Hiking in Finland

Climbing, bikepacking, skiing & packrafting in the north

The Week in Review

A new week, a new Week In Review. Last week distinguished itself by me getting my papers from the Wilderness Guide school I have been doing in the last ten months, so now I can call myself a Wilderness Guide and take clients out into the beautiful Nordic forests and fjells!



News & Various:

Mike is Beach Bound with the Eric, Roman, Doom, and Dylan. Fat tire bikes, packrafts, wilderness.

Adam explains how to get climbing legs.

Go climb Mt. Whitney!

Kupilka swag up for grabs. For free.

Torjus lets us know how his forest garden project comes along and discloses some tips & tricks.

Manifesto of a solo mountaineer on One Hundred Mountains.

Chris lets us know the latest backpack design which Ryan has been working on, in conjunction with HMG, in his Monday Meditation post.

I wrote a review of the LAUFBURSCHE huckePACK for Backpacking Light.

The Pig-Monkey moved to Django.

Steven's Mapping (R)evolution post is a recommended read for all map and tech nerds.

Chad goes hiking for 4 days on the AT - with a 20 pound pack. Check his gear list =)

Maz takes a first look at his new La Sportiva Raptor Trail Runners.

Mike has a superb guide up on his blog how to make cheap & easy fire starters. Recommended read for all pyromaniacs.

Jim asks if you "Have No Time To Hike?"

Jill gives a book away.



Gearaholics confess:

Brian has a 17g 1-Micron Water Filter.

Chris shares his first impressions of the Jetboil Flash with us.

The Jolly Green Giant discloses his secret piece of gear with us.

Sheila moved away from boots and is now sporting a pair of Salomon Vega GTX shoes.

David is going to walk two months in the Pyrenees, and his Haute Gear List shows what he takes.

John sheds light on different Solid Fuel Tables.

Jack reviews the Power Grip Pedals.

Ross reviews the Brasslite Turbo II-D Alcohol Stove, a nice little stove.



Trip Reports:

Ben Collins is a photographer. His latest trip report, "Ancient citadels of the North West Highlands" is a highly recommended read, it is spectacular.

Weather & Time = Pen y Fan for Dave.

Other Dave, other country. Bikes, balancing, bear fur.

Jobiwan tried to traverse the Presidential Mountain Range.

Spring Course Loop via Mountain Bike.

Bison, bridges, snow banks, dark clouds, rock windows. Dondo's adventure.

Yosemite NP through the eyes of an ultralight backpacker from Germany.

Gavin traverses the Cairngorms from Aviemore to Blair Atholl via Mountain Bike.

Appalachian Trail. John. Liz. Four Day Challenge.

24h trips? Bollocks. Nick does it in 19 hours 22 minutes. Overnighters, that is. Time to take lovely photos he, too.

Sabine went packrafting on the Thaya and March rivers. Some spectacular wildlife shots (the young fox has to be my favourite) mean you should check this out.

Aaron was on another fine skiing, pedaling, climbing & hiking trip.

Greg is afloat. With a fat tire bike. And a dog.

Other Greg. Australia. Caves. Canyons. Karate.

John & Kelley on Sears Island.

The Denver Tenkara addicts went fishing together. Cool.

Mountain camps in Bosnia with beautiful sunsets and flowers.

Kupilka News & Raffle

It has been a loooong time since my Kupilka post, and a lot has happened in the Kupilka-verse. Time to let ya know what has happened and to celebrate, raffle off some fine Kupilka swag!


Some brand-spanking new Kupilka gear is up for grabs, including...

Well, Kupilka has expanded. Was it last October available from Finland, Germany and a few other countries, you now can get it from all around the world, and the company is expanding as you're reading this! I know there are a lot of readers from the USA, so you will be really happy to hear that you now can get it from US vendors! Also Japanese, Dutch and British readers will be delighted to hear that you can buy Kupilka at home, with your local currency and lower shipping costs than sending it from Finland! Quick links to countries which now have Kupilka locally + choose country; and some links to especially noteworthy ones:

USA: Backpacking Light
Japan: Moonlight Gear and Locus Gear (The Japanese certainly know how to make superb product photos!)
Sweden: Outnet
Spain: FerreHogar
South Africa: proVenture
United Kingdom: Lakeland Bushcraft

If you want a shop in your country to carry Kupilka gear, are a shop owner who wants to get it in your store or life in a country where Kupilka ain't available yet, please contact Michael at Kupilka to sort things out.


one Kupilka 21 kuksa, ...

Then Kupilka launched the Kupilka Companeros, an (Gossamer Gear-like) Ambassador kinda thing. Check it out and become an Ambassador for your country, free Kupilka goodies are waiting for you!

Finally, rumours have it that Kupilka is coming out with a new lightweight piece of awesomeness! Sadly the transmission was interrupted and I was not able to decipher the code, but I am confident that soon we will hear more about it. What could it be...?


one Kupilka 5 shot glass, ...

You did well, reading till here. Time to reward thee. With swag. Kupilka swag. Pick your item of choice, up for grabs are

- a Kupilka 5 shot glass
- a Kupilka 21 kuksa cup
- a Kupilka 44 plate & a Kupilka Cutlery Set


as well as a Kupilka 44 and a Kupilka Cutlery Set. Woohoo!

What you need to do? Start by liking Kupilka on Facebook - so you can stay up-to-date with the new gear coming, news and raffles like these. You also should follow Kupilka on Twitter for similar reasons, as well as quick responses to questions and interesting conversations. Not on Facebook or Twitter? No problem. It just gives you extra points in the raffle.

So, to participate in the raffle, leave a comment underneath, telling me

1. What you'd like to get (you only have one pick, choose wisely!)
2. What you'd eat or drink with your win
3. Did you follow Kupilka on Twitter and/ or liked them on Facebook? This gives you an extra point or two in the raffle.

The raffles runs till Sunday, the 26th of June, noon Finnish time. I then will use magic to determine the winners, and announce them in "The Week In Review" that day. As usually, it is open to everyone around the world, and as in the past, some little surprises might make it into the package to help you enjoy your new swag in style =)

I'm looking forward to read what you like to eat and drink, and wish thee a mighty fine weekend!

LAUFBURSCHE huckePACK Review

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The Moment you all have been waiting for. The review of the LAUFBURSCHE huckePACK, one of the hottest backpacks currently on the market. After plenty of trips and expeditions it is time to do a long-term review of this pack and see if it is indeed as great as all the fans say it is.



It is an Backpacking Light exclusive, though, amigos! That means it is only accessible for members of BPL. However: If you're not yet a member, then now is an excellent opportunity to sign up for a Annual Membership (or the Lifetime Membership if you wanna save some money in the long-run!). Also if your Membership is about to run out you can use this discount to save money. Please contact me via Email, DM me on Twitter or leave a comment to get the discount code, it will sweeten the deal - I assure you =)

And to read the LAUFBURSCHE huckePACK Review click the image or the link and you will get to know if this is indeed the One Rucksack To Rule Them All!