M Finnish Thousand Meters Round
by Harri Saarnisaari
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This story describes the Finnish thousand meters round (FTMR) that includes all the 1000 m (3289 ft) fell tops in Finland that have at least 20 m (66 ft) prominence. The route is 170 km (166 miles) measured from the map. Using the lowest point between two tops along the route the total climbing is estimated to be at least 6.2 km (3.9 miles). The route is rugged with rock sizes ranging from small baseball sized to larger ones. Sometimes stones are lying flat and are easy to walk, but sometimes the pace in the rocks is rather slow. Furthermore, during rain and fog the rocks may be slippery such that careful stepping is required. Due to fog good navigation skills may be needed if GPS is not used. Otherwise, the area is straightforward to navigate. There could be snow fields even in the summer, creating a dynamic environment and an unforgettable journey.
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