Hiking in Finland

Climbing, bikepacking, skiing & packrafting in the north

Advent Calendar - Door Two

Dear Santa,

today I would like to tell you about a problem I have encountered: I have a lot of little stuff flying around in my backpack, and don't have a waterproof packsack for my downjacket. I found out that OookWorks makes an ace cuben fibre pack sack called the CrispPackets (I wonder if crisps are included in it?) which could solve this dilemma. I could fit all my dinky small items in there, so that they're no longer flying loosely around in my pack, or stuff my downjacket in it and be sure that it stays dry. Its mighty light, too - maybe you want to consider a cuben sack instead of your jute bag to carry the present? I'd love to get one, and hope that you will think of me.


- An aspiring UL-Backpacker

So, the time frame will be 6 am till 3 pm (15 o'clock) FINNISH time. That should allow people from Australia till Alaska a halfway decent chance to leave a comment. Leave a comment with what you plan to stuff into the CrispPacket!

Update I

Comments are closed. And the winner is...

Sum Evocatus (who also left a wonderful funny comment =) - Congratulations! Please get in touch 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 One

Dear Santa,

This year I was especially nice. I found the light side, left behind my Meindl boots and Gregory 80 l backpack, learned about quilts, torso pads, down socks for sleeping and am thinking about getting a packraft. Anyway. To make the switch to ultralight backpacking, the Gossamer Gear Murmur would be awesome. It has a big enough volume to fit all my new lightweight gear, has a nice front mesh pocket, two side pockets and the blue colour means I will always see it easily. In case I have a bit more gear with me - I'm still in transition, after all - the pack can expand the volume a bit with a cinch closure to keep things inside dry.

So, as I said in the video, leave a comment with a photo of your current backpack to enter the raffle for this pack. You have till twelve o'clock Finnish time, and I then will update the post with the winner in the afternoon.

Good luck!



12 o'clock Finnish time was the time limit, amigos! So Simon Tranter is the last one who is in on this one, sorry [The time frame is 6 am to 12 am (noon) Finnish time, though I think I might need to expand it on the next posts. Maybe till 3 pm. See tomorrow then]. I will now check the entries on this one, delete double posts and then throw the numbers in random.org. Check back in a while!


Wow, you guys rock! 86 comments, plenty of cool packs & stories, many, many thanks! The next post goes online tomorrow at 6 am, so get ready for Door II!

And the winner is...

Aleksi Määttä - Congratulations! Please get in touch via Email, you got till tomorrow 15 o'clock to get in touch otherwise it goes to the second in line!

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The Hiking in Finland Advent Calendar

For kids the time before Christmas is exciting. You sent in your wish list of presents to your parents Santa, in the hope that he hasn't observed you those times when you were nasty to your siblings and/ or mom & dad and only checked in on you when you were showing your best side. The waiting time till the 24th was made easier with advent calendars. As I was a kid, those contained small chocolates. Some things change (We got our son a fabulous LEGO Star Wars Advent calendar! It is for him, I promise =), and while I still have a calendar full of small chocolates today, I thought it would be fun to do something special for you - the amazing readers which make Hiking in Finland such an interesting place to be, which keep me motivated to write, film, and photograph and share my adventures.

As I have good connections to manufacturers, distributors and shops selling lightweight backpacking, climbing and biking gear, what better thing as using those connections to create the ultimate UL Backpackers/ Climbers/ Cyclists Advent Calendar? Exactly! So I set out, invested a bunch of my time to get companies and shops on board, and it is with much satisfaction that I present you

The Hiking in Finland Advent Calendar

Over the next 24 days you will be able to win each day a piece of kit. From pullovers over backpacks to climbing gear, each day one post with a sweet piece of kit goes online, and will be raffled off to a lucky Hiking in Finland reader. There will be some rules and tasks, though:

1. You only can win once. This adds a bit of a gamble to the whole calendar, and makes you take risks with when & where you post your comment. Of course if you don't win one day, you still can try your luck the next day!
2. Generally you only need to comment to participate, but on some occasions there might be additional stuff you need to do to qualify.
3. It is open to everyone. As in from Afghanistan to Zambia, I send prices everywhere. And as I pay the postage out of my pocket, don't expect priority & signed shipping for huge items.
4. If you win, and I don't hear from you by the next day via Email, you lose and it goes to the second in line.
5. Posts go online in the morning at six, and entering closes at noon 3 pm (or 15 o'clock for those who count the hours like me) - Finnish time. I then will annex the post with the winner (+ 2nd and 3rd places) to keep updates to a minimum.
6. You can't bribe me or anyone involved to win. You use the item(s) on your own responsibility. Use common sense.

That's it, really. The Advent Calendar starts on Thursday, the 1st of December. Become a Follower, subscribe to the RSS feed, follow on Facebook, Google Plus or Twitter to stay up-to-date and don't miss it!

Edit 01.12.2011:

Starting from the 2nd December the time to enter your comment will be 6 am to 3 pm (15 o'clock) FINNISH TIME. I won't consider late comments, sorry.

Disclaimer: All gear is sponsored. I pay all the shipping out of my own pocket. I am super-busy with work and family commitments, so relax if a post goes up a tad late or I don't reply an email asap.