Author: Albert Virtanen

My choice of winter hiking mobility equipment

My choice of winter hiking mobility equipment

After plenty of research, I think I’ve got figured out what is the best mobility equipment for hiking in winter. My goal was to find gear with what I can move with decent speed, transport all my gear, and operate close tent smoothly. Finding the right equipment for winter hiking is a key, as without easy transitions you can’t cover nearly any milage.

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Why to hike in winter?

Why to hike in winter?

I got asked the hard question: “Why? Why do you want to go out and hike in winter?” That’s a good question! I’ve hiked and camped during Spring, Summer, and Autumn, and I enjoy it a lot. Why should I limit myself to only three seasons instead of four? Winter hiking for sure requires more from the hiker than the other seasons, but that’s just a challenge to be tackled. To be able to answer the question, I first have to answer the question “Why do you want to hike?”, and then try to answer the winter-part of the question.

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Night time hiking and temperature estimates for March

Night time hiking and temperature estimates for March

A friend of mine is ex-military, and he suggested that I should plan my route and schedule on my hike so, that I will get the night time hiking experience also. I really like the idea – though it reminds me of my army service… In During March in Northern Finland, there still should be northern lights and bright moon to give some light, and with plenty of snow, you should be able to see just fine as long as the weather is decent.

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Hiking pace testing

Hiking pace testing

There is a lot of questions and answers about this matter in Internet: What is an average hiking pace, how fast should I hike, how far should I get in this and that time. As in everything that has to do with hiking, there are a lot variables to keep in mind: is there a lot of altitude changes, how much are you carrying stuff, what kind of weather it is, and during the winter most importantly: WHAT KIND OF WEATHER IT IS?

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How to dry gear during a winter hike

How to dry gear during a winter hike

So far I’ve found two ways how to dry gear during a winter hike. I’m sure there are more, and I’m working hard trying to discover them. There seems to be a lot information fighting against moisture, but how to dry wet gear while it’s freezing cold and you are on a trail – that seems to be some black magic which no-one talks about.

Here are the two ways to dry gear I’ve found so far:

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