27. August 2014

Lightweight Gear Finds from the OutDoor and Outdoor Retailer

The OutDoor and Outdoor Retailer are over and the latest gear news have been shown and discussed online and on trails, so it's time to look at some of the gear presented through the ultralight glasses and see what would be interesting for us lightpackers in 2015.

Impressions

The Gear Junkie reported from the OR in Salt Lake City and found two dozens of interesting items. Interesting for ultralight backpackers who travel a lot via plane and hate to check-in their gear because of a knife will like the Kilimanjaro Ascend, a multitool without a blade. He also fund the  Black Diamond Hot Forge Hybrid Hoody of note as it uses the PrimaLoft® Gold Down Blend, a mix of synthetic and down, in the torso area and PrimaLoft® Gold Synthetic Insulation in the arms and back. At 410 g it's also reasonably light, but we'll need to wait and see how it works on the trail and in the mountains. Also the Ibex “weightless wool” W2 longsleeve looks interesting, made from 145 g/m2 Merino wool this top is gonna be light and has a deep zipper for venting.

Vargo

Will from Southwest Ultralight Backpacking also visited the OR and has a very long post about new Sleeping Pads, Shelters, Backpacks and some trekking poles that are well worth checking out.

Black Diamond Distance Carbon FLZ
Exped Synmat Hyperlite

This video report from the OutDoor fair was also very entertaining:


And finally also I was at the OutDoor in Friedrichshafen, and have visited many companies to hear about their new, light gear. Some of these you will see on sale in the Trekking-Lite-Store.com in 2015, so keep an eye on our new gear or follow along on Facebook and Twitter. Here's a few more lightweight gear impressions that got us excited, for the full run-down read the OutDoor 2014 articles.



Big Agnes Fly Creek UL 2
Hilleberg Enan
MSR Flylite
Haglöfs
Outdoor Research ActiveIce & Spectrum Sun Sleeves
MSR Reactor and MSR WindBoiler
PRIMUS Gas

19. August 2014

Lightweight packing for the Lake District

Want to go on a lightweight backpacking trip and wondering what to take? Fear not, we'll show you what we had a long on a recent backacpking trip in the Lake District.

Camp III

The Lake District is a beautiful National Park in England and easy to travel to. It also has a superb infrastructure and there are B&Bs, Hotels and Camping Places across the whole area, as well as hundreds of Pubs, Restaurants and Cafés. But even if you don't want to drink a beer in a Pub after a walk in the hills the Lake District has much to offer to wild campers. Here's what we recommend you take along on your Lake District hike:

The Granite Gear Virga 2 is a spacious pack which has enough space for a week long trek if you go UL.

The Hyperlite Mountain Gear Echo Tarp II is a spacious Tarp that has an optional inner and beak, allowing you a Midge-free space to sleep.

The Therm-A-Rest NeoAir XLite is arguably the best sleeping pad for 3-Season use, and allows you to really rest after a hard day in the hills.

Only 379 g light is the Cumulus X-Lite 200 but it keeps you warm till around 3°C.

As there's not a lot of biofuel in the Lakes you're best served with a gas stove, and the MSR Reactor 1.0 L works even on the top of a summit in gale force winds.
  Coffee on The Knott

A small & light headlamp like the Silva Siju gives you enough light to pitch your tarp at dusk, cook and read. 

With the Silva Ranger SL compass you can navigate in the clouds, and the Silva Path mapcase ensures your map isn't a soggy mess when it rains.

In our hygiene kit you find Dr. Bronners Magic Soap, a MSR Nano PackTowl, and a couple more things. For water filtering we have a Sawyer Mini Filter along, and against the midges we like the Sea To Summit Nano Mosquito net.

At 13g the pair the Camp Windmit'n keep our hands warm on the summits, and the extremities POWER STRETCH® Neck Gaiter works well as a beanie or around the neck to keep nasty, cold winds at bay.

If you're curious to see how we fit that all (and our food) into a 40 l backpack, watch the this video.



We hope this was interesting for you, and if you need help or have questions, please feel free to ask!

13. August 2014

Fast & light on the Escapardenne Eisleck Trail

The Escapardenne Eisleck Trail runs around 130 km from Kautenbach in Luxemburg to La-Roche-En-Ardenne in France and is an ideal trail to hike in four to six days. A a very well marked trail the Eisleck is well suited for beginners, but also trekking experts will enjoy the beautiful scenery along the trail, and the option to have a tasty piece of cake for lunch and a delicious Belgium beer with dinner! Along the Ourthe Parts of the trail run along the L'Ourthe. Trail Others through beautiful broad-leafed forests. Clervaux You can pass villages by... Houffalize ... or visit them to resupply. Maboge Others you see from far away, idyllic nestled in small valleys. Open Home You can stay on camping places... Locus Gear Khufu eVent II ... or camp wild in the forests. Rainbow over Munshausen As it's a watershed there's a lot of rain. Lunas'n'Hail Or hail. Field I But often the dark clouds just run by. Nice views So you can enjoy the views. It's suggested you hike it in five days, though you can do it in four if you're fast or more days if you'd like to take it all in. There's possibilities for resupplies along the way, as well as Cafés that serve cake and coffee. You're supposed to stay on the camping places, which cost between 10 and 20€ a night. But wild camping is a possibility and there's plenty of beautiful spots along the trail. More information as well as maps you can find at www.escapardenne.eu.

11. August 2014

Lightweight across the Lake District

Earlier this year I hiked from the west to the east in the Lake District, from Ravenglass to Windermere. It was a beautiful trip with dozens of summits visited and beautiful camps. I'll let some images do the talking: Sca Fell camp A high camp beneath Sca Fell. Black Diamond Alpine Start Hoody Breakfast. I've started to use a folding cup as it is a lot lighter than a Kuksa and packs very small. Grazing sheep II Will be encountered everywhere along the trail: Grazing sheep. Call me at the phone box A bit of an oddity in the middle of the Lake District was this typical red phone booth. Landscape I Stone walls criss-crossed the landscape and helped with navigation. A look back on Grasmere The White Lion Inn in Grasmere, a very famous pub. Angle Tarn A lovely camping spot is Angle Tarn above Grasmere. Dinner Lightweight and speedy cooking with the MSR Reactor 1l. Bed Comfy bed time. Cloudy During the six days in the Lakelands I only had one bad weather day.