Imagine the life of a fire guard. Alone deep in the middle of backwoods, and with a great responsibility. What better place to imagine this than a wilderness hut that used to be a fire guard's cabin! In addition the scenery is superb.
Forests of Finland have been in use for a long time. In the era of two-man saws and axes there were hundreds of lumberjacks' cabins throughout Finnish woods. Some of them act as open wilderness huts nowadays.
Border guard is one of those professions where you work in the field, deep in the wilderness. In the old days patrol cabins were necessary, but not so much any more. So, many old patrol cabins are open wilderness huts now.
Are you afraid of getting lost in the woods? Don't let that restrict your hiking hobby! Here's tips how to act if you get lost. Part 2/2: Hiking outside marked trails.
Are you afraid of getting lost in the woods? Don't let that restrict your hiking hobby! Here's tips how to act if you get lost. Part 1/2: Hiking along marked trails.
Orienteering/navigating is one of the most important wilderness skills. However, a hiker doesn't need to be nearly as skilled as a cross-country runner who runs from one checkpoint to next. Hiking kind of orienteering is fun!
Do you use GPX tracks aiding your navigation on a hike? Or would you like to use, but don't know how? There are many ways to use GPX tracks, here's a guide on some systems.
I like to navigate with paper map and compass. However, I have learned how super handy the smartphone map apps are. They show exactly where you are, which way is the trail you were following and so on. Here's tips to map apps, and advice on how to obtain free offline topographic maps for Finland.
The perfect guidebook: Hiking in Finland! Day hiking, multi-day expeditions, best destinations, skills needed here up north, seasons, hiking with kids, winter hiking, good maps, GPX tracks, everything about hiking in Finland! 🙂
Story of a 600 km long hike. Outside marked trails, using ultralight approach.