Hiking in Finland

Climbing, bikepacking, skiing & packrafting in the north

Back From Vålådalen

We arrived save and sound back home. It was an epic trip, and the reports will follow during the following weeks - keep your eyes on the blogs of Roger, Gustav, Jörgen & Martin and Joe. Until my trip report of "The UL Fellowship" will come, I leave you with this impression of the Fellowship crossing into the lands of Morder, ähm, the Swedish Fjell.

The Week in Review

After the drama with the plane which didn't go I managed to get to Sweden after all. But as I will depart right away to Oslo you'll need to wait for a write-up from me for a while, and that while you can fill in by reading the underneath trip reports and gear reviews!

Caro & Tomie went to climb the Benediktenwand and brought back beautiful photos and a good report from the Alps.

Chris went to climb the Spear in Japan, together with the Other Englishman, and besides monkeys and Chinese expect stunning photos and a tale of friendship.

Q concluded his trip report from his rainy tour in Corsica, and it does look like it could very well be a place for a great tour. Also have a look at his gear review.

Thomas went on a 24 trip with his friend to Haukåsen and besides an short downpour the had plenty of sunshine and excellent hammocking & tent camping!

Roger walked part of the Blekingeleden, to be exact from Ronneby to Åkeholm, and it looks like spring there =)

Slightly further away Benco went on a winter trip up Mt. Donald, with fantastic views over the ocean and the Falkland Island hills.

Roger from Trinisla went on a weekend walk along the Bjäre, and my is it beautiful in Sweden!

Dondo went on a 24 trip to the Shafthouse and brings back spectacular photos of him rolling boulders through the wilderness.

Eugene went on a trip to Gila West and was seeking enchantment in the land of the Mogollon. It looks like he succeeded, beautiful photos of what sounds like an awesome trip.

Finally, Sam Haraldson gave an account of the BPL Wilderness Trekking School trip he did last week, and everything from snow to sun came along.

In the gear review department, Joe reviewed the Trekmates Amphibian Gore-Tex socks which I also like a lot. They're now on offer in case you're looking for a pair!

Martin from Fjäderlätt has a look at the Six Moon Designs Haven, a two person tent which weighs under one kilo!

And finally, Peter writes an another entry into his gear diary, which are always worth to read.

If you want to be able to go without a lighter or matches into the outdoors, and feel that flint or firesteel are still too modern, give the Bow Drill method of fire lighting a try and check Sticks65 Bushcraft guide before you go out.

And in case you wonder if we (the UL community) are alone with our thoughts, it seems that even the US American outdoor store REI is starting to think about it, as their UL primer shows.

And should you decide to go UL mountaineering, make sure you know what to take into account before calling mountain rescue, as James told us.


Tomorrow at 11.20 I should have been sitting on a plane to Stockholm, Sweden, to meet fellow Scandinavian UL bloggers and go for a backpacking trip with them. I checked-in online today in the afternoon, chose my seat, printed the ticket, started packing and checked the bus timetable to the airport for the morning. All looked fine, until about two hours ago as I got a text from Blue1 which told me that my flight is cancelled.

After 25 minutes on the phone I finally managed to speak to someone, who told me that Golden Air's pilots are on strike and that thus the flight got cancelled. I was able to reschedule to a flight in the afternoon at 1525, but as the pilots are likely to be on strike till Friday according to the website, it is not looking good. Golden Air operates all flights for Blue1 & SAS between Sweden and Finland, in case you're wondering.

I still have the chance of flying with Finnair, who seem to be not on strike. I will need to make the decision tomorrow morning, when I know if my flight goes or not. Until then, I will stay optimistic and hope for the best - it would suck if the SBM would take place and I wouldn't be there. Keep your thumbs up that all goes well =)

UPDATE: It seems like Blue1 hired Danish Air Transport to fly the 1525 flight, and after confirmation via phone it seems to be on schedule and will fly! So I will get to Stockholm - not just hoping that now Tornado or similar ruins it =)