Stian Aadland is an outdoor enthusiast with a twist. For him, snowboarding and skateboarding were much more than just a hobby. It was his circle of friends, his passion and more important than the school and girls. For him, snowboarding and skateboarding were life itself.
“I've always been a very special, and let me emphasise, a very active child,” he laughs. “My entire childhood in Indre Arna, just outside Bergen, was spent skateboarding or snowboarding. Boarding was everything for me when I was younger, but it also helped get me outdoors in its own unique way.”
Stian had never slept in a tent ten years ago, and his outdoor life was all about snowboarding.
“If I was out in the wilderness it wasn't for the wilderness experiences, it was to build the biggest jump and do the coolest tricks.
Now I go outside to be outside. Ten years ago, nature was an extra, it was the canvas I could perform my arts on, but now nature has the main role and I am just fortunate enough to be able to be present and watch all the wonderful things that happen there.”
Although the outdoor experiences now have gained a greater place in his life, the snowboarding is by no means put on the shelf. It often contributes to truly memorable experiences.
“There are many outdoor moments I will never forget, and one of them is during the solar eclipse on Svalbard in 2015. I went on a split-board, stood by myself on the top of a mountain and saw the sun disappear in the middle of the day. It still gives me chills thinking about it. I am sure that at the end of this life, that moment will stand out as one of the greatest. It was absolutely amazing.”
Stian works as a guide and has spent several seasons dancing with penguins in the Antarctic and atop solitary mountains in the Arctic. When he doesn't work in the polar regions of the world, he mostly lives in his tent to be as close to nature as possible.
“The tent plays a special role in my outdoor life, and Helsport is like family to me. I know those who sew and fix tents, the boss and those who work there. Helsport has been a part of my journey into the wild from day 1. For me it would be unthinkable to use anything but a Helsport tent, we belong together!”
Helsport quickly discovered Stian's ability to engage outdoor enthusiasts, and at festivals and events where we are involved you might see ‘Stian with the Backpack’ - as he is often called - on stage.
“That Helsport has dared to bet on me as a lecturer and put me on stage has been like a catapult into a new world where I have been allowed to share my adventure experiences. I am eternally grateful for that.”
What we love about Stian is that he has the simple and somewhat unpredictable outdoor life as his favourite. A trip doesn't have to be grandiose, pompous, or with expensive equipment. All you need is a tent to sleep in and the opportunity to live in the wild. For Stian, the adventures are about play, curiosity and the pursuit of golden moments.
“I like days where I have no plans, the impulsive hiking trips, where I end up in places I didn't know existed. I like when I let the weather decide the route, and I just play my way through the day. The most important thing is to be outside! You can be inspired by everything you see on social media, read about adventures in books and watch TV, but it's so important not to let yourself be too influenced.
You have to find your own way to experience the outdoors. If you want to aim for the North Pole, then fight for it. That’s absolutely fantastic, but if you want to just find a pond and swim and drink coffee, then it's just as good.
You have to find your own way to experience the outdoors. If you want to aim for the North Pole, then fight for it. That’s absolutely fantastic, but if you want to just find a pond and swim and drink coffee, then it's just as good. Don’t go on trips to get likes or attention. The most important thing is to find your own motivation and not think about what everyone else is doing. The outdoors should be all fun and games, a true passion that makes you skip a heartbeat.”