Hiking in Finland

Climbing, bikepacking, skiing & packrafting in the north

The Week in Review XLIX

“This collation of memory that is now entirely digitised unsettles me even as I partake of it.” - Suzanne Moore

Mountain Laurel Designs TrailStar


The reasons for the long absence of TWIR? I ran a trail marathon and was hiking in Lapland for a week. Good excuses, me thinks.

I welcome Scarpa to HiF! Besides making the best climbing shoes they also make superb mountaineering boots and trailrunning shoes. Check them out!

GoLite returns to Europe. Soon, at least. They’ll be based in Switzerland, have a full webshop and supply other ultralight webshops, too. I’m curious to see how things will develop.

TrailPix launched their Kickstarter campaign last week. I’ve been using one of the prototypes and the TrailPix is even better. If you hike with your camera and trekking poles, TrailPix allows you to use the poles as a very stable tripod which will even carry a DSLR!

The Klymit LiteWater Dinghy is here! A packraft that packs down to 4x9 inches, weighs less than 1 kg and has the superb price of just $225. Trying packrafting has never been cheaper!

A Photo Is Worth A Thousand Miles.

Angst & Mut im Gleichgewicht - an interview with Reinhold Messner.


Gear Reviews & Deals

The Semi-Annual Climbing Sale is going on right now at CampSaver.com.

There’s a new Outlet Section on Backcountry.com with up to 70% off Past Season Goods.

The Super Summer Sale at Bergzeit.co.uk is still going on, and lets you save up to 80% on selected items!

Also at REI there’s a End-Of-Season Clearance Sale where you can save up to 75% on selected clothing & up to 50% on selected gear.

The Bergfreunde have a bunch of new autumn gear and garments in store, like the Arc’teryx Cerium LT Hoody and Black Diamond garments.

And the Trekking-Lite-Store.com has a sale on tents, which are up to 25% off.

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Nick spent a year with HMG gear.

Roger reviews Pacer Poles.

Jörgen reflects on the gear he used at Sarek.

Jacob started the Cuben Fiber Roundup 2013 series.

Ever wondered what the owner of a cottage takes backpacking? Take a look into Mike St. Pierre’s backpack.

A very nice MYOG SilNylon 5l Stuff Sack.

Chad sits down for a Olympic National Park Post Hike Gear Talk.

And Derek also sits down for his first look at the ENO Hammock Quilts.

Haglöfs Skarn Pants.


Trip Reports

The North Pillar.

Adam enjoys Aguas Calientes in Peru.

Allison and Oscar go for an overnighter to Goat Rocks.

Jake is back from his Bailey Range Traverse.

Forrest shows us Wild Wyoming.

Tom enjoys climbing on Smith Rock.

Joni experiences autumn highs in Kymijoki.

Jens goes trekking on the Ederhöhenpfad and Urwaldsteig.

Jill is in a dark little room.

Toby goes bikepacking.

Corinna cycles on the North Sea Cycle Route.

Matthew hikes The Chalkland Way and it looks really good.

Two days on the Murgleiter Trail.

Heather spent a week packrafting at the Gates of the Arctic National Park.

David now has a mountain bike which he takes to the mountains. As it should be.