The dust is settling on the summer of 2019 adventures, and it's time to review my gear. Some of it, thank goodness, is still great and will serve me well for another season or two. Some are at its last breath, and some needs replacing or upgrading. It's also time when I build my dream list of gear for the 2020 seasons of hiking and camping. A few pieces are must-buys, while some are in the category of "would be awesome to have." So, let me share with you what's on my list.Read More
Are you tired of wasting hours upon hours browsing through Outdoors stores? Not sure what gear is worth your money?
When you are just starting your Outdoors escapades, the process of outfitting your trips can be confusing and time-consuming. The choices of gear and active attire are overwhelming. However, don't worry - I'm here to help!
Based on my own experience and knowledge collected over the years, as well as reviews from experts in the field, I've created a grouping of all the hiking and camping gear and clothing you need to be safe and comfortable in the wild.Read More
Are you on the market for a lightweight mid-size backpack? Take a look at the review of Gregory Maven 45 - it might be the backpack for you!
I got my Gregory Maven 45 L about a year ago. I was looking for a lighter and smaller backpack than my solid but heavy Deuter Aircontact 50+10.
I had a few backpacks on my radar based on online reviews, but it just happened that I found this pack on sale and decided to get it right away. I am delighted I did.Read More
Over the past few years I’ve gathered quite the collection of hiking and camping gear. Some of it I left behind, some is set aside for another time and some is my go-to gear every time I hike and camp. I would love to share with you what is my core gear set-up, which I can recommend to you, too. Go ahead and click on links - they will take you to my reviews or other useful sites.
My Hiking & Camping Gear: the big three
Let’s start with the big three of hiking and camping: shelter, sleeping system, and a backpack. That’s the gear you want to invest in – they make or break your trip. I know it’s not easy when they tend to cost a lot but they provide you safety and comfort, and if cared well for – serve you for many years to come.Read More
Birthdays, anniversaries, holidays or for no reason at all - it’s always great to find an inspiration for thoughtful gifts that will truly make someone happy. I am a hiker and a camper and I know that there is nothing better than to receive a gift that says, I know you are a hiking nerd and I love you for it!
Hiking gear is not cheap. This is why people who love hikers should not feel bad for giving quite practical gifts - it might sound unsexy or silly to give someone woolen socks or a pooping trowel but believe me, your adventurous lover, sister or mother will go crazy for it!Read More
Norway is probably one of the best destinations for women who love hiking and camping by themselves. The land is breath-taking beautiful, you can wild camp almost anywhere, and there is a wonderful net of mountains shelters and well-maintained trails. Scandinavia is generally considered a very safe destination for women, also when hiking and camping solo.
When you hike alone you rely completely on yourself and what is in your pack. That is why you have to make sure you have all you need with you - and not much-unneeded extras, so you don't schlep any unnecessary load around the hard terrain.Read More
After another news piece on tourists who went hiking without proper clothes nor gear, I thought it would be beneficial to write an easy guide of the things you should wear and pack for a fantastic - and safe! - day in the mountains.
Every other week we can hear about cases where the mountain rescue was called to save irresponsible hikers, who didn't prepare well and were ignorant of what they should pack or wear.Read More
The way we pack our backpacks can make or break our trip. An improperly packed bag can seem to be heavier than in reality, might push us off balance and cause back pain or injuries.
It takes a few trials to make it right but it is well worth your time to learn smart backpack packing. I am pretty sure it’s obvious that the way we pack our backpacks depends on their size and the kind of a hike we are preparing for.Read More
What is all the fuss about, anyway?
We all know that having the right backpack is absolutely paramount if we want to come back from our hike in one piece.
Next to the right boots, it’s probably the most important piece of gear you need. I was thinking hard when I had to choose my own.
I’ve read all I could – reviews, advice, ratings and “ten best” lists. Some were beyond my reach because of price or geographical availability. But among the ones that were in my reach, I still had a hard choice!
I was looking into women’s specific backpacks, as I figured they probably would fit me better.Read More