Hiking in Finland

Climbing, bikepacking, skiing & packrafting in the north

The Week in Review XXVIII

Sharpen your axes/ Wax your skis/ The sun is rising/ The Best of winter/ is here.

Trail to the sun. #outdoors


Eastern European readers will be delighted to know that there’s a new online shop which carries a lot of lightweight brands, for example Westcomb, OMM, Gossamer Gear and many more: Check out the Outdoor Line webshop!

An interview with Jonathan Shaun, Owner + Designer at Nonetheless Garments.

A winter traverse of the Brooks Range is planned by John Cantor & Evan Howard in 2014.

Ryan aka Guthook has updated his Website’s URL, and so you should update your bookmarks.

Belgians might want to mark the 24.02. in their calendars, that’s when Joery is giving a talk about his Peel watershed packraft trip.

Dave shares tips on How to be Spontaneous.

I informed about my Guided Winter Trips.

Benjamin shared impressions from the ULTFWT X.

Fat Bike Cogitations. Danger, you might want one after reading this.

Trip Reports

Jan, Malte and Bern head to Iceland. My recommended read this week, stunning photography and excellently written!

Jaakko & friends go ski touring in Pyhä.

From the cold to the warmth of Ecuador, where Brad spent one & half months in the Central Andes of Ecuador.

Kelley & John head to the Canon Brook.

Jill is at the right place, at the tight time.

Adam goes beyond Dogsled Pass.

Greg spends some quality time in the Winter Whitewater Wonderland with his friends and their packrafts.

James heads up the Dragon’s Tooth.

Morning walk. #outdoors #winter #photography

Dreams of Cortez: San Ignacio to Loreto. For sun-loving bikepacking aficionados.

Doom and friends visit Grandmother’s House aka climbing & packrafting in Utah.

Don is without a plan.

Joni heads out for some Kite Skiing.

New Year’s Packrafting on Kauai Island.

Serenity Now.

Hana heads out for a Iodake Snow Run.

David & friends build Pingu Palace.

Preperation. #photography

Gear Reviews & Deals

Derek helps you make a DIY Poncho Liner Under Quilt.

Willem reviews the ULA Epic Backpack + Sea to Summit Big River Dry Bag.

Henrik pimps his Moonlite Bivy.

DIY Shoulder Strap Water Bottle Holders á la Chad.

Tookie reviews the Terra Nova Laser 35 Rucksack.

Anna & Chris have a very nice PCT Campsite Video and Tent Review up on their site.

An Inook VXM Snowshoe review.

Jake reviews the Vibram Fivefingers EL-X Trail shoes.

A useful overview of companies who produce Trailrunning packs and vests.

A review of the Montane Ice Guide Jacket.

Rio shares his first impressions of the New Balance Minimus Trail.

And Peter has a GoPro HERO3 and shares his first impressions with us.

In winter you need a warm sleeping pad - like the Exped SynMat Basic UL 7.5 which is 20% off the regular price at the Bergfreunde. Prefer a mat that can’t break? Then take the Therm-a-Rest RidgeRest Solar, also 20% off!

What’s missing to a warm night’s sleep is a good down sleeping bag, here’s a whole bunch with up to 40% off, like the Yeti V.I.B. 600. Add in a Rab Survival Zone Lite Bivy, a 200 g Pertex Endurance bivy, which is 22% off at Bergzeit and you got a warm winter sleeping kit!

Check out the REI Outlet’s Under $20 selection if you want some new shiny gear for small money.