means sharp end of an arrow or edge of blade. Thanks Wikipedia!

In fact when I studied in Australia, (one) of my nicknames was Sharp Arrow :)

My intention with this blog is to somehow document my journey towards living more with less. I have a keen interest in the outdoors so the main focus will be on lightweight backpacking, kayaking, packrafting, bikepacking etc. I also do rather enjoy taking photos, so expect a photo now and then.

My problem is that I am constantly torn between a desire to declutter while at the same time being a gear affecionado at heart.. The compromise, get rid off all unnecessary stuff and keep or aquire only the best (within my budget)

The header also suggests that I do not get out as much as I used to. Outdoorslife has taken a new direction after becoming a dad, so lengthy trips are out the window. Instead I have to hone my skills as a weekend warrior.

I take great pleasure in following other like-minded people on the web, and I hope this blog can be of interest for someone out there.

Take care and follow me on Twitter for short messages!



  1. Odd, welcome to blogging! It's good to have you here!

    Decluttering and being a gear aficionado can go hand in hand. As Yyvon Chouinard said in his great book "Buy less, buy better". While experience of finding what gear works for you takes time and money, research costs much less. A combination of both will help us on our way. But beware the search for the perfect 'system', it is a path of diminishing returns. Accept compromise.

    Looking forward to following your journey.

  2. Welcome to the blogosphere! Usually all outdoor related that comes from Norway is good so I have high expectations. ;)

  3. thanks, can`t wait to finally meet on sunday :)

  4. oh, please don`t put any more pressure on my narrow shoulders :)