Hiking in Finland

Climbing, bikepacking, skiing & packrafting in the north

Advent Calendar - Door Seven



Dear Santa,

I was out hiking today, and didn't bring a jacket - my current ones are all a bit big, pack-size wise, so I decided to leave them at home. What a mistake! Mid-way a strong wind started to blow, chilling me to the bone, and the onsetting drizzle a bit later didn't really improve the situation. I was running home as fast as I could, where I heated up the Sauna and had a hot Minttu Chocolate to warm myself up from the inside. After my body temperature was close to 37°C again, I sat down to find out about light windshirts with a tiny packsize. Haglöfs from Sweden make one, called the Shield Pullover. It is highly wind and water resistant, so will keep me warm in such wind and drizzle I experienced today, and because it packs so small I would not need to leave it behind! It even has thumbloops and reflective detailing, so I can wear it when I go running in the mornings, and I can put my keys and smartphone into the zippered chestpocket. And with such a small packsize, you should not have any problems fitting it into my stockings!

Best,


- An aspiring UL-Backpacker




Leave a comment and tell us where you want to use this garment. I expect you're a Size L - if you're not, please don't participate!

UPDATE I

Thanks everyone, seems the Haglöfs Shield Pullover is fairly popular and could be used on many continents! And the winner is... Wilhelm - 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 Six



Dear Santa,

what a day, or night actually. I was out on my own, and found this beautiful camping spot at the beach, a great view over the lake, let me tell you. The inherent problems of beaches is that they're made of sand, and my Ti Shepard 1 g pegs weren't up to the task of securing my tarp. I needed to run around to search some rocks and sticks to be able to tie-out my tarp, and even fill some of my stuff sacks with sand. After an hour or so I finally had a halfway decent pitch, and set out to enjoy the sunset. During the night I was woken up by my tarp flapping around and the guylines whipping my face - a storm had come up, and my improvised stakes weren't up to the task. In the rain and wind I needed to retire to the forest, where my 1 g stakes were able to do the job, with the help of some rocks on top of them. Back at home I found out I should have got myself a pair of Toughstakes - those are especially made for sand & snow camping, and would have allowed me to sleep soundly through the night. As I plan to return to that beach, and also go snow camping a few times in the coming winter, it would be kind of you to drop a pair of Small Toughstakes into my stockings when you stop by. I will leave you a photo of my perfect pitch at the beach then next year!

Best,


- An aspiring UL-Backpacker



Leave a comment with a photo of your shelter pitched on sand or snow, and tell a story of how you pegged out the shelter.

UPDATE I

Thanks everyone, some sweet shelter peg-out solutions there =) And the winner is... Yaroslav Istomin - 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 Five



Dear Santa,

all my friends talk about bivys and quilt covers lately, though I'm not sure yet if I'm open-minded enough to try sleeping under the stars - and a good bivy also costs a little fortune, something I don't want to expect from you in these hard economic times. However, my diligent research has shown that Terra Rosa Gear make a rather good and affordable quilt/ sleeping bag cover from tyvek - a material which the highly enlightened folks rate very high. If I would get this one, I will go out and sleep under the night sky; and also will be able to keep up in the conversations with my hiking buddies (Now I'm just sitting there silently zipping from my Platypus when the talk turns to sleeping without shelter).

Best,


- An aspiring UL Backpacker



Leave a comment with a photo of your sleeping setup (so quilt/ sleeping bag + pad/ inflatable mat + whatever else you have) and tell us where you wanna use the Terra Rosa Gear Quilt Cover.

UPDATE I

Thanks everyone, some sweet setups and trip plans there. And the winner is... Willem Vandoorne - 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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