Hiking in Finland

Climbing, bikepacking, skiing & packrafting in the north

The Week in Review

Time flies. In two weeks I am in Amsterdam, visiting Mom and family; in three weeks I move to Kuru to start my education as a Wilderness Guide. Mountains of works is what I am hiking through at the moment, and to top things off my MacBook is dying :/

Chris has written another piece of Magic, with stunning photos. The destination this time: Frozen waterfalls in New Zealand. Go read, see, be in awe.

Comet experienced some sweet trail magic on his PCT hike, which has me in awe at it time and again.

Joe's trip report on backpacking with a canoe was a joy to read and look at, he really knows where to point that camera of his.

Also Thomas was on a canoe trip, in a similarly nice area as Joe - go check it out and discover that one can fry meat on the BushBuddy!

Londonbackpacker on the other hand took a walk in his local nature reserve and shows us some of his fine photos from the trip.

Roger shares with us the third part of his Nordkalottleden trip, which takes us from Jerta to Kilipsjärvi. Beautiful!

Project Hyakumeizan shares with us the story of Tatsu and introduces us to mountains that women can climb.

Finally, the Shed Dweller, in cooperation with Phil and Steven, presents their video trip report to the Lakelands. Highly amusing with no need to read, you can just lean back and enjoy their trip!

Want to win a Haglöfs LIM 35 backpack? Then stop by at Petesy and let him know what Haglöfs should make for you, and you're having a good chance on winning it.

Matthias from UL Outdoors gives us a first look at the Arklight Design Walden 250 Quilt, filled with 250 g of down and a total weight of 280 g it looks like a great piece of kit.

Phil takes us behind the scenes at a Scottish outdoor gear company, a superb article which shows what's going into making our gear.

Amy shows us a featherlight knife from Swiss Advance, at 14 g it is UL but I wonder if you're able to do more than spread butter on a bread with it.

Dennis gives us some more information on the Terra Nova Laser Ultra 1, and illuminates that Terra Nova made a bunch of mistakes with their first effort with cuben - lets hope the production models don't go that quickly broken.

Adam reviews the Western Mountaineering HighLite which you should read if you're thinking about getting this sleeping bag.

I took this week a first look at the Arc'teryx Squamish Hoody, a very fine windshirt.

In the MYOG corner LAUFBURSCHE shows us how to make a 13g headlamp, thus if your Petzl eLite is too heavy give this 5 minute project a go!

Sabine's Cuben day- and drypack, which she made for her Greenland trip, is a very easy, useful and multipurpose item which has me looking at ordering cuben and making my own.

Rio shows us how to fit Gossamer Gear Lightrek Grips on a pair of Leki Makalu Carbon Ultralite, useful for all who need bigger handgrips on their trekking poles.

The fourth MYOG article this week came from Tomas, who plans to make the perfect bivy. In this first look he introduces us to all the different materials he bought, and what he plans to do.

For those who travel on the water the Kayakpaddling.net site is worth a look, and despite the focus on kayaks also packrafters and canoe folks likely will learn some interesting infos.

Francis Tapon has a Serbia podcast up, accompanied by an interesting article about the country, a recommended read for all who aim to travel to the Balkans.