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...
Story of a 600 km long hike. Outside marked trails, using ultralight approach.
Is there any sense in hiking ultralight? Is it safe? Is it only for marked trails? Can you enjoy your hike if you discard many of the equipment you usually carry? Yes, yes, no and yes.
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!
We live in a world of disposable things. That is extremely sad! On the other hand, there are outdoor products that last from father to son. Let's see some examples from my own hiking gear with a lifetime of 20 years or so.