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.
What if I get lost? (1/2)
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.
Hiking kind of orienteering
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!
Ice on lakes – see the situation right now
Right now the ice on lakes is thawing out. It's not possible to walk or ski on the lakes, but it's not possible to canoe on them either. This happens for a couple of weeks every late autumn and late winter. See pics!
Wilderness huts and fire safety
A wilderness hut, Rautulampi, burned down last week. Ouch! Luckily no bodily harm happened, but an important shelter is gone now. Hopes are that a new hut will be built, but it will take time. What can we do to prevent fires?
When it's really cold, what do you wear on your hands? When you are hiking, that is spending all the day outside, it's crucially important to have proper kind of handwear. Here's my choices.
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.
Skiing outside tracks with children
After these last two months let's now return to more normal kind of hiking. Two short stories of hiking with kids in winter: skiing and skating.
Millennium hike, part 7: Tarvantovaara
Week seven out of nine... Do you know how to camp in -32°C, in snowy conditions? Here's some tips.
Millennium hike, part 3: Paistunturit
Our two month hike through Lapland continues. This is the third week, and last one before food resupply. We had enough food, but some items were in short supply, like bread...