Hiking in Finland

Climbing, bikepacking, skiing & packrafting in the north

The Week in Review

Back from an epic 11 days paddling trip, which was concluded with me now being a BCU 2 Star Paddler in both Open Canoe and Kayak. Sweet. Packrafting was a lot more fun though, so much that more trips are being planned, with more white water. And a bike.

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News & Various:

The Backcountry Boiler Mk II is available on Kickstarter - back this project and get yours!

Mike Clelland! recommends these online essays from Glen Van Peski: How to go Lighter. And when you're done with it, get Mike's new book: Ultralight Backpackin' Trips.

Haydn showcases the unidentified alien insects of Snowdonia and needs your help in identifying them!

Martin is also back home from the TGO Challenge, and a challenge it was this year.

There were fantastic Guest Articles here on HIF while I was out paddling - it started last week with Roman Dial's "We were a Party Train on an Errand", continued with Peter Nylund's "Bikepacking in Finland" and concluded with Joe Newton's "Death To Rain Pants" - make sure to read them if you haven't yet!



Thomas shows off his 136 g First Aid kit and would like your input.

Benjamin Roode shows off a Group Pot Stand and Windscreen in this free Backpacking Light Article.

Dave gives us his snap judgment on the Montane Spektr.

Il Dolce Far Niente went to experience kayaking with Greenland paddles for the first time which looks very interesting.

Ryan presents his spring 2011 Backpacking Gear List.

Alan shows us his major modifications he made to his Tarptent Moment.

Tim and Robin review the Vasque Mindbender 7516 Trail Running Shoes.

Phil shares his TGO Challenge 2011 Kit Thoughts with us in some fine videos.


Trip Reports:

Doom did it again - an epic trip report. Spring Utah loop, section 1 is a must read.

Aaron gives us a mighty fine spring update. Biking, packrafting, skiing, travels, all to be had in fine photos and texts - check it out.

Greg went for a trip on the Cathedral Range Circuit - The Sequel.

Christine takes a hike through Germany and gives us the lodown on the Swabian Alb in this episode.

The coastkid goes down a trip on memory lane.

Kristen and Ville made the first 252 miles on the PCT, from the Mexican border to Big Bear.

Matt puts smiles over miles on his two day, one night fastpack shakedown hike along the Iron Mtn., Appalachian and Virginia Creeper Trails.

Stephanie and Dustin went to heaven. Or "just" to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Adam on the other hand went to visit Yosemite National Park, and found Half Dome a mighty impressive sight.