Hiking in Finland

Climbing, bikepacking, skiing & packrafting in the north

Advent Calendar - Door 17



Dear Santa,

Alcohol in winter just doesn't cut it. Half as efficient as butane gas and gasoline, it is high-time to put a liquid gas stove on my wish list. Browsing through the Bergfreunde website, I saw the Edelrid Opilio - at 170 gram one of the lightest gas stoves on the market. A nice big pan support gives even big pots in winter enough support, and its 3 kW output power means there's some serious power there to melt snow and boil water! 3 minutes for boiling a liter of water ain't shabby, and means I can eat and drink a hot cup of cacao a lot quicker. It'd be swell if you drop one of them in my stockings, because the 20+ minutes it takes my alcohol stove to make a bit of snow lukewarm just puts me closer to hypothermia then a warm meal.

Best,


- An aspiring UL-Backpacker








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UPDATE I

Suspension is killing you.

It kills you till Tuesday.

UPDATE II

Excuse the delay in announcing the winner - I was abroad and out of town till yesterday night.

And the winner is... Eugeneius - Congratulations! Please contact me via Email, you got till tomorrow 15 o'clock to get in touch otherwise it goes to the second in line! Thanks everyone else, see you tomorrow at 6 AM!

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Advent Calendar - Door 16



Dear Santa,

with my foray into climbing and mountaineering the needs from a backpack have changed a bit. See, in the mountains there's rocks, made of stone - granite, sandstone et al. Hard materials, which can be tough on materials. So for my Alpine & Mountaineering adventures, I reckon I'd be better off with a backpack which is made of slightly more durable materials than silnylon and cuben. Osprey makes some sweet backpacks, and their new Mutant 28 pack looks like it just made for what I had in mind. Light, enough space for a luxurious dayhike or a multiday alpine adventure, the pack can hold my ice axes, has two hydration hose exits, a floating lid with a lid pocket which can be completely removed and a mighty comfy backpanel as well as a superb compression system.

Best,


- An aspiring UL-Backpacker







Leave a photo of all the (climbing/ ice climbing/ mountaineering) gear you plan to carry in the Mutant 28 if you win it. The pack is a Size Medium - it be good coincidence if you're too!

UPDATE I

Small update folks: You also can post a photo of the gear (not climbing/ mountaineering) you would use the pack with - this makes it hopefully more attractive to many of you =)

UPDATE II

Suspension is killing you.

It kills you till Tuesday.

UPDATE III

Excuse the delay in announcing the winners - I was out abroad and out of town till yesterday night.

And the winner is... Visa Jokelainen - Congratulations! Please contact me via Email, you got till tomorrow 15 o'clock to get in touch otherwise it goes to the second in line! Thanks everyone else, see you tomorrow at 6 AM!



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Advent Calendar - Door 15



Dear Santa,

today I write to you on behalf of my son. Telling him about all my outdoor adventures has rubbed off on him, even if he's only a mere two and half months old. He communicated to me that he'd like some outdoor garments as well, so that he can accompany me outdoors. How great is that, Santa? My son wants to go outdoors with me, I'm such a lucky dad! So I set out to find out about high quality gear for babys and kids, which isn't easy, let me tell you. Imagine my relieve as I found Isbjörn of Sweden, who make great garments for babys and kids - I almost wish they'd make garments for adults as well, so functional and thought-out they are! Take their Rib Jumpsuit, for example: Made of 100% recycled Polartec fleece it is supersoft and keeps the little one nice warm in spring, autumn and mild winter days; the zipper is easy going, opens completely for easy dressing and has a stormflap behind it, to avoid cold spots. An adjustable hood lets him keep a warm head and look like a little ninja, add in great flexible socks & gloves and that it comes gorgeous colour combinations, and I am sure my little one would love to get it, and go outdoors with me - staying comfy and warm while we enjoy a beautiful winter day!

Best,


- An aspiring UL-Backpacker









Leave a comment with the name & birthday of your little one (Birthday = e.g. End of March 2011 = completely fine, no need to post the exact date if you don't feel comfortable about it). Expecting outdoor parents are welcome to participate as well - leave a estimated date + "code name" =) You got till 23 o'clock Finnish time to enter!

Isbjörn of Sweden sizes are large. My two and half months old son (now 64 cm long) wears his own Rib Jumpsuit in a size 56/ 68 cl with room to grow in, and I'm sure he will still be wearing it next spring. I'm sorry about that the colour is a bit off in some of the photos - the last one and the photo of the hood best show it (difficult to take good photos when it's just grey and rainy outside). It is a really great colour, though, and would fit both a girl or a boy.

UPDATE I

Hei everyone - congratulations, you're all winners with having (and soon getting) babys and kids! However, there can only be one winner of the Rib Jumpsuit.

And the winner is... Viorel Z - Congratulations! Please contact me via Email, you got till tomorrow 15 o'clock to get in touch otherwise it goes to the second in line! Thanks everyone else, see you tomorrow at 6 AM!

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