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Climbing, bikepacking, skiing & packrafting in the north

Everyday & Hiking Essentials

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Today I want to reach out to all readers, and be a nosy bastard about what are your essential items carried when you're out backpacking, and when you're in the city! The idea came to me when I was reading a German Photography blog, and I thought it would be interesting to do something similar for the readers of Hiking in Finland. Lemme show you:

Essential outdoor items carried when hiking
My UL essentials when backpacking.

My essentials, which I nearly always carry on me, are my knife in its sheath with a Light My Fire firesteel attached to it, a small compass with thermometer, and my kuksa. These allow me, should I in some miraculous way lose my backpack with all my belongings, to navigate, make a fire, drink water and build a shelter and backpack frame and rope, etc. I carry the knife usually in a cargo pocket of my pants, and clip the kuksa and compass with the carabiner to a belt loop. In that way they're always close and ready when I need them. To be honest, I also often still carry the phone and wallet + keys in a pocket - I learned this lesson the hard way once, as I lost the latter ones in a bus accident. They're useful when you get back into civilization, I hear ;)

Compare that to the stuff I carry when I am in the city:

Essential everyday items carried when working in the park

Yeps, a whole lot more - somehow all that modern stuff in civilization adds up! Wallet, keys, money, and phone go into the pockets of my pants, sunglasses on my head, and the rest packs into the Sacoche bag from Locus Gear. It gives me that incredible outdoor UL nerd look, when I walk with my Spinnaker man-bag through the park! With the good weather we have, I often venture into the nearby park with the iPad, notebook and book to work. Thanks to free tethering of iPhone to iPad I can also browse the net then, which is useful. I find when I sit in the park, in the shadow of a birch with a light breeze going, that I get completely other ideas when sitting inside. It is fantastic for creativity and getting another perspective. Try it!

Notebook and book are there for me to plot down ideas, draw, read and get new, fresh ideas. I belong to the group of people who remember and learn best by writing the read stuff down, so if I go through a good book (like REWORK above) I want to have a pen & paper at hand to write down the ideas which I get while reading, and how I could apply them. I could use the iPad, but writing with a digital keyboard just is not the same as writing with old-fashioned pen and paper.

So, that are my Everyday & Hiking Essentials - now I want to know yours! Snap a photo of your hiking & everyday essential, and either write a own blogpost about it and post the link into the comments, or post the link to the photo & description in the comments. In the end we will have an interesting collection of what people carry from all over the world when out hiking and in civilization!

Psyche II Raffle

Psyche II is a climbing movie, made by Alastair Lee / Posing Productions in the UK. If the names Leo Houlding, Jason Pickles, El Capitan and Yosemite are familiar to you, then lemme tell ya, you gonna enjoy this movie - a lot. How about a little teaser:



Looking sweet, doesn't it? In case you don't take my word for it, take that of some who definitely know: The Kendal Mountain Film Fest gave it its Grand Prize Winner and Best Climbing Film Awards, which is only the top of a whole bunch of other awards. But as you're reading here, I reckon you're also slightly interested in what I think of it. Well, as a hobby climber this was a very inspiring movie to watch. It actually had me very psyched to go climbing and bouldering with my mates, which is a good measure on how good a movie is, me thinks. If it motivates you to go out and do what's shown, then that is pretty damn good in my book. If you follow me since a while you know that I love the scenery and wilderness in the USA. I think the country has such a vast amount of impressive wilderness beauty to offer, that every time I read about the adventures of my digital friends I get all excited and wanna go there. Anyway, I digress.

Yosemite NP is on my must visit list, and it is a prime destination for climbers and backpackers alike. The Prophet gives spectacular views of this beauty, together with a first ascent of an impressive wall. The quality is crisp & sharp and the filming offers nice perspectives, with a good mix of music and humour which make the about 45 minutes pass quickly. But that ain't all there is to see on the DVD. Hollow Caves, Bleed in Hell, Oceans of Fear, Dusk till Dawn as well as the 20 minute Extras are equally impressive, with the Hollow Caves section being my second favourite of the DVD. How about a complete trailer to give you an idea:



So, Posing Productions was kind enough to provide me one DVD for a lucky reader. You're gonna be able to enjoy this climbing movie spectacle from the comfort of your home, and all you gotta do is

1. Leave a comment and tell me what's you're dream mountain climb
2. and Like Posing Productions on Facebook if you're so inclined to get an extra chance in winning!

The competition is open till Friday noon (that's 29.07.2011, 12:00 o'clock for those who need it more precise). By consulting with the gods of climbing I shall determine a lucky winner. If you don't believe in luck, the gods of climbing, or can't just wait to see it, then Posing Productions has it all figured out for you: You can rent and HD download the movie from their website. Which means you already could watch it tonight.

But patience you have, haven't you, young UL Jedi?

The Week in Review

With an increased audience comes more responsibility.



Luc Mehl won the 2011 Alaska Summer Wilderness Classic. He also shot the above video and snapped some superb photos, and wrote about the experience. Highly recommended.

Roger details the first nine days of his summer hike, from Kvikkjokk to Vajsaluokta.

Janek hiked 1070 km through Germany, Austria, Italy, Lichtenstein, Switzerland and France. In five weeks. With one rest day.

creep from Japan hiked the Hodaka Mountains in the Japanese Alps with some very fine views and very light gear.

Errin posted his 2011 Tour Divide - Day Seven - The End which you're well advised to read.

John and Kelley returned to Little Long Pond and photographed some beautiful flowers.

Maz is In the Vale of Ghosts.

John's MYOG Camera Case Doubles as a Shoulder Pouch is really awesome.

Constantin gives three basic tips for training with a fingerboard.

Perkunas needs to give away his Fjällräven Classic ticket - do you need one? Then drop him a comment!

Basti's wife brings female power into the male dominated gear reviews - thumbs up! Check out the Marmot Cristaline Jacket Review she wrote - the male readers might consider to get one for their significant others ;)

Dave thought he was setting the example. While it really was his son.



Craig. East Fork Solo.

Cedar & Sand. Death Hollow - Day III.

Alan. Thunder in the night.

Stephanie and Dustin. Life Above 10,000 Feet.

Tom. Sweating the details of summer hiking.

Yeti. Toreskyrkja backpacking overnighter.

Jack. Ultralight Bicycle Touring Banjo.

Paul. Deluge On The Far Eastern Fells.

Chad. First Look: Grand Trunk Ultralight Travel Hammock System.

Matt. Tarbet to Inverie via Meall Buidhe.

Chris. Inov-8 F-lite 230 Review.

Panafoot. The Heat Is On!

Mark. Sort of packrafting.

Other Mark. Ultralight Makeover: Redux Pt. 1.

Baz. Rab Vapour Rise Smock Review.

Brian. Hydropel vs. BodyGlide Liquified Powder.

Jeff. Hiking Ice House Canyon to Timber Mountain via Ice House Canyon Trail – Chapman Trail.

Matt. The Hidden Jewels of Appalachia.



Finally, there was more awesome support from various bloggers for ULAZ, for which I am very thankful.

Tommy who does lightweight kayaking blogged about it in Danish.
John also know as the Shed Dweller, MYOGer extraordinaire asks for your support!
Martin from Summit and Valley, responsible for me starting to blog wants you to back it =)
Joslyn from UL or Bust speaks out her congratulations - thank you!

With the minimum goal being reached, I am now hoping to gain even more support to dedicate the maximum amount of time to the project. There's a lot of interesting stuff coming so I hope to convert some of the regular readers to backers - and be it just a dollar for your guilty-free enjoyment of the series (which is gonne be up for free on Vimeo & Youtube)! If you haven't yet - back Ultralight A-Z and tell your friends and hiking buddies about it - you only have six days left, though. And know this: It's cool to be a venture capitalist =)