Hiking in Finland

Climbing, bikepacking, skiing & packrafting in the north

Video: Bushcooker LT II in the Snow, Take 2

After my last video of the Bushcooker LT II, just before the turn of the year, I received a phone call from the USA. I picked up and was surprised to have Don Kevilus from Four Dog Stoves on the phone. He said he saw my video of the Bushcooker, thanked me for the honest review, and then told me a few interesting information about the Bushcooker. Click play and have a look.

As said in the video, I didn't even think of combining one fuel type with the other. It shows how limited one's (my) thinking can be sometimes, it seems rather obvious and smart. I now dried some wood close to my body, in a small stuff sack, to get it more dry and start the fire. Together with the Esbit tablet this was easy as pie and I am very happy with the result.

I'll now work more on my fire making skills, and a comparison post of my three wood burning stoves will follow in the future. Regarding skills, it shows that the knowledge you have is more worth than the best equipment, and so I am happy that I have some books sitting on my desk which will give me that knowledge. Then I just need to go out and practice, because without practice the best knowledge doesn't help. Gear does only bring you this far, and while UL has a lot to do with lighter gear it seems that sometimes we forget about the skills that should come by going lighter.

If you'd like to get a Bushcooker stove, check out Riheda Outdoor if you live in Scandinavia or Four Dog Stove for the rest of the world.

Live From the Trail: TUFWT 1.0

Sitting in a warm, beautiful old cottage while my new-won friends are outside ice fishing and snowshoeing. We had a wonderful time hiking, and had temperatures of -4 C till -17 C. Now we enjoy the luxuries of a cottage with a stove and a sauna which we heat up every evening, with a dip in the ice hole as it is tradition in Finland. A full report next weekend, as we have a few more days in this peaceful, perfect spot.

The inside of the cottage, with view on the frozen lake.

The Teerilami cottage.

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4 Days, 3 Nights: A WIP Packing List and a Photo to Make You Jealous

Time is running so fast. A few months ago the fellow UL backpackers over on ther German trekking-ultraleicht.de forum where wondering where to go for their inaugural winter tour. I threw Finland into the round, the people rejoiced and so I was busy over the last months arranging for the six Germans and one Austrian to come here, and spend a week of backpacking & sauna in Finland.

Along with the people will be a wide variety of different gear. LAUFBURSCHE, the upcoming SUL cottage from Germany is coming to showcase the latest developments in the shelter, bivy and backpack field, and test it in the cold weather of the Finnish winter. Along he will bring me a wonderful, black SUL backpack. A few fellow outdoor bloggers, Q, RioLeichtsinn and Sabine will also come along, as well as Knilch and nature-base. Its going to be a wonderful experience, I am very sure.

Preliminary packing list. Not really UL, but far from being heavy...

Our plan is to spend four days, three night snowshoeing around 60 km to the Teerilampi cottage, which we rented for three nights. From there we will make day trips to the nearby Seitseminen National Park and enjoy a hot sauna and a dip in the ice hole, before we head back to Tampere next week Friday.

Teerilampi Sauna & cottage. No electricity, no running water, but a sauna and an icehole. That's how we roll here in Finland. ©Villipohjola

My packing list. Its work in progress, as I haven't yet settled on a shelter. I also haven't yet sewn my VBL. And I am not sure if I will take my new bivy which I get from Q. I haven't yet purchased all the food and drink. Haven't yet copied the part of the map I need. No second battery for the heavy camera. So come Friday, I hope that I can post the final packing list before I disappear for a week. But do not despair, updates will come along, as with the power of the iPhone mobile blogging shenanigans could occur, making you smile with photos and the latest information on our adventure! Also normal posts will go up, so if you aren't yet subscribing to the RSS feed or are a Follower, its time you click on the button to the right!