Hiking in Finland

Climbing, bikepacking, skiing & packrafting in the north

Monatauk Gnat Passaround

Sorry, it took me a while to choose the testers for the Monatauk Gnat Passaround. Life sometimes is like that, though as you surely know, good things come to those that wait.

The five testers will be:

- Tobias Nurmiranta
- Len the Harmonicaman
- Roman Dial
- hrXXL
- GForce

Please contact me via Email (on the right under the creative commons note) and give me your complete address, then I will pack the Gnat and make it ready for its trip around the world =) Thanks to all other participants, the next Passaround should come along during next week.

Scandinavian UL Mystery Box

Two weeks ago I went to pick a package from the post office, and I wasn't sure what it could be. Well, turns out it was the Scandinavian UL Mystery Box which was waiting for me! The Mystery Box started in Norway, went to Denmark and came via a small detour to a honorary Scandinavian to Finland.

I took out some Paracord, a resealable tube - excellent for pesto or tomato sauce, I think - two mini dropper bottles so I can scale down my Hygiene kit even more, two silicon muffin cups for some Groovy-Biotoc Muffins and a couple of MYOG bits for future projects.

But we - Thomas, Joe, Roger, Dave and me - would like to enlarge the group of participants, and want ask all those who are on the way of lighting up to join us. Participation is very simple, and I will just quote Joe here:

Have you been in your 'bits box' recently? Are all those little bits'n'bobs, doodads, thingummys and what-nots still in there? Perfectly serviceable but lying dormant and unused? Well, lets share these 'bits' with like-minded folk by adding them to the Scandinavian Mystery Box. When the Mystery Box arrives at your house simply have a rummage, take out what you want, put something in and send it on to the next person. We'll keep this in Scandinavia for now. Lets keep things pertinent and lightweight. This is not the place to get rid of that 6lb tent and unused Trangia!

I'd like thus to send out a call to all Finnish lightweight and UL folks - be you just starting out or if you're already since years with minimal gear on the trail, everyone is welcome. Just send me an Email with your Address (it is on the right under the Creative Commons note), and I'll add you to the list the next time it arrives here. Swedes, Danish and Norwegians (and Icelanders, should there be any reading here!) also are welcome to send me an Email if they would like to participate, I will then add them to the list as well. Your address will be private at all time, and only used for sending you the Mystery Box. I'm looking forward to many emails, and let me tell you - there were some very nice pieces in the Mystery Box, so it is well worth to participate!

The Week in Review

This week saw special attention paid towards the women here on Hiking in Finland with the "Women in the Outdoors" week. It started with an interview of Kim Coupounas from GoLite, a look at the Patagonia W's Nano Puff Pullover and the Golite Cottonwood Racerback top & Madrone Frontcountry pants, and a trip report of the Pieni Karhunkierros.

Another big news was the announcement of the Scandinavian UL Bloggers Meet-up, which will bring six bloggers from the north together for a trip in Vålådalen, Sweden. Geartalk, pristine wilderness and creating friendships will be a superb experience which I am very much looking forward to.

The most EPIC trip which I read about this week was The Southern Spiral trip, which took four friends 33 Days across Wrangell-St. Elias NP in Alaska. The photography is sublime and short captions are all you need to read. Did I already mention how awesome the photos are? Makes any of my trips look like a Kindergarden excursion. Go read it, you won't be disappointed.

Thomas from Going Lighter went hammock testing and enjoyed the beauty of spring in Norway.

Cedar & Sand was on the brink with his trusty mountain bike, and brought back the most beautiful photos of the canyons in Utah.

terrybnd is back from his Coast to Coast walk and already posted a few nice panoramas before he starts his write-up of the trip.

Roger was on a Sunday trip to visit the Säveån stream and brought back some very pretty photos of the Swedish spring.

Joe on the other hand ditched UL backpacking and went UltraHeavy Glamping with huge tents, BBQ and angling gear - but he had fun and made muffins, so that is all that counts!

The Weekend Hiker went out and tackled the Karkaghne section of the Ozark Trail, expect pretty photos and the tale of an epic battle of man vs. mountain.

Mark from Backpacking North started a blog and his first trip report is about the Sioux Hustler Trail in Minnesota - beautiful photos and a good story. And welcome to the Outdoor bloggers, Mark!

In the gear department, which is very short this week, Peter did (finally!) review the Rab Cirrus Pull-On, with 76 g in a Size L it is a unbelievable light windshirt.

Over on the Patagonia blog we have a very extensive review of winter gear which was used while skiing the Tahoe Rim Trail - good for those who want to make changes to their winter setup and look fir inspiration.

And in other news, Londonbackpacker was in Panic as he was wondering how to fit all his gear and food for the TGO into his GoLite Pinnacle - check his blog to see if he succeeded.

Fraser continues to tell what he has learned about photography so far and besides some eye candy he gives some more nerdy details on how to manipulate photos.

And Nick from Skills for Wild Lives asks "What is your favourite way to light a fire?" and gives us a good description of the methods which he likes.

That's it for this week, I hope you're able to enjoy the spring and got out for a trip!