Ski touring outside marked trails

Hiking in Finland - Day Trips and Backpacking Expeditions

Story about ski touring across wilderness areas in Lapland. More pics and less text this time.

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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!