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Backpacking North offers in-depth trip reports, gear analyses, ultralight training, thought-provoking articles, packraft rentals, photography tours, and self-guided trips in Lapland.

Writing and photography by Mark Roberts


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Recent posts



A pictorial look back at 2014 – maybe not the most backpacking intensive, but intensive nonetheless.

I've been meaning to write some observations about backpacking gear successes and failures from the Sarek trip this year. Unfortunately, because of too many other commitments, things fell by the wayside a bit, and it's taken me this long to clear some much-needed head space and return to thoughts of backpacking and picking apart equipment. 

In the beginning of August I spent a fantastic week in Sarek National Park, Swedish Lapland, with my (increasingly) old friend Bob Blaker. In lieu of an actual trip report (which will appear in another format later this year), I present here a series of “Views from Sarek” – notes, observations and opinions about the trip, the trail, and the park, accompanied by a selection of photographs.

Following my review of the Garmin Fenix 2, I asked Suunto if I could test their Ambit2 GPS watch as a comparison. Happily, they agreed, and for the last month I've been spending some time getting to grips with it.