At first glance, the Summit Superlite Bivi looks more like a tent than a bivy. So why do they call it a bivy? It has something to do with US laws. More on that later.
The Rab Summit Superlite Bivi is made of the very breathable eVENT fabric. This is the same material used for waterproof and breathable raincoats.
The advantage of the eVENT fabric is its very light, single-wall structure for an almost... [Read more]
The Soul Bivy Side Zip eVent Bivy by Mountain Laurel Designs can be used directly in the open air without a tarp or tent thanks to the waterproof eVent outer.
I use the Soul Bivy Side Zip in the mountains as well where a tarp or tent can be very hard to set up because there are sometimes no suitable spaces for a tarp. It’s quite an experience to sleep out in the open with the bivy. Ultralight hiking... [Read more]
The Patagonia Down Sweater is an ultra-light down jacket. What I really like about the jacket is the very water repellent and wind proof material. The very densely woven synthetic fabric of the Patagonia Down Sweater with an additional Deluge DWR (Durable Water Repellent) finish keeps you dry in virtually any rain. According to the manufacturer, the finish is just as water repellent after many years.
The... [Read more]
The Harz mountains have over 1.60 m of snow in the higher altitudes. So there will be another snowshoe tour before the end of winter.
This tour will start in Schierke in the eastern Harz and proceed over the Hohneklippen and the Pferdekopf to the Kapellenklippe. The return route is along the Glashüttenweg to Schierke.
The current snow conditions are varied. In the lower regions (the Schierke train... [Read more]
At 77 g (2.7 oz.), the Backpacking Light Hane Tenkara is the lightest and most compact fly fishing rod. The Hane rod was developed especially for ultralight backpackers. In addition to the additional fun on trekking tours, the rod can also significantly reduce the weight of provisions you need.
The Backpacking Light Hane Tenkara was developed by Ryan Jordan, the founder of BackpackingLight.com. The... [Read more]
I have long sought a light glove and waterproof shell combination which does not let me down even when temperatures reach -10 degrees centigrade. I have now found just such a combination which weighs a total of only 63 grams!
1. PossumDown gloves
These gloves offer an unbelievable weight/warmth ratio. A pair in size L weighs only 38 grams and keeps the hands considerably warmer than any other glove... [Read more]
The SnowClaw is an ultralight snow shovel that does not weigh much or take up space in your backpack. At 164 g and 4 mm thick, you hardly notice the SnowClaw in your pack.
The SnowClaw is ideal for winter tours where a larger shovel is often not needed. It is ideal for the central uplands or Harz Mountains. For a long time, I never took a snow shovel with me because the larger ones were always too... [Read more]
The down quilts made by Nunatak USA are not yet well known in Germany. But these elegant quilt products are now sold all over the world. Sales are made only directly via the Nunatak USA website.
The down quilts are expensive, but they are worth the price. Generally, customers do not just purchase one down quilt. Some ultralight hikers have 2 to 3 Nunatak ultralight down quilts for various areas and... [Read more]
The SPOT Satellite Personal Tracker is the first satellite messenger that enables message communication via satellite. In addition, the SPOT Satellite Personal Tracker can be used to determine location. Communication via satellite means SPOT can be used all over the world independently of cellular phone networks.
I was able to test the SPOT thoroughly on my latest Sweden tour.
After unpacking the... [Read more]
The Fjällräven CLASSIC 2009 was held again this August in northern Sweden. Its 110 km go north of the Arctic Circle from Nikkaluokta to Abisko on a segment of the Kungsleden route through Sweden’s beautiful mountainous landscape.
I took part in the trekking race for the first time and successfully reached the finish line after 2 days (48 hours and 51 minutes = 55 km/day) for a gold medal.
The... [Read more]