Every August, over 2,000 people from all over the world converge on the Swedish Lapland to spend a week hiking the Fjällräven Classic, a 68-mile trek along the country’s Kungsleden trail. This year, the Swedish gear manufacturer brought the tradition to the states, where 128 hikers from four countries and 20 states spent three days hiking through State Forest State Park in northern Colorado. Good people, great views, alpine lakes, and even a few dogs were included. Here, a look at photographer Joel Bear’s favorite shots from the 20-mile trip.
Photo: The Fjällräven Classic USA began in State Forest State Park, three hours north of Denver. Shuttles from Denver, Longmont, and Boulder brought hikers to the New Canadian Trailhead, where they were outfitted with Fjällräven swag and treated to breakfast.