This Cat Seems Willing To Try Any Outdoor Adventure

Jesper cross-country skis, camps, hikes and even carries his own tiny backpack.

Written by
Jesper could possibly be the world's outdoorsiest cat.

I spent a week cross-country skiing in Norway a couple of winters ago and it was one of the hardest, most exhausting sports I’ve ever tried. By the third day, I no longer feared being eaten by wolves and was actually sort of looking forward to it. But maybe that wouldn’t have been the case if Jesper the cat had been with me.

The adventurous Norwegian kitty has no problem running in the cross-country tracks while his owner effortlessly skis beside him. (Actually, being Norwegian seems to be the key to successful cross-country skiing).

But Jesper doesn’t limit himself to just the cross-country trails. He’s like a Swiss Army knife (or a Scandinavian one?) for being outdoorsy and has accompanied his owner on hikes, fishing trips, camping excursions and — perhaps the most nerve-wracking experience of all — Jesper has flown economy class. I don’t know about him but, yeesh, I’m tired.

Here’s a look at some of his adventures.

1. Jesper walks through snow up to his shoulders, while the rest of us struggle to get out of our bathrobes.

2. Jesper looks to see if anyone can keep up with him. They cannot.

3. Jesper is prepared for a full day on the trails.

4. This seems to be the only way to keep Jesper from wearing you out.

5. Jesper looks out the window and wonders what adventures await him when he lands. We would get exhausted trying to close our tray table.

Article Categories:


  • Awesome, Jesper must be a Norwegian Forest Cat for sure.

    Jean McCarthy March 30, 2016 1:59 am Reply
    • I was thinking, too, that he must be a Norwegian Forest Cat! He sure looks like one and seems to be adapted to that cold weather!

      Carol March 30, 2016 9:41 am Reply
  • What a cool cat!!!!! My only concern is his little paws in the snow and not having booties on protecting them from frostbite. Love him!!!!

    kathy March 30, 2016 2:24 am Reply
  • Such a Kül Kitty!

    Annette March 30, 2016 3:50 am Reply
  • Does Jesper have any snow boots or doesn’t he like them? Does he have a sleeping bag or does he share one with a human? What a great guy he is, such an adventurer! I have read about him before in the U.S. Word travels when you are special!

    Lesley March 30, 2016 3:58 am Reply
  • Our cat thinks he is adventurous when he jumps from one piece of furniture to another – No outdoors for him

    Grace March 30, 2016 3:58 am Reply
    • Grace,
      I had a good laugh reading your 3:58 comment. Thanks.

      Jo March 30, 2016 7:50 am Reply
  • What a great life Jesper has. He gets to be with his person a lot and she seems very aware of what he wants and can/can not do. Of course not all cats would want this but some cats are quite open to and comfortable with new adventures as we see here.

    Kate March 30, 2016 4:02 am Reply
  • Way To Go Jesper! I have two semi Maine Coon cats who lay around like divas. I’m showing them these videos. Hope they can learn something. Love ’em!

    Rozalie Palan March 30, 2016 5:17 am Reply
  • He is totally adorable. Love him!

    Maria March 30, 2016 5:23 am Reply
  • I love all cats. Jesper is amazing. I hope his paws are okay. It does seem like he is very comfortable outdoors and with his owner. Love him, he is really beautiful.

    Sandy March 30, 2016 5:58 am Reply
  • What a trooper Jesper is! He’s gotta be in good shape with all the exercise he gets. Good lookin kitty! Good to see him spend time with his favorite person!

    Grace March 30, 2016 6:09 am Reply
  • I am curious how he holds up to this apparent non-stop trotting. Cats are not really designed for this steady-state exertion. Sudden, rapid bursts, yes, long term trotting (wolf style), no. He sure is a beauty…… 😉

    Bill March 30, 2016 6:40 am Reply
    • Good point — I hope Jesper is the leader here — when Jesper rests, we ALL rest — when Jesper trots, we ALL trot — when Jesper is way overtired, he gets a ride in the backpack — this, of course, would be my method of operating with Jesper — Jesper is the BOSS.

      MS March 30, 2016 1:54 pm Reply
      • I agree. I’d want this, or ANY, beautiful (they’re ALL beautiful!) cat to be the pace setter! I have walked with cats outdoors before (I hadn’t realized that he had followed me at first, as I took my walk), and he did get hot and tired with some distance. It was hot weather at the time though. I tried to sneak off for my walks after that!

        Felecia March 30, 2016 8:04 pm Reply
  • Love you, Jesper! You’re a lot more active than most humans!

    Debbie Zarr March 30, 2016 8:35 am Reply
  • My concern is that Jesper seemed to have to keep up speed as the guardian is obviously being towed. I’m wondering if this is not something punitive. Cats use short bursts of speed. They normally don’t run over a appreciable amount of distance. I wonder if this is detrimental to the health of his heart. I hope the guardian checked with a vet before pursuing this hobby with Jesper.

    Sharon Kennedy March 30, 2016 9:11 am Reply
    • Good point — Jesper must be the BOSS — if not, we’re gonna have trouble.

      MS March 30, 2016 1:55 pm Reply
  • this is totally cool I lived in Norway for 8 months not in the winter but those Norwegians are never not doing something all the time

    mary checketts March 30, 2016 12:48 pm Reply
  • LOVE IT — LOVE IT —- LOVE IT —- I can’t say it enough.

    MS March 30, 2016 1:49 pm Reply
  • Norwegian Forest Cats don’t need booties as they have a lot of fur tufts between their toes, the same as Main Coons. Both breeds evolved to cope with very cold climates. It’s thrilling to see a cat enjoying himself so much.

    Maxine Sheehan March 30, 2016 3:16 pm Reply
  • Fine for the man, he’s on skis, but I don’t think it’s good for the cat to run that long without stopping to take a breath!

    Helga March 30, 2016 5:20 pm Reply
  • What a great cat and Jesper appears to be thoroughly enjoying himself and his guardian is very aware of his abilities it seems.

    Merle Foster March 30, 2016 6:55 pm Reply
  • GOTTA LOVE THOSE MARMALADES! Of course, ALL CATS are wonderful. Even my very own kittybitch who has been hissing at my other two cats for the last 12 years.

    JoAnne Klein March 30, 2016 9:21 pm Reply

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *