Hiking in Finland

Climbing, bikepacking, skiing & packrafting in the north

The Week in Review

Another week which just flew by. We were very lucky here in Finland, it has been sunny and above 20°C the whole of last week, sadly I spent the time inside working instead of outside backpacking. To make up for that there was plenty to read.

James from Backpackingbongos takes us on a snowy Southern Upland Way circuit and brings back the memories of winter to us.

Michael, who thru-hikes the PCT at the moment, finally received his Trailname. Also check out the video on the right about the perfect campsite.

The Bearded Git went wildcamping in the Northern Fells and besides dead sheep and leaning trees there was a acrobatic squirrel...

Steven reports life from the TGO Challenge and the problems (and beauty) he encountered - go cheer him up with a comment or tweet.

The Shed Dweller is another TGO Challenger who blogs life from the trail, thus for a different take on the Scottish Coast-to-Coast journey head over to his blog.

Q went to Corsica and brought back this trip report. Sunshine, blue skies, high mountains and the Hitchhikers Guide To the Galaxy make for a good trip report.

The Worthing Wanderer walked section 7 of the London Loop, a beautiful story of going for a day walk in one of the most busiest cities in the world. Deer, waterfowl and the signs of spring & summer are definitely making it very interesting.

Joe did a great review on the Optimus Crux Lite & Terra Solo Cook set, a highly recommended read.

Jonas now has his UL Pulka/ Toboggan ready and show's off some photos on his blog. 400 g is sweet and it is similar in nature to The Incredible Rulk from Jörgen.

Roger from Sweden took a first look at the Evernew Ti DX, probably the most sought after piece of equipment currently in the UL sphere, so go read his initial take on its performance with alcohol and wood.

Dave on the other hand compared three lightweight alcohol stoves and measured their full usage and burn times, thus if alcohol is your fuel of choice go have a look.

Benjamin did a review of his ZPacks Hexamid shelter, so if a new shelter is something you're looking for, check this out.

In other news, Ron from Walking Fort Bragg is reflecting on a spider net. Great photo and thoughts.

Dave, The Ultralighter, talks about the problems encountered by telling people about ultralight backpacking and how they'd love to try it, but can't do without any of the heavy stuff. Good read.

Finally, Jörgen from Fjäderlätt gives us some hints on how to use an umbrella but still keep your hands free - very useful for the growing number of umbrella users on the trail!