Hiking in Finland

Climbing, bikepacking, skiing & packrafting in the north

Snippet: Spot the Difference

In the market for a backpack? Making your own backpacks? Maybe you're even a cottage manufacturer? Lets see if you can spot the difference in those backpack designs.










We don't have square shoulders. Yet everyone is sewing their shoulder straps on at 90 degrees. This kind of configuration, and the resultant weight distribution, can cause unnecessary soreness, numbness, and even permanent nerve damage.
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The majority of my shoulder straps are sewn on at an angle. A comfortable angle. Two cottages and three major players get it right. Two cottages fail. But you only learn from failures, so now is a good time to learn how to properly attach shoulder straps.

The Week in Review

My readers rock.



The winner takes it all. In this case we do have three winners. Tendon swag winners, that is. Though first I'd like to thank all who participated, there were some very fine photos there, and it is sweet to know that there's a bunch of active climbers reading here - a big thank you goes out to all of you! All readers do well in checking out the photos and stories posted, I had a good few chuckles. Anyway. Who's gonna wear a cool shirt in the future?

- Daniel Sandström
- Tomas
- tryggve

Please contact me with your address so I can send you your shirt and stickers =)



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Tendon Swag Raffle

There shall be swag.



Tendon swag, to be concrete. Tendon, they make those very fine climbing ropes I wrote about last week, and they were kind enough to send me three T-Shirts to raffle off to my awesome readers. As you can see above, three cool shirts, Size M, in a pleasant lime colour with a print on the front and back, wait for a new owner. How do you get one?

--> Leave a comment with a photo or a link to a photo of you climbing*.

That's all. On Sunday I will consult with Reinhold Messner to discuss who should get the shirts. I send everywhere on this globe, as well to the International Space Station, so everyone may take part. It is of benefit if you're a Size Medium, by the way. I will also throw in some cool stickers to you can plaster your helmet, drinking bottle or bike.

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*Indoor, outdoor, bouldering, alpine, free solo, mountaineering are all accepted. Extra creative points for climbing on trees will be considered.