Hiking in Finland

Climbing, bikepacking, skiing & packrafting in the north

Advent Calendar - Door Ten



Dear Santa,

with the onset of winter a hat is becoming mandatory to keep my ears and head warm. As you know by now, I diligently do my research, and found that the Black Rock Hat from Black Rock Gear is the warmest and lightest hat available for UL backpackers. That's because it is made of a DWR coated ripstop nylon and is filled with 900fp goose down, the lightest and warmest material around. It even has a soft inner headband, which feels great on the skin, and the snug fit means no heat can escape. I would wear it night and day, and make it part of my sleep system. And on trips where I won't need a hat during the day, its tiny packsize means it takes nearly no space in my pack but is there for me when I need it. I'm sure you'd like one as well, maybe ask Black Rock Gear if they make you one in Santa-Red? And did I mention that it is super-ultralight and warm already?

Best,


- An aspiring UL-Backpacker




Leave a comment with a mugshot photo in which you hold a piece of paper, stating a spectacular reason why you should win. Pixelmator and Photoshop Wizards, sorry, no editing text over a photo of yourself. You got till 18 o'clock Finnish time to make a mugshot photo and leave it in the comments underneath!

UPDATE I

Wow, you guys ROCK! I had the lolz looking through your awesome photos, some really hilarious ones there =) Many, many thanks, I wish I'd had some thirty plus hats to give away!

And the winner is... Pontus Fagerudd - 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 Nine



Dear Santa,

my backpacking mates and me decided to try out rock climbing. We save so much weight that a bit of UL climbing gear added to the pack doesn't slow us down, but allows us to experience new adventures. Because I'm smart, I decided the Mammut Smart from Watzmann-Laden would be the best belay device for me as a beginner - it is light, its dynamic braking of the climber in an accidental fall, plus that it locks even at low levels of force exerted by the belayer make it a perfect first belay device for me. With 87 grams it doesn't break my back, but allows for extra security when belaying. And it's even Made in Italy, isn't that great?!

Best,


- An aspiring UL-Backpacker




Just leave a comment.

UPDATE I

Thanks everyone. 15 o'clock Finnish time is 15 o'clock Finnish time, sorry :/

And the winner is... Simon Tranter - 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 Eight



Dear Santa,

you know, there's two materials ultralight backpackers fancy beyond any others: cuben and titanium. Titanium is a wonderfully light metal, and all my friends have a titanium cup and pot. Some even use their cups as pots, true multipurpose thinking there, and as a real UL backpacker usually eats out of freezer bags and needs the pot for boiling water only, I think it would be ace if you'd bring me a SnowPeak 600 Double Wall Titanium Cup from Bergfreunde. I could first use it to boil water, pour half of it in my freezer bag and use the rest for a fine, warm cup of coffee! It should keep my coffee nice warm even in minus temperatures, and cleaning it should be easy as pie. It also looks great, so I'd appreciate if you think of me when you make the purchase decisions for my presents.

Best,


- An aspiring UL-Backpacker




Leave a photo of your current cup. You might use it as a pot. But it should be a cup =)

UPDATE I

Thanks everyone. Yes, indeed, you shouldn't use a double walled cup above direct heat. So the winner shouldn't do that, OK? So no boiling water in it, no cheese fondue, no simmering, NADA. ¿Entiendes?

And the winner is... Toni Lund - 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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