The Wegge brothers
A few years ago, the Wegge brothers - Inge, Markus and Håkon - were high and low on adventures far off the beaten track. Since Inge and Mark became fathers, everyday life has changed a bit. But a playful, versatile and environmentally friendly outdoor life is still in focus.
“The curiosity in me is aroused when I get to go into the wild on my own terms,” Håkon says. “Every time I’m outside, I feel that I become a slightly better and happier person. There’s no timestamp on the wilderness. It makes it both meaningless and meaningful at once. It makes me lower my shoulders and feel wonderfully unimportant,” he adds.
Håkon - born in 1992 - is the youngest of the Wegge brothers, and the one who cannot yet call himself a father. He is a full-time mountain guide and runs a small farm outside Narvik with his girlfriend.
A successful trip for Håkon is when mastery and challenge is in balance and nature becomes more familiar. It is important for him to get to a mental state where he starts noticing the small details.
“It’s the small tings during a trip that makes me happy. It can be a good protection placement on an otherwise clean slab whilst climbing, an unexpected compliment, or finding a fresh, ice cold stream of water in rocky terrain. Such simple things make me happy. As a mountain guide, I’m outdoors all the time, and if people are really happy on the way home I know that I have done something right. It is a nice feeling.”
Håkon says that the Wegge brothers are often portrayed as quite energetic, all-over-the-place kind of guys, but for him it’s about the calm and comprehensible outdoor life. Aside from climbing, what he enjoys the most is to be at home or in the forest with few people around him.
For the best outdoor experience, Håkon recommends an overnight trip alone.
“If you stay in a tent by yourself, your journey will be an internal one as well as an external one. You’ll get 2-for-1. Just wandering around aimlessly in the wilderness is the best thing, you discover so much cool stuff. If you’re not quite ready for the ultimate discover-as-you-go-adventure, it can help your motivation to have a plan from A to B. It’s also important to not make it too hard for yourself in the beginning, or you'll easily lose your motivation. Remember, we’re not part of an outdoor survival reality show, we’re here to have fun. Learn from trees: grow in peace,” he says and laughs.
For Markus - born in 1987, his approach to the outdoors has changed a lot in recent years.
“The amount of trips, expeditions and adventures have been significantly reduced,” Markus says. “Now my daily life consists of looking after two small, but very energetic boys, my crazy and wonderful Danish girlfriend, lots of animals and small farming projects. My outdoor life consists of smaller hikes in the immediate vicinity with my family: sled trips to the waffle hut, fishing in the sea, tenting close to home, sleeping in the car and going surfing when the children are asleep, and some small trips to the mountains, or a night in the hammock just to relax.”
“We have to calm down! We need to seek contact with the outdoors and not have too much focus on the Instagram picture at the top of the mountain, or the desire to be in so many different places far from home. Visit and explore the areas you see from your house! Find the child in you. Explore, play, fool around, get wet, sweaty, dry up and get warm again. The basics. It is often thought that the outdoor life is far up there or only happens in the most extreme places or conditions, but seek the nearby outdoor life - camping trips in the garden, searching for blueberries and the smells and taste that comes with it. The outdoor life is everywhere - just get out of the big city.”
Inge, Markus and Håkon have taken the outdoor life by storm in their own way. Big brother Inge - born in 1986 - spent a winter on a beach in Lofoten with a friend. They picked rubbish and surfed, and made the documentary "North of the Sun," (https://vimeo.com/ondemand/northofthesun), which was an early eye-opener about the ocean being full of plastic.
After the success of "North For the Sun", the brothers were ready for a new adventure, this time together. Inge made the movie “Bear Island" (https://vimeo.com/ondemand/bjornoya) where they explored the Bear island for surfing, skiing, snowboarding and fun.
When they returned to the mainland they created the NRK series Lofotsprell (https://tv.nrk.no/serie/lofotsprell/sesong/1/episode/1), which also included their little sister Katrine.
“When I am outdoors for longer periods of time,” says Inge, “I sense that some ‘filters’ disappear. I notice more details, animals and exciting things around me. I believe that when we live in a city, we make filters to remove the plethora of impressions that exist around us all the time. There are sounds, commercials, cars and people, and we have to find ways to shield ourselves from all of this. Out in the wild, I can open myself up and accept all the impressions.”
“I also believe that by being outdoors a lot, nature becomes kind of a friend that you want to take care of.”
The hassle-free outdoor life is the focus of the three brothers, and the environmental commitment is strong. They have a constant focus on trying to live their lives in an environmentally friendly way.
“We drive cars on used vegetable oil, we recycle our rubbish, we clean the beaches of garbage, we go dumpster diving for perfectly edible food, we shop ecologically and we try to use the resources we feel we need in the best possible manner.”