Hiking in Finland

Climbing, bikepacking, skiing & packrafting in the north

The Week in Review

After the drama with the plane which didn't go I managed to get to Sweden after all. But as I will depart right away to Oslo you'll need to wait for a write-up from me for a while, and that while you can fill in by reading the underneath trip reports and gear reviews!

Caro & Tomie went to climb the Benediktenwand and brought back beautiful photos and a good report from the Alps.

Chris went to climb the Spear in Japan, together with the Other Englishman, and besides monkeys and Chinese expect stunning photos and a tale of friendship.

Q concluded his trip report from his rainy tour in Corsica, and it does look like it could very well be a place for a great tour. Also have a look at his gear review.

Thomas went on a 24 trip with his friend to Haukåsen and besides an short downpour the had plenty of sunshine and excellent hammocking & tent camping!

Roger walked part of the Blekingeleden, to be exact from Ronneby to Åkeholm, and it looks like spring there =)

Slightly further away Benco went on a winter trip up Mt. Donald, with fantastic views over the ocean and the Falkland Island hills.

Roger from Trinisla went on a weekend walk along the Bjäre, and my is it beautiful in Sweden!

Dondo went on a 24 trip to the Shafthouse and brings back spectacular photos of him rolling boulders through the wilderness.

Eugene went on a trip to Gila West and was seeking enchantment in the land of the Mogollon. It looks like he succeeded, beautiful photos of what sounds like an awesome trip.

Finally, Sam Haraldson gave an account of the BPL Wilderness Trekking School trip he did last week, and everything from snow to sun came along.

In the gear review department, Joe reviewed the Trekmates Amphibian Gore-Tex socks which I also like a lot. They're now on offer in case you're looking for a pair!

Martin from Fjäderlätt has a look at the Six Moon Designs Haven, a two person tent which weighs under one kilo!

And finally, Peter writes an another entry into his gear diary, which are always worth to read.

If you want to be able to go without a lighter or matches into the outdoors, and feel that flint or firesteel are still too modern, give the Bow Drill method of fire lighting a try and check Sticks65 Bushcraft guide before you go out.

And in case you wonder if we (the UL community) are alone with our thoughts, it seems that even the US American outdoor store REI is starting to think about it, as their UL primer shows.

And should you decide to go UL mountaineering, make sure you know what to take into account before calling mountain rescue, as James told us.