Hiking in Finland

Climbing, bikepacking, skiing & packrafting in the north

Scandinavian UL Bloggers Meet-up

I'm late to the party, so this might be old news for some. Nevertheless, the inaugural Scandinavian UL Bloggers Meet-up is less than two weeks away, so it is time to let the cat out of the bag, as we say in German.

The last weekend of May will see six UL bloggers hiking together in Vålådalen, Sweden. Those six individuals are

- Jörgen and Martin from Fjäderlätt (their announcement), representing Sweden
- Roger from Nielsen Brown Outdoors representing Denmark
- Joe from Thunder In the Night (his announcement) hailing from Norway
- Gustav from The Bearable Lightness (his announcement) from Sweden
- and yours truly, representing Finland

This event has been in the making since autumn last year, and I believe it will be a superb gathering of ultralight enthusiasts and forerunners of the UL philosophy in Scandinavia. It is going to be wild with all the Gear Talk which will take place, learning skills while watching others over the shoulder, techniques will be discussed and compared, and a jolly good time will be had, I am sure. Mostly I look forward to meet the other five, learn from them about UL and life (I'm the youngest one =) and build friendships. I am certain that everyone has much knowledge in some area to show the others, be it how to use a wood burning stove in the fjell or what makes a warm yet light winter setup.

As a special treat, here is a link to our pack lists. As usual, many last minute orders are being made, so much is still work in progress, but it should be interesting nevertheless - who will be the lightest?

Pieni Karhunkierros Trip Report

In April we went on a trip to the north, and besides day trips in and around the village of Ruka we went to the Oulanka National Park. Underneath is a collection of photos from the visit to Kiutaköngäs falls and of our day trip on the 12 km long Pieni Karhunkierros.

Myllykoski cabin, on the Pieni Karhunkierros.

The beginning of Kiutaköngäs falls.

Apparently on Germans and Finns would go fishing here ("Fishing Forbidden" the sign says).

Hendrik at the falls.

And the end of the falls.

Bay at the end of the falls, where there's also a camping place.

Starting the Pieni Karhunkierros in Juuma.

Jyrävä rapids.

Day trip hut at Jyrävä.

Many hanging bridges on the trail make for fun experiences - or scary if you suffer from vertigo.

Snow was on the decline at some spots already.

View from Kallioportti, after an exhausting climb.

The high swamp area.

More rivers to cross.

It were two fun trips, and there was much beautiful nature to be seen. Winter is a beautiful time of the year, if you have enough food & tea as well as warm clothes!

Patagonia W's Nano Puff Pullover

The Patagonia W's Nano Puff Pullover is a very nice and light pullover. It is well-made, the material is comfortable on the skin and it is very warm.

I like that it packs very small, so it is easy to take on a trip and does not take a lot of space. The colour is nice, but maybe more subtle colours are better. It doesn't let any wind through and also in the light rain it kept me dry. I like that it is made of 100% recycled polyester, and once it is old it can be send back with the Patagonia Common Threads Recycling Programme and be recycled again.

The cuff of the arms are nice and fit tight around the wrists, but the general cut could be tighter - for a feminine cut I think it is very wide. Nevertheless, it sits fine and also the hem in the back does not rise when walking. The front pocket is good, one could store a map there, or a key & iPod when one goes for a walk in the city garden.

Because it is such a warm garment, the long front zipper is useful for ventilation when the temperatures are rising but the wind is chilly and one wants to keep the arms covered. All in all, it is a great garment which is perfect for winter activities or the summer evenings in Finland when the sun is gone and a breeze is going.