Tuesday, 12 November 2013
Last month there was a vibrant discussion (also known as "a bit of a hoo-ha") amongst the backpacking cognoscenti on twitter about photographic authenticity (by my count, that's two oxymorons in one sentence). Rather than throwing my hat into the ring, I thought I'd talk around the issue in another recent photography update.
Thursday, 31 October 2013
Last year my Vasque boots finally gave in to the abuse I'd hurled at them over the years, and when winter suddenly arrived last week, bringing 10cm of snow, I quickly remembered it was time to buy a new pair for my daily hiking adventures.
Saturday, 21 September 2013
Monday, 9 September 2013
When my friend Antoine said he'd like to come backpacking with me one day as he'd never been hiking anywhere before, I smiled – it's always nice to introduce a trail virgin to the joys of the outdoors. I started looking at maps, wanting to find a place that was a little bit special, and less likely to be busy. Autumn, and ruska season is the busiest time of the year for hiking in Finland, and as much as I love popular places like Urho Kekkonen National Park, they get very busy in September.
I wanted Antoine to have a true wilderness experience, and after a looking at some maps, I thought I'd found the perfect trip.
Saturday, 31 August 2013
IN BRIEFThe Mire Trail is one of the multiple routes starting from the Vaattunkiköngas trail head of the Arctic Circle Hiking Area. Although an extended walk around a swamp might not sound that appealing, the trail is actually quite pleasing and varied, and the open mire sections afford excellent views to the surrounding hills. If you’re lucky you’ll get to see some of the more unusual birds that frequent the area – if you spot a heron you’ll be amazed how large they are in flight., and the viewing tower gives plenty of opportunities to try and spot them.
Saturday, 17 August 2013
Tents and shelters come and go; designs get updated, modified, messed with; fashions and desires change. Sometimes classic designs disappear, only to be revived by another manufacturer years later. In the case of the Eureka! / Nigor WickiUp 3 SUL, the story is a little different.
Wednesday, 14 August 2013
I've been working on some new activities and offerings for Backpacking North's outfitting / guiding / photography services. Eagle-eyed readers will have spotted new tabs in the navigation bar, but here's a quick post highlighting out new range of self-guided adventures in Lapland, local tours and hikes in and around Rovaniemi, new photography for sale, and, of course, our popular packraft rental service.