Hiking in Finland

Climbing, bikepacking, skiing & packrafting in the north

The Week in Review

I hate November in Finland. It is by far the most miserable and grey month, and I decided that this will be the last November I will have spent in Finland. Next year I will swap this grey misery of fog and no sunshine to a month at the beach or mountains or rainforest or all of the aforementioned, somewhere in the south where the sun shines and the sky is blue. There shall be possibilities for hiking, climbing and biking as well, besides lounging at the beach. After some time googling for ecological holiday homes and only finding rubbish a friend recommended me Airbnb. I had a look at the site, checked available accommodations at our preferred destinations, and it definitely looks like the way to go. So if you're equally fed up with grey, foggy, depressive, snowless Novembers in you neck of the world, check out Airbnb.

Darren lives in Australia. Australia is totally a country where I could picture myself living. Their Novembers are not grey & depressive. Not at all, as Darren shows on his packrafting the shoalhaven river trip.

John is walking the GR7 at the moment, and it took him to Murcia last week. The sun shines also in Spain.

Nick welcomes back Greenwich Mean Time on Scolty Hill.

The 2012 Ultralight Backpackers Summit will be held in Slovenia, as decided by the majority of people who voted - Awesome =) Now lets find a date which suits most of us. Please go and choose your preferred date in the Doodle calendar before the hobbits, dwarfs and elves behind this continue planning!

David's mate took some fine photo on the HRP.

Dave discusses In Or Out?

Jack shows us a free, UL wood stove.

Alan had a wet walk on Greendale Tarn. Quite nice photos of a soggy hike.

John had a bit more luck with the weather on his hike around Troutbeck and Gowbarrow.

Cole continues to produce fine photos of his trips, and his latest Lassen National Park trip report is no exception.

You see, I would like November in Finland slightly better if there would not be the retarded day light saving BS-thing, and instead of greyness I could do with snow. Snow like Ryan had it on his Snowy Stratton daytrip.

James shares some thoughts on soloing.

Kinpu continues to post superb MYOG articles. His latest article shows how he made a backpack prototype out of tyvek - which has the advantage of being easy to work with and cheap. Inspiring!

Linda spent a weekend in Bend.

I interview Sean of OookWorks, the UK's only cottage manufacturer, and a great guy.

Karl shares some history of Iron Mountain.

Beth shares the gorgeous view of autumn forests in Appalachia.

Thinking about walking John O'Groats to Land's End? Read Christine's Conclusion of her JOGLE and you might reconsider it. Or possibly she should have read Mike's Successful Long Distance Path Walking article beforehand.

Ken is currently in Turkey. Turkey is the beautiful country between the Mediterranean and Black Sea. It also has beautiful Novembers. Ken's account of his hikes around the country are well worth your time, and his Ephesus account will delight the history and archeology fans among you.

If you like grey and soggy weather, I reckon you will love Scotland. James seems to like Scotland, and Bothys. I wonder if he was disappointed by the sun and blue sky, which occasionally seemed to come through.

If you like racing, backpacking, and a combination of both, check out the inaugural Bob Marshall Wilderness Open which Dave is putting together.

A MTB park video. From this Mike guy, which takes awesome photos and makes sweet 29" wheels.

Markus not only makes gorgeous knifes - you should see my new UL blade - but also likes to go high and far. His Trettachspitze and Höfatsüberschreitung photos and report are well worth seeing and reading.

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The Week in Review

Daylight savings, I hate thee.

I'm getting a GoPro HD HERO2 and am so full of happy anticipation that I couldn't wait till it arrival to tell you all about it.

Patagonian Dreams is a blog I was made aware of last week, and think it is something the lot of you gals and guys will enjoy. Steve and his wife Katrijn have been around quite a bit - Greenland, Patagonia, Scandinavia, Andes, Alaska and Pakistan, all lightweight, and their blog shares their adventures. Check it out, there's some gorgeous photos there, and some useful tips.

This Ben Collins fellow also knows something about taking photos. So when he ventures into the Bernese Oberland mountains of the Swiss Alps for some mountaineering, then we do well to sit back with a cup of tea to enjoy his work - even if his best laid plans go to waste.

Tom has sorted out the Most Extreme Hiking Tale and needs you to vote for a winner.

Dennis illuminates us about downjackets, their advantages and disadvantages, and what you should look at when you buy one.

Terry shares his secrets on how to catch cloud inversions.

Fraser took a pretty sweet photo of the night sky.

Toni also has some fine photos to show off in his Fall Review.

Royall Wulff, his mate and their sons had a banner day in Colorado. Recommended read!


Mark shares his thoughts on the Terra Nova Laser 20L pack with us. He tried it on a few walks, like his Stanage Edge and Bamford Moor one.

Jaakko on the other hand is in love, with his La Sportiva Wild Cats. His Long-Term Report is the love letter he wrote for them.

Hariyama Productions from Japan presents their latest cuben backpack creation, the BP005. I like the way to attach the pad in the back, good (small but useful) innovation.

This Cross-Scotland Kayak Adventure series has some fine photos.

Ross is confused about Bushcraft.

Jake was for less than 96 hours in the Bob Marshall wilderness, but had fun nevertheless.

How about some Canyons, Waterfalls and Sand Dunes?

Ellen was hiking for a weekend in Evans Notch, and autumn colours reigned supreme.

Errin was bikepacking on Catalina Island.

If you need some sun, red rocks, adventures and mountain bikes, then Greg has you covered.


Martin's Used and abused from Aviemore to Blair Atholl will enlighten you about some gear.

How about an 11 g MYOG Moskito Headnet?

Chris Townsend also has a very exhaustive and in-depth gear report on his site, which is well worth checking out.

Mark continues his Ultralight Makeover Redux series with Part 5 - Start Cooking Light.


I have been lusting for a GoPro camera since well over a year. I know there are others out nowadays, but the GoPro is the original for me - it was the first one around, is used by all the cool kids up in Alaska on their packraft and bikepacking trips, but yet I always held out - the sound of the original GoPro was not up to scratch, and 300$ is a lot of money.

Well, that all changed just with the introduction of the GoPro HD HERO2 this week. Called the "Professional" HD camera it is double as awesome as the original GoPro HD Camerasand one of the things which makes is really cool in my opinion is its in-build setting for time lapse. Yeps, that's right - time lapse, that malevolently difficult way of photographing stuff and making it look awesome afterwards. It also adds a microphone jack, so I can attach my Rode Videomic Pro.Exquisite, if I may say so. If you haven't yet, now would be a good time to click play on that video up there to see what the HERO2 is capable of. I will wait here, so go ahead, click play.

The new HD HERO2 Outdoor Edition comes with a waterproof housing to 60 meters, so I can take it diving, a whole assortment of straps to attach it to my helmet - nice for [ice] climbing, cycling and packrafting (also eliminates the fear of accidentally dropping an absurdly expensive photo camera into the water!) and a variety of other mounts as well as a pivot arm. Damn, all that's missing is a dolly! It shoots 1080p at 30 FPS, has a f/2.8 Fixed Focus with a variety of Fields of View Options: From super-wide 170º Wide FOV over 127º Medium FOV to the narrow 90º FOV, there's something for every situation. In addition it got an easy User Interface and red LEDs on all sides which let you know the camera is running. And instead of me repeating the Specs & Features, you could just head over to the GoPro site and read them yourself. If you rather hear it from me - its a fine piece of gadgetry HD video camera widgetery which opens up very creative possibilities for us backpacking, bikepacking, packrafting, skiing and climbing folks.

At the same time as the HERO2 was announced, GoPro also told us about the Wi-Fi BacPac + Wi-Fi Remote which will come out in February 2012. What's cool about the former is that it will enable long range video remote control via the Wi-Fi Remote or, much cooler, a smartphone GoPro App. That is pretty forward thinking stuff right there - use your phone to control the camera, and see what the camera sees. You even could live stream if you're inclined to do so. Its almost Star Trek kind-of-awesomeness.

So, in case you haven't guessed yet: I made a purchase decision for a GoPro HD HERO2, Outdoor Edition. I can't wait till the camera arrives, allowing me to filming mundane things like walking with the pram in the park and cycling through the city to more adventurous stuff like singletrack mountain biking, packrafting and climbing. I'm also really looking forward to shoot time lapses with it, and use it as a Behind-The-Scenes camera for ULAZ.

Go get yours at the Official GoPro® Store - the HERO2 comes in three outfits (you want the Outdoor one!) for 300$ while the original HD HERO retails now for 200$ to 240$. Give it yourself to christmas if you need a reason, or tell your significant other that I made you buy it.

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