Hiking in Finland

Climbing, bikepacking, skiing & packrafting in the north

The Week in Review XVII

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Orange leaves are falling,
Grey clouds move through the sky,
Days are getting shorter.



One of the best blogs from the UK, Ähem, sorry, Scotland turned five years old last week. Head over and congratulate PTC!

Errin is Alaska Bound as he won the Salsa Video Contest - huge congratulations!

Patagonia & Polartex produce gear for the US Army - and Dennis wonders if that’s a smart move.

Sven ponders where it goes with the European packrafting scene.

Steven explains how to switch away from Feedburner without losing subscribers, for free.

Davy is now a year on Twitter, and wonders: is it a Social Network or a Community?

Check out this video of the Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2012 which has some absolutely stunning photos on dispaly.

ORU - The Origami Kayak. Still no alternative to a packraft, but looks interesting.

Trip Reports

Ben and his brother head to the Outback on the Larapinta Trail.

Steve and Katrijn went on a summer’s long ramble through Europe’s last wilderness.

Greg tries to tackle the write-up of his Great South West Walk.

Scatman tells us about Dirt Bag Living.

Jake hikes into autumn on his 30+ Days in the Olympic National Park trip.

Basti & Rike were on the GR20 - without blisters!

Jaakko has some superb photos to share from his trips in the north so check them out!

David is far out in Assynt.

Cedar & Sand heads to Canaan Mountain, Water Canyon, and the Secret Slot.

Marty went hiking for 15 days in Padjelanta and Sarek.

Nick shows you don’t need to head out for weeks on end to enjoy the outdoors, and tackles the Tarmachan Ridge in a morning.

Sam and Sarah went hiking on the Eifelsteig.

James continues his adventure above the arctic circle.

Two years ago Joery was on a very fine autumn trip in the “European Alaska”, Sarek.

John & Jean are temporary tourists in New Zealand and Australia.

Baking muffins outdoors

Gear Deals

2012 Patagonia Sale at Backcountry.com - Up to 40% Off Now

Grab the sub-one kilogram Marmot Always Summer down sleeping bag for 50% off at the Bergfreunde - for 95€!

Find Sale and Clearance items at REI.com!

Take a look at the ULA Equipment Backpacks in Fall Colors which are available for a limited time only!


Gear Reviews

Tatsuya introduces us to a great UL tripod, the Zipshot TR406.

Sabine reviews the gear she liked and sent home on her PCT hike.

Brian is disappointed with the Spot II GSM Messenger.

Jens reviews the Vaude Shipton Hooded Jacket.

Amy reviews Columbia Omni-Freeze ZERO Cooling Apparel for the hot days ahead (if you live in the southern hemisphere).

Joni does some gear talk.

Mark tells you how to stay fresh with less.

Russ gives us an Interbike 2012 Roundup.

James on how to build a Trad Rack.

Derek helps you choosing a tarp for your hammock.

Henrik has a new modded Daypack and wonders why he didn’t do that earlier.

Peter muses on Action Cameras.