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Fjällräven CLASSIC Live GPS Tracking

Fjällräven CLASSIC Live GPS Tracking

! LIVE GPS TRACKING WITH SPOT GPS ! - In just under a week, the Fjällräven CLASSIC will be starting in Sweden. Fjällräven CLASSIC is a trekking race with more than 1,000 participants from over 20 different countries. I will be there, ultralight again with a backpack weighing about 3,6 kg. We will be far north of the Arctic Circle on a 110 km section of the Kungsleden Route (total... [Read more]

MLD LiteSoul ultralight bivy

MLD LiteSoul ultralight bivy

Mountain Laurel Designs has a total of four bivys in its product range. The lightest of these is the MLD LiteSoul, which weighs in at 4.4 ounces (130 grams). The top fabric of the MLD LiteSoul is highly water resistant and breathable. The bottom fabric is in Spectralite .60 (cuben fibre), which is extremely light and water resistant. Although the Litesoul bivy features a mummy-style form, it is extremely... [Read more]

Corsica 6-day backpacking tour in the spring

Corsica 6-day backpacking tour in the spring

After a long period of preparation we were finally there – we were standing at the airport with ready-packed backpack. I was quite happy with my backpack weight of 4 kg plus 3 kg supplies. Unfortunately however, the journey from Hanover proved to be quite problematic. In Paris first of all there was a change of airport (which we just managed to make) and after the arrival of our airplane in Bastia,... [Read more]

Therm-a-Rest NeoAir first impression

Therm-a-Rest NeoAir first impression

The NeoAir mattress is another of this year’s innovative products from Therm-a-Rest. Its arrival on the market has been awaited with a considerable degree of anticipation in the ultralight scene, although date of delivery has been delayed in Germany and is now stated to be mid-May. The Therm-a-Rest NeoAir is the lightest air mattress in the world. It weighs only 254 grams/14 ounces (weighed), making... [Read more]

Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Dry Sacks

Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Dry Sacks

Sea to Summit now has Ultra-Sil Dry Sacks,  an ultra-light version of the Dry Sacks. Depending on size, they are more than 50% lighter than the popular Sea to Summit Dry Sacks. The Ultra-Sil Dry Sacks are made of silicone treated Cordura, one of the lightest and sturdiest water-proof nylon fabrics. The seams are double stitched and sealed. The Ultra Sil Dry Sacks are slightly transparent so you can... [Read more]

Spring hike through Corsica

Spring hike through Corsica

The date of our spring hike through Corsica is fast approaching. At the beginning of May we will head for Corsica for a week. The record snowfall this year is a bit of a problem. There hasn’t been so much snow on the island since 1979. We are planning to hike around Corte and cross the Breche de Capitello (approx. 2,300 meters). Because the snow is still almost 4 meters deep, we will avoid the highest... [Read more]

Therm-a-Rest Prolite FL vs. BMW Torsolite

Therm-a-Rest Prolite FL vs. BMW Torsolite

Therm-a-Rest has launched a number of new insulated mats this year, including the new  Prolite FL which is the successor to the Prolite 3. The Prolite FL featues a revised form and weight reduction of 20% compared to the Prolite 3. I conducted a comparison betwen the Prolite FL and my BMW Torsolite from Bozeman Mountain Works, which I currently enjoy taking along on my trips. Both insulated mats... [Read more]

MLD DuoMid Tarp/Shelter from Mountain Laurel Designs

MLD DuoMid Tarp/Shelter from Mountain Laurel Designs

The MLD DuoMid from Mountain Laurel Designs is a tarp which features a number of extraordinary properties. It provides space for two persons or a generously proportioned interior for those undertaking solo trips. The side walls of the MLD DuoMid extend down to the ground, making it extremely wind resistant from all sides whilst also providing the genuine feeling of being in a tent. If greater ventilation... [Read more]

Transferring Garmin Tracks to Google Maps/Earth

Transferring Garmin Tracks to Google Maps/Earth

It is, unfortunately, not yet possible to import Garmin Tracks and waypoints directly to Google Maps regardless of whether you are using Mapsource under Windows or Garmin Roadtrip under Mac OS. The aim of the following step-by-step instructions is to provide some assisitance in transferring data. At the end of the article, instructions are also given on how Garmin Tracks may be transferred to Google... [Read more]

Trail Life: Ray Jardines Lightweight Backpacking book

Trail Life: Ray Jardines Lightweight Backpacking book

Ray Jardine, arguably one of the founding fathers of ultralight trekking had already given a few good tips around the subject of ultra-light hiking in his book “Beyond Backpacking”. Within a very short time, the book was sold out and available on the second-hand market at dizzying prices. Meanwhile, the successor "Trail Life", the ultralight primer by Ray Jardine is available online. In his most... [Read more]

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