Millennium hike, part 1: Vätsäri (continuing)

Hiking in Finland - Day Trips and Backpacking Expeditions

I started to tell about a two month backpacking expedition in the beginning of November. This is the third post about this hike. We are hiking through Vätsäri Wilderness Area and eagerly waiting for snow to fall, but...

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Competition on wilderness skills

The Hiker's Guide to Finland, hiking in Finland, this time writing on a competition of wilderness skills.

When I first time heard there is an annual Finnish Championships competition on wilderness skills (Erävaelluksen SM-kilpailut), I was not interested. In my opinion hiking was, and still is, a hobby where you can walk leisurely in the woods or fells, without hurry or stress. And competition is quite the opposite to that! However, after all I ended up participating in the competition in 1998. And... well, since then I've participated 18 times. There is something weirdly addicting in this form of competition!