Hiking in Finland

Climbing, bikepacking, skiing & packrafting in the north

The Week in Review

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Here's a smart way to dry your Platypus and other water bottles.

Allison went back east to visit her parents.

Some superb photos from Buachaille Etive Mor.

Mark's review of his three years in the USA - The End of America - was my favourite read this week. I obviously also am very happy to soon go hiking with him in Finland!

Rick continues to do lovely hikes around Japan. His hike up Mt Yufu has some nice photos.

Brian makes a better MYOG Esbit Stove.

The Zion Narrows in autumn, lemme tell ya: Gorgeous.

Chris explains why you wanna be hanging in a hammock in the tropics. Which reminds me that I need to leave Finland in November next year.

A meeting got canceled so Chris decided to spent the day on the Cairngorm Plateau.

Into Art? New Mexico? Then check out these David Fowler paintings.

Talking about hiking & backpacking dogs, Hana from Japan is definitely my favourite. She ain't afraid of heights and her owner knows how to take a good photo. Check it out!

Fraser also knows how to take a good photo or two (or more). And he has a lovely new bike - it's orange, what's not to love about it?! He took it out on an overnighter in the Cairngorms, and even shot a timelapse. What are you doing here still - go read it!

Simon reviews the Mountain Equipment Firefox. And while Firefox is a rubbish browser (which has been updated three times already by the time you read this) this jacket is tempting Simon.

Nick ticked three Munros of his list, saw a cloud inversion, and had an all around cracking day on Ben Lawers.

On the other side of Scotland, Holly went camping. A recommended read.

Ryan and Yvonne had an Adventure in Daylight Savings.

OWDBUM had a bit of an aimless wandering around.

Fils has a living Review of the POE Peak Elite AC up on his site. Trés bien!

Linda visited the Wahkeena Trail, and it does look stunning with those great autumn colours and waterfalls.

David was in Sandwood Bay. Which is the best beach in the UK. And it is not very accessible to the masses. Result: A pristine beach landscape, portrayed in gorgeous photos. Recommended Read.

Greg took Winston for a walk. Amusingly written as always.

If England in autumn colours is more your cup of tea, then Alan has you covered as he walked the Oldham Way.

James did the Ben and the Buachaille in nine hours.

Why you should leave no trace behind in the outdoors is well illustrated in this post from David.

Martin shares his insights into reducing pack weight.

James and his Bothy vagabonds mates continue to hike through the autumn hills and moors of Scotland.

Joe is in Peru. With his Pugsley. Bikepacking Portachuelo Honda = Must Read.

Ollie shares his and Anthony's Snowdonia experiences.

Then there were some who spent Father's Day yesterday lazyily on the West Coast of Finland, Outdoors.

Tale of the Blue Kilt. Hammock folks will approve. Gear folks, too.

The Week in Review

I hate November in Finland. It is by far the most miserable and grey month, and I decided that this will be the last November I will have spent in Finland. Next year I will swap this grey misery of fog and no sunshine to a month at the beach or mountains or rainforest or all of the aforementioned, somewhere in the south where the sun shines and the sky is blue. There shall be possibilities for hiking, climbing and biking as well, besides lounging at the beach. After some time googling for ecological holiday homes and only finding rubbish a friend recommended me Airbnb. I had a look at the site, checked available accommodations at our preferred destinations, and it definitely looks like the way to go. So if you're equally fed up with grey, foggy, depressive, snowless Novembers in you neck of the world, check out Airbnb.

Darren lives in Australia. Australia is totally a country where I could picture myself living. Their Novembers are not grey & depressive. Not at all, as Darren shows on his packrafting the shoalhaven river trip.

John is walking the GR7 at the moment, and it took him to Murcia last week. The sun shines also in Spain.

Nick welcomes back Greenwich Mean Time on Scolty Hill.

The 2012 Ultralight Backpackers Summit will be held in Slovenia, as decided by the majority of people who voted - Awesome =) Now lets find a date which suits most of us. Please go and choose your preferred date in the Doodle calendar before the hobbits, dwarfs and elves behind this continue planning!

David's mate took some fine photo on the HRP.

Dave discusses In Or Out?

Jack shows us a free, UL wood stove.

Alan had a wet walk on Greendale Tarn. Quite nice photos of a soggy hike.

John had a bit more luck with the weather on his hike around Troutbeck and Gowbarrow.

Cole continues to produce fine photos of his trips, and his latest Lassen National Park trip report is no exception.

You see, I would like November in Finland slightly better if there would not be the retarded day light saving BS-thing, and instead of greyness I could do with snow. Snow like Ryan had it on his Snowy Stratton daytrip.

James shares some thoughts on soloing.

Kinpu continues to post superb MYOG articles. His latest article shows how he made a backpack prototype out of tyvek - which has the advantage of being easy to work with and cheap. Inspiring!

Linda spent a weekend in Bend.

I interview Sean of OookWorks, the UK's only cottage manufacturer, and a great guy.

Karl shares some history of Iron Mountain.

Beth shares the gorgeous view of autumn forests in Appalachia.

Thinking about walking John O'Groats to Land's End? Read Christine's Conclusion of her JOGLE and you might reconsider it. Or possibly she should have read Mike's Successful Long Distance Path Walking article beforehand.

Ken is currently in Turkey. Turkey is the beautiful country between the Mediterranean and Black Sea. It also has beautiful Novembers. Ken's account of his hikes around the country are well worth your time, and his Ephesus account will delight the history and archeology fans among you.

If you like grey and soggy weather, I reckon you will love Scotland. James seems to like Scotland, and Bothys. I wonder if he was disappointed by the sun and blue sky, which occasionally seemed to come through.

If you like racing, backpacking, and a combination of both, check out the inaugural Bob Marshall Wilderness Open which Dave is putting together.

A MTB park video. From this Mike guy, which takes awesome photos and makes sweet 29" wheels.

Markus not only makes gorgeous knifes - you should see my new UL blade - but also likes to go high and far. His Trettachspitze and Höfatsüberschreitung photos and report are well worth seeing and reading.

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The Week in Review

Daylight savings, I hate thee.

I'm getting a GoPro HD HERO2 and am so full of happy anticipation that I couldn't wait till it arrival to tell you all about it.

Patagonian Dreams is a blog I was made aware of last week, and think it is something the lot of you gals and guys will enjoy. Steve and his wife Katrijn have been around quite a bit - Greenland, Patagonia, Scandinavia, Andes, Alaska and Pakistan, all lightweight, and their blog shares their adventures. Check it out, there's some gorgeous photos there, and some useful tips.

This Ben Collins fellow also knows something about taking photos. So when he ventures into the Bernese Oberland mountains of the Swiss Alps for some mountaineering, then we do well to sit back with a cup of tea to enjoy his work - even if his best laid plans go to waste.

Tom has sorted out the Most Extreme Hiking Tale and needs you to vote for a winner.

Dennis illuminates us about downjackets, their advantages and disadvantages, and what you should look at when you buy one.

Terry shares his secrets on how to catch cloud inversions.

Fraser took a pretty sweet photo of the night sky.

Toni also has some fine photos to show off in his Fall Review.

Royall Wulff, his mate and their sons had a banner day in Colorado. Recommended read!


Mark shares his thoughts on the Terra Nova Laser 20L pack with us. He tried it on a few walks, like his Stanage Edge and Bamford Moor one.

Jaakko on the other hand is in love, with his La Sportiva Wild Cats. His Long-Term Report is the love letter he wrote for them.

Hariyama Productions from Japan presents their latest cuben backpack creation, the BP005. I like the way to attach the pad in the back, good (small but useful) innovation.

This Cross-Scotland Kayak Adventure series has some fine photos.

Ross is confused about Bushcraft.

Jake was for less than 96 hours in the Bob Marshall wilderness, but had fun nevertheless.

How about some Canyons, Waterfalls and Sand Dunes?

Ellen was hiking for a weekend in Evans Notch, and autumn colours reigned supreme.

Errin was bikepacking on Catalina Island.

If you need some sun, red rocks, adventures and mountain bikes, then Greg has you covered.


Martin's Used and abused from Aviemore to Blair Atholl will enlighten you about some gear.

How about an 11 g MYOG Moskito Headnet?

Chris Townsend also has a very exhaustive and in-depth gear report on his site, which is well worth checking out.

Mark continues his Ultralight Makeover Redux series with Part 5 - Start Cooking Light.