Self-powered adventures in Lapland


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

Writing and photography by Mark Roberts


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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.

The Liebster Award is an award given by bloggers to bloggers. It's a nice idea, in which the awardee answers a set of questions posed by the awarder. David Lintern and WoodTrekker kindly awarded Backpacking North a slice of Liebster, and in humble appreciation of their generosity, I hereby offer my answers (and a few photographs from way, way back in time).

The Garmin Fenix 2 squeezes a fully-featured GPS unit, altimeter, barometer, digital compass, geocaching tool, fishing guide and a host of other features into a wristwatch. Backpacking North puts it through its paces.

In which a trip report of a 28km overnighter around new and unexplored areas of Rovaniemi is combined with a little philosophical rambling.

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