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Snow Peak New Lite Max – worlds lightest stove

Snow Peak New Lite Max – worlds lightest stove

For all those who rely on gas stoves during their tours, there is now New Lite Max from Snow Peak, the lightest gas stove in the world. At 53 grams, it is a veritable light weight and therefore almost 30% lighter that its predecessor the Giga Stove Titanium. The transport packaging has also become considerably lighter. The New Lite Max comes in a small carrier bag and no longer in a plastic transport... [Read more]

Trail Designs Caldera Cone versus a normal alcohol stove

Trail Designs Caldera Cone versus a normal alcohol stove

I have had my new Trail Designs Caldera Cone with me in my rucksack at all times during my most recent winter trips. Although I very quickly realized that the Caldera Cone is considerably more efficient, I was still interested in conducting a comparison with normal spirit stoves in widespread use (such as the Antigravitygear pepsi can stove) or with stoves which hikers can construct for themselves... [Read more]

Snowshoeing trip along the Harz Mountains Border Trail

Snowshoeing trip along the Harz Mountains Border Trail

At last the time has come. My 3-day trip draws ever nearer, and snow conditions in the Harz Mountains could scarcely be better. The snow on the Brocken, the highest peak in the Harz, is 1.80 meters deep! We begin our trip in the North of the town of Ilsenburg and have planned to cover 20 km over the Brocken before spending our first night. After only a few paces, we find ourselves in deep lying snow... [Read more]

Titanium Goat Ptarmigan Bivy

Titanium Goat Ptarmigan Bivy

Titanium Goat is a small two-man company from Utah in the USA which has specialized in ultralight equipment. Its products include the Ptarmigan Bivy. For a long time the Ptarmigan Bivy was only available in purple with a silver bottom. It is now also obtainable in black. Intrepid continues to be used as a surface material. This is comparable to Pertex Quantum in terms of weight and breathability,... [Read more]

MYOG ultralight thermos bottle

MYOG ultralight thermos bottle

I have done without a thermos bottle on a number of winter trips because they were always too heavy for me. I only enjoyed hot tea when camp had been set up for the night. At last, however, I have found an appropriate solution which keeps my tea hot for a long period during the day. I created my own thermos bottle using the following component parts: - Integral Designs - Primaloft Insulated Bottle... [Read more]

Atlas Race snowshoes versus Northern Lites Backcountry

Atlas Race snowshoes versus Northern Lites Backcountry

I was able to make extensive use of the last snowshoe trip I undertook to conduct a comparison between Atlas Race and Northern Lites Backcountry snowshoes. Basic data: - Atlas Race 907 grams/55.8 cm long/up to 85 kg. - Northern Lites Backcountry 1,219 grams/76 cm long/up to 113 kg. Both snowshoes were tested using an overall rucksack weight of approximately 96 kg and 80 kg. The difference in size... [Read more]

The Harz Witches Climb winter trip

The Harz Witches Climb winter trip

Having just completed my Christmas indulgences and learning that the weather forecast promised blue skies for the next few days, I decided at short notice that I would undertake a two-day solo trip of half the Harz “Witches’ Climb” (50 km). The Harz “Witches’ Climb” is 97 kilometers long in total and crosses the Harz Mountains from West to East. It is a main hiking trail signposted throughout... [Read more]

Crossing the Stony Sea

Crossing the Stony Sea

The Stony Sea is a mountain plateau in the Northern Alps. It forms part of the nine mountains making up the Berchtesgaden Alps and straddles German and Austrian territory (State of Salzburg). The Königssee Lake is located directly at the foot of its northern slopes. The plan is for a 3-day tour to take place at the end of June involving two overnight stays in mountain huts. The starting point... [Read more]

Haglofs OZ pullover review

Haglofs OZ pullover review

The Haglofs OZ pullover (which may perhaps be better described as a jacket) underwent its first endurance test on the 3-day snowshoe trip and passed with flying colours! Despite its low weight of 193 grams in size XL (180 grams in L), this jacket makes a very robust impression. It is even 100 grams lighter than my old Integral Designs eVent jacket. The OZ is a pullover anorak which has been constructed... [Read more]

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