Hiking in Finland

Climbing, bikepacking, skiing & packrafting in the north

The Week in Review

Another week which just flew by. We were very lucky here in Finland, it has been sunny and above 20°C the whole of last week, sadly I spent the time inside working instead of outside backpacking. To make up for that there was plenty to read.

James from Backpackingbongos takes us on a snowy Southern Upland Way circuit and brings back the memories of winter to us.

Michael, who thru-hikes the PCT at the moment, finally received his Trailname. Also check out the video on the right about the perfect campsite.

The Bearded Git went wildcamping in the Northern Fells and besides dead sheep and leaning trees there was a acrobatic squirrel...

Steven reports life from the TGO Challenge and the problems (and beauty) he encountered - go cheer him up with a comment or tweet.

The Shed Dweller is another TGO Challenger who blogs life from the trail, thus for a different take on the Scottish Coast-to-Coast journey head over to his blog.

Q went to Corsica and brought back this trip report. Sunshine, blue skies, high mountains and the Hitchhikers Guide To the Galaxy make for a good trip report.

The Worthing Wanderer walked section 7 of the London Loop, a beautiful story of going for a day walk in one of the most busiest cities in the world. Deer, waterfowl and the signs of spring & summer are definitely making it very interesting.

Joe did a great review on the Optimus Crux Lite & Terra Solo Cook set, a highly recommended read.

Jonas now has his UL Pulka/ Toboggan ready and show's off some photos on his blog. 400 g is sweet and it is similar in nature to The Incredible Rulk from Jörgen.

Roger from Sweden took a first look at the Evernew Ti DX, probably the most sought after piece of equipment currently in the UL sphere, so go read his initial take on its performance with alcohol and wood.

Dave on the other hand compared three lightweight alcohol stoves and measured their full usage and burn times, thus if alcohol is your fuel of choice go have a look.

Benjamin did a review of his ZPacks Hexamid shelter, so if a new shelter is something you're looking for, check this out.

In other news, Ron from Walking Fort Bragg is reflecting on a spider net. Great photo and thoughts.

Dave, The Ultralighter, talks about the problems encountered by telling people about ultralight backpacking and how they'd love to try it, but can't do without any of the heavy stuff. Good read.

Finally, Jörgen from Fjäderlätt gives us some hints on how to use an umbrella but still keep your hands free - very useful for the growing number of umbrella users on the trail!

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!