Hiking in Finland

Climbing, backpacking, skiing & packrafting

The Week in Review XXX

The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness. - John Muir

Forest Sunshine

News

Freelight introduces the Microgravity Tarp.

If you like packrafting, join the American Packrafting Association (they’re open to members world-wide!).

Diary of Yosemite’s Climber Stewards: On Patrol.

Fraser got some skis and now waits for some snow - finger’s crossed that he gets what he wishes for!

Benjamin and me presented the New gear from the Cottages for 2013 last week, check out the fine lightweight & UL gear coming out this year in Part I and Part II.

Paul helps you to easily identify 12 common European deciduous trees in winter.

Willem encounters a very close call at the Skurdalssjön.

Trip Reports

Rio grabs his backpack and heads out, a recommended read.

Michael enjoys some superb hiking & scenery in Piemont as he hikes into the Maira Valley.

Jilly enjoys the fallen fruits of New Zealand and Indonesia.

Trev packrafts The Might Franklin.

Mount Silliman Snowshoe Climb.

Some fine skiing in Estonia.

Henning & Robbie head up the Tower Face of the Comb.

Luc and friends head to Mexico to bike, hike and packraft. Doom was also on this trip, so check out his Mexico trip report, too.

Olov finishes his Canada ice trip in some spectacular surroundings and some superb ice climbs.

Fast packing Okuchichibu.

Adam hikes to Crow Pass and doesn’t trust weather forecasts anymore.

Alex heads up to a Winter’s Coledale Horseshoe hike.

Tall

Chris finds Igloos and a thaw make for an Adventurous Combination.

Alastair share Memories from Greenland.

James heads to a Stag Party on a lonely island.

Ken arrives in Port Arthur, Texas.

Greg hikes along White Sands to Lake Monibeong, Great South West Walk.

Leo Houlding and friends celebrated a Ulvetanna Success.

Tye, Nick and friends hike their own version of the Four Pass Loop.

Andy spends Winter in the Peaks, superb photos of a fine landscape.

Markus heads out for an overnighter, but ends up having an adventure.

Angelica enjoys a snowshoe adventure on the Hohen Venn.

If all that snow & ice has you shivering, head into the sun of Gila.

Fire, Water, Burn

Gear Review & Deals

Basti & Rike review the Snowline Spikes Chainsen Light & Snowline Spikes Chainsen Pro from Kochalpin, two set of spikes for hiking.

Gear Exposure takes a look at the Vibram FiveFingers Spyridon.

If you prefer a combo of climbing shoes & trail runners, check out the Salewa MS Firetail GTX Approach-Shoes

David reviews the Mountain Equipment Eclipse Hooded Zip Tee.

Colin, who just returned from Tasmania, is reviewing the Mountain Laurel Designs Cricket.

Derek starts his sewing machine for the DIY Jacks “R” Better Weather Shield.

Also Mark is a DIY man and makes his own Pulk.

How to repair a cracked (carbon fibre) paddle.

Ross reviews the GoLite Shangria-La 3.

Steve visited the ISPO and highlights what’s coming for Trail Runners (and UL Backpackers, too =).

Sage gets a Chariot CX1 trailer.

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