Possible rebranding

Just wanted to give you guys a heads up that it’s very much possible that there’ll be a rebranding of this blog in the near future. Rebranding in a sense that name and logo might change but the content will still be very much the same or close to it.

There should be no need for you to update any links that you previously have had saved it should (hopefully) just keep working with the address forwarding.

Stay tuned!

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Fall trekk in Omberg

Revisiting Omberg once again. This place is just an hours drive from home and offers a quite interesting landscape. The weather forecast said rain and that’s pretty much all we got…

We started to walk around 11am on Saturday. The temperature at the car was 6 degrees Celsius and we had a light drizzle but a strong wind coming in from the north. As soon as we got into the forest the big trees shielded us from the elements and we had a nice walk up north. The colors were just amazing. The beech trees were completely yellow and there were leaves all over the ground covering slippery rocks and roots.

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We had our first break as a shelter facing east, overlooking the farmlands. Had some water and some snacks and then got on the road again before we got too cold.

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The next stop was on the western side, Marberget, with a good view down towards lake Vättern and the beech forest down below. Right here there was basically no wind and we thought about having lunch here but we decided to go a little further to Västra Väggar.

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So far the trails had been completely empty, not too strange with te weather, but when we came to Västra Väggar we
found four persons there enjoying the view. They were snapping some photos and after a minute or two they went back to their car and drove off.

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We brought out the cooking set and started to boil some water. We had some issues with getting the alcohol lit due to the cold but with some dedication we managed and in a couple of minutes lunch was served.

 

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After lunch we went south towards Älvarums udde where we’ve camped a few times before. The plan was to setup camp here but it was only around 3pm so we decided to go to Hjässan before it went dark. We might return here if there was time.

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On top of Hjässan, 261m, we had the best view ever! Just have a look at the pictures below…

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It was getting dark about the time we came back down from there and we decided to camp at Stocklycke harbor instead. There was no-one there but a caravan. We went to the shelter and our plan was to make a fire to get dry. Luckily enough the guys in the caravan(?) had been sloppy enough not to put out the fire completely so we just grabbed a few sheets from the newspapers that we found there and a couple of logs and we had a fire in no time. Thanks I guess…

Day two. 

The night was really cold, around 3 degrees and with the rain and the damp air it felt like -1. We both said that we were freezing during the night. I slept with all my gear on apart from the wind- and rain jacket. I guess I need warmer long johns in the future. Might even try a pair of down pants, sounds cozy. After we took down the tent we realized that we’ve pitched in on gravel and mud so that added to the experience. It was too dark to see when we pitched the tent, otherwise we might have picked a better spot around Stocklycke meadows.

Got up rather late, around 9-9.30, and skipped breakfast. Just had a handful of nuts and a power bar.

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Walked south towards Ellen Key’s summer home and from there back to the car. Only about 2-3 km on the last day but it was good.

Quick update

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10.9 kg excl. water

Some changes to the trip. Jon is unfortunately ill and can’t make the trip.

Therefore I’ve done some changes to my kit, added the cook set and inner tent. But instead of going with my Bearpawwd Pyranet that’s quite big for just one person I borrowed Jons Six Moon Designs Serenity NetTent.

Right now my pack weighs in at about 10.9kg. That’s almost 500g lighter than my packing list. So either something in there’s not weighed correctly or I’m missing something vital, haha. I guess it’s the former one as I’ve dropped a few things in my first aid- and repair kit and haven’t checked their weight afterwards, lazy, yes…

I’ve been looking for a smaller inner for my HMG Ultamid 2 and this is a sweet combo so far. Might be a good buy for me. I’ll get back to how the two performed together after the trip.

So without further ado, Hyperlite Mountain Gear meets Six Moon Designs Serenity NetTent!

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Lecture with Renata Chlumska

Attended an event this evening with Renata Chlumska the great Swedish adventurer which has climbed Mount Everest, paddled around the US and also climbed the Seven Summits.

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The topic of the lecture was ‘Find the motivation’ (Freely translated). She talked about all of her great adventures and how the mind is your greatest part of your body. It’s not how well trained you are or how fast you can paddle but how motivated you are to completing the task at hand.

Really great, I’d recommend anyone who gets the chance to listen in. It was super inspiring! Stoked! A great way to start the main hiking season.

A few notes I jotted down:

  • Planing
  • Training
  • Final preparations
  • GET OUT THERE!

One of her key points were basically, just make sure you do it. Many adventures have just been made on a piece of paper and never gotten any further. If you go, and you succeed or fail, it doesn’t matter. If you succeed, good for you but if you fail you gain more experience to redo it and finally succeed.

This does not go just for backpacking or adventures in general but with your everyday work goals too. Put your mind in the right place and you’re half way there.

Why Cuben Fiber?

It’s white, it’s crinkly, it’s waterproof and it feels like it weighs about as much as a tissue paper. But what exactly is Cuben Fiber, and why use it?

When I first delved into the world of ultralight backpacking, I combed the Internet trying to find a technologically advanced material that would change my backcountry experience. The fabrics used at the time had major limitations. For example, Silnylon, the primary lightweight fabric used, absorbed moisture and swelled and sagged, requiring constant re-tensioning. The slippery material also forced people to put liquid glues on the floors of their tents to keep their pads in place. Worst of all, silnylon is made when both sides of a thin, woven nylon fabric are saturated with liquid silicone, and there were no standards for these silicone coatings. So basically every batch was different. So when I discovered a small cottage industry outdoor company using Cuben Fiber I did some more research.

Read more at Hyperlite Mountain Gears blog.

Cuben Fiber is the best fabric for ultralight shelters and backpacks, no doubt.

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Photo tips and tricks

For those of you who are not photographers per say these small tips and tricks might come in handy to improve you’re (outdoor) pictures. Simple things that makes every picture a little better.

Robert Capa is known for redefining wartime photojournalism. His work came from the trenches as opposed to the more arms-length perspective that was the precedent. He was famed for saying,

“If your photographs aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough.”