Hiking in Finland

Climbing, bikepacking, skiing & packrafting in the north

The Week in Review LVIII

In which we light the first candle and embrace the darkness in the early afternoon.



I’m not the only one with an Advent Calendar. Auf dem Berg and the Freiluft Blog help outdoor folks find various calendar where they can win sweet gear.

Planeta Packraft runs its first Packrafting Story Contest.

Human Factors in Avalanche Assessment.

Alex helps you turn an Android phone into a dedicated GPS device.

Packrafting has made it into the German KANU Magazin.

The LiteTrail Titanium Solid Fuel Cook System - v3 is now available.

Alpacka Rafts still have 10% off all boats and dry suits. Now is the time to get a packraft! And if you’re in Europe, remember that Packrafting Store has 10% on EVERYTHING!

VauDe Visions helps you find a sweet new outdoor wallpaper for your phone, tablet and computer.

How about a Better Chalkbag? The support this Kickstarter project.

Campfire Kids: Going Back to Nature with Forest Kindergartens.

A stargazer’s guide to autumn delights.

What it took to climb La Dura Dura - The World’s Hardest Route.

If you find yourself in Helsinki, check out The Outdoor Guide to Helsinki.

2nd Snow

Trip Reports

Greg has Visions of Hell.

Helen visits Elliq Qala and its 50 Fortresses.

Family friendly hikes at the Kampenwand.

Mark was out for a short backpack around the Scafell Massif.

Antti hiked the GR5 this summer, this is Day 1.

Nick rides out on a Great Divide Thanksgiving.

Oxford Climbers Find Mishaps, Tomfoolery and New Routes in Greenland.

Into the Amazonas… to Machu Picchu.

Niels hikes from Løkken to Ålbæk on the North Sea Trail.

Serendipitous Towers.

Mountain Running in 大岩ヶ岳&百丈岩.


Gear Reviews & Deals

Jake has used the RailRiders Weatherpants for a long time.

Sandy takes a look at the Granite Gear Air Zipp Twist Bags.

Colin has slept 200 nights on the Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite.

Ivo helps you make a MYOG Sil Stuffsack.

Carsten tries out Fuse Primalight 200+ - Merino and Primaloft in one.

Jotaro shares his Field Test Impression of the “Nyx” Synthetic Quilt.

A Low height easy-CHS Alcohol Stove.

Toni makes us envious with his new 9:ZERO:7 Fatbike.

John gets the saw out and modifies his JetBoil Sol Ti Cup/ Pot.

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Bergzeit.co.uk has a superb selection of Ski Touring and Telemark gear for your winter skiing needs.

Backcountry.com has Black Friday & Cyber Monday Best Deals with up to 75% off.

Bought gear and realised you didn’t need it? Then GearTrade.com helps you to get rid of it, and earn money with it that you can use for your next backpacking trip!

Bergfreunde.de give you a bottle of Toko Proof when you buy a new hardshell.