Hiking in Finland

Climbing, bikepacking, skiing & packrafting in the north

The Week in Review

Do not sleep under a roof. Carry no money or food. Go alone to places frightening to the common brand of men. Become a criminal of purpose. Be put in jail, and extricate yourself by your own wisdom.” ― Miyamoto Musashi

Very interesting MYOG Alcohol stove design.

Greg's first impressions of the LightHeart Gear SoLong 6 shelter.

Jim advices Caution for the Jetboil Sol Ti.

Jake walks barefoot in the winter with the Vibram Seeya Trail.

Josh is gearing up.

Odd's sweet Bikepacking setup.

Five big knifes Leukus from Finland.

Don's working on a top secret Backcountry Boiler Stopper Project.

Beautiful Outdoor Art.

I minimized the blog a bit, before the move.

Toby's winter so far.

Peter's take on the Arrochar Meet.

Vik rides on red rocks at the Submarine Rock Loop.

Ulligunde goes ski touring in the Allgäu.

Kelley and John have fun in the Holbrook Island State Park.

John walks the GR48 from Hinojales to Cala in Andalucia.

Dawn walks in the How Stean Gorge.

Nick goes for a Wild Camp in Glen Gairn.

Don goes bikepacking on the Palmetto Trail.

Gustav waits about the unbearable wait for snow and the joy of igloos.

Pacific Crest Trail 2011 in Photos.

Paul is not doing a Grasmoor Circuit.

Add one Tookie, Steve, Colin and Phil + Am Fear Liath Mòr = Fun.

David explores Hill Farms and Hill Forts.

The Master Chef recommends Curried Red Lentils and Rice for Trail Gourmets.

Adam writes an Open Letter to Wives.

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The Week in Review

The sun is shining. The thermometer stays on the minus side. For today. But the weeks ahead look like spring is on its way.

The Sentinel.

The night of a thousand reviews.

An Attempt on the Mt Anne Circuit.

To steal a mountain.

What goes through my head when I'm skiing?

Jill shares her Susitna 4 adventure with us, go read Chapter 1.

Niels walked four days on the North Sea Trail back in October.

Cole hiked the Kent Trail to the Hidden Lake.

Greg goes for a hike on the (Nudist) Beach.

Marcus spends Day 5 on HardangerJokulen.

A 2011 Nuptse West Face Expedition Report.

Why backpack?

Win a Merino Neck Buff!

Allison on "Knowing When to Quit".

Rufus and Elton go for a walk in the snow.

Jigokudani monkeys.

Red Pike to Haystacks.

Definitions of Gear Head.

New Mexico: Silver City to the Very Large Array.

Sussex Border Path 13 Warnham and Friday Street.

A modified Swedish Finnish Torch.

A first look at the Mammut Creon Light 45 l+.

Marc and Sven visit Alpacka in Colorado.

Chris writes about the Difficulties Of (and a solution to) Mobile Phone Blogging.

The cost of outdoor gear – is expensive necessarily the best?

Dressing around the world for the worst conditions.

A tyvek wallet.

Basti takes a look at the Patagonia Down Sweater.

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Skiing / Training

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With the little one outdoor time has been limited to short bursts of outdoor activity when I was able to steal away. Preparing for the two trips, I loaded up my backpack, dressed up, grabbed the skis and head out the door. Fifty meters and I put on my skis, ski downhill to the lake. -20°C can be pretty. It is silent. The cold drives people inside. Good for me.

Few tracks go over the ice. Fishermen who left only their tracks and holes in the ice behind. Hare and Fox tracks which lead to the other side. A thin path from walkers, and tracks from their dogs who enjoyed running in the snow.

Ice fishing hole

I make my own tracks. Skiing tracks. Kick and glide, kick and glide. Keep the mind free, don't think about it - then it goes better, smoother.

The sound of my poles hitting the ice is all I hear. Ponk. Ponk. Ponk. Ponk. A steady rhythm. I really should fix that basket on the one pole before I leave north. Do I always have it in my right hand, or do I switch? Maybe I should mark them. I also should mark my skis. Right and Left. Kick and glide.

Self portrait on skis

Is it cold? Yeah, I feel the ice on my beard. Nice. My head is warm, but not too warm. Happily it is cold. I hope the ice carries. After a few days of over -20°C it should. And those fishermen are heavier than me, even with my backpack on. It will be fine.

Dusk on skis

Getting closer to Jalkassari. 12 minutes per kilometer. But this is a flat lake, not the fjell. Better be conservative, and estimate two to three kilometer per hour. In the fjell, in the forest. Soon.

Frozen lake

I wonder how many people have this luxury of being able to go skiing in front of their door. But is it a luxury? Not in Finland. Happily we have snow. Hopefully it stays cold. It's an awesome sunset. I wonder what the weather will be like up north. Should check that back home.

Off towards where the sun set

Damn, that scared me. A loud crack in the ice. But it must be thick enough to carry. No one went over to the islands yet. Ah well, I will. Making my own tracks. Just be careful. The ice should carry, it has been over -20°C for a week, and the current is further out, and even it is frozen over.

No tracks

Nice. No one has been here yet. Lets cross the island. Fishermen have been here already. And more hare and fox tracks. It's getting dark. Ski around the island and then back.

Another loud crack. Maybe smarter to ski closer to the shore. No need to die on the way home. Even if the ice should carry. And making new tracks is fun. Still about 12 minutes per kilometer. That'd be five kilometers per hour. But better to be more conservative. There will be hills and forests. Some lakes, but many hills and forests.

And back home

Lots of light pollution over the city. But still one can see the stars. That's probably Venus there. What was the name of that app which told you? Ah well. Rather be skiing now. How long should I ski when I'm up north? Till nightfall or stop earlier to pitch, melt snow, cook & eat? Ah well. I'll see. Soon. I wonder how much I will miss M & E. I hope they don't worry too much when I'm up north. I wonder if there will be northern lights still. And how cold it will be. Soon.