Hiking in Finland

Climbing, bikepacking, skiing & packrafting in the north

The Week in Review XXXVI

“The more you carry in your bag, the less you carry in your head.”



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Meet the last Lykov.

FireFly UL Titanium Collapsible Wood Stove is a very light and cheap wood stove that packs small.

Outdoor Research has a new blog, Verticulture.

Finally you can get Westcomb Hardshell jackets in Europe at outdoorline.sk!

Correspondance: Les sentiers de grand randonnée en France.

High on my want list: GORUCK Slick pack.

Jacob on Kids and Backpacking.

Freelight SpinNapⅡG backpack.

Want a modular backpack? Support the Bootlegger Modular Pack System by Boreas Gear on Kickstarter!

Useful resources for a Pacific Crest Trail thruhike.

Washing Down Sleeping Bags and Jackets.

Mountain-lovers look at Leavenworth beyond the lederhosen.

Bugle - the iPhone App that might save your life.

Traditional Canoe course in Sweden.

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Trip Reports

A couple of French ultralight backpackers spent four wonderful days in Finland, skiing along the Pirkan Taival. Check out the photos, they’re superb!

A LAUFBURSCHE Special Edition hikes the 三条の湯.

Cape Liptrap Coastal Walk.

Easter in North Wales.


Gina is skiing the East.

Hunting with the Hadza.

Doom heads out on a Mini Gear Tour.

A walk on Blue Sky Ecological Reserve.

Jill is easing back in.

Austin Creek.

Piz Turettas.

Mark heads out for a Springtime Microadventure.


Packrafting New Zealand.

John arrived on Day 36 in L’Escala.

A skiing expedition in Helsinki.

Chad Came Out of the Woods by Choice.

An Alpine Eastern.

The Fifth Element.

The Tarmachan Ridge.

The grand traverse of Ben Lawers.

Hiking in Zuid-Kenemerland, Netherlands.

Hærvejen: Nørre Snede to Vejen.


Nigel Foster’s finesse.

Billy the Kid and the Lincoln National Forest.

Salewa Pure 25 SL  in for test

Gear Reviews & Deals

4 Outdoor Cases for the iPhone 5 compared.

Montane Slipstream GL reviewed.

Lawson Outdoor Equipment Ti Tent Stakes.

EOE Palladium reviewed.

Gobi Gear Hoboroll Review.

Colin created the MYOG Bugsy.

About Bar Stools and Brooks Saddles.

How to run safely in the mountains: 10 essential bits of kit.

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Rock climbing season is a go! Begfreunde have a few great ropes on sale, including this Tendon Smart Lite 9,8 mm single rope for 50€ and the Beal Ice Line Golden Dry 8,1 mm half rope for 156€.

The ULA Epic backpack is a lightweight allround backpack which is great for packrafters,

Save up to 60% on Discounted and Closeout Tents, Sleeping Bags, Backpacks, Clothing, Climbing Gear and more. Now at the CampSaver Outlet.

Katadyn makes water filters, for UL backpackers the Katadyn Mini is of interest, or even lighter: Micropur purification tablets.

GoLite’s new quilts & sleeping bags are currently 50% off and have free shipping.

REI lets you take off 20% off a full priced item.

Bergzeit has over a dozen great packs on offer, like the Mammut Trion Light 28 or the Haglöfs Tight large Daypack.