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    Yes, all the time, it's part of my job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Finnish Swede View Post
    Just for you Alice:

    1.) NUUKSIO
    Do you know Nuuksio (it is in Esbo) just some 30min from Helsinki? I doubt there are similar places as close to any western world's capitals. It is perfect place for short one day walks (pack a coffee and sandwiches) and just look/adore nature. Or families with small kids. There are lots of marked trails and fire places etc. to rest too.
    These suggestions are super, Finnish Swede! Thank you so much for posting them. I've been trying to make it to Nuuksio, but haven't managed yet. The rest of the places I haven't even heard of (my travels are limited primarily to Päijänne-Tavastland and Nyland), but they look just breathtaking. Wow! When I do make it to Kuusamo, I'm going to visit the Storrovdjurcenter/Predator Centre, too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alice View Post
    These suggestions are super, Finnish Swede! Thank you so much for posting them. I've been trying to make it to Nuuksio, but haven't managed yet. The rest of the places I haven't even heard of (my travels are limited primarily to Päijänne-Tavastland and Nyland), but they look just breathtaking. Wow! When I do make it to Kuusamo, I'm going to visit the Storrovdjurcenter/Predator Centre, too.

    Well...there are many many others too, but I tried to list the most interesting one.

    Predator center? Yes. World is bit better place when there are persons like Sulo Karjalainen.
    Juuso bear is huge:


    Have your heart about the paintings that Juuso bear has done? They even kept ''art exhibition''. LOL ... collecting money for that predator center ... all those painting were sold quickly.



    They got about 2000euros per each. Watch the links video.

    https://www.savonsanomat.fi/kulttuur...iunilla/912508

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    Some of my own gear (part 1)?

    1.) Tent
    Tarptent Double Rainbow.

    https://www.tarptent.com/product/double-rainbow/

    Extremely light tent for its size. Only 1,2kg! It is actually small two persons tent (there is smaller single version available), but differences in those weights are very small. Plus double version has doors on both sides plus as hiking alone ... I can easily take backpack inside ... whole absid stays free (cooking at rainy days etc.). So my choice was dual version.

    For sure it is not Hilleberg (being much cheaper too) and I would not go very windy conditions with it, but it suits me perfectly.


    Bit weird thing ... I could't find it anywhere here (Finland) ... so I purchased it from USA (via internet).


    2.) Sleeping bag.
    My dream sleeping bag would be goose down sleeping bag. Both warm and light. 2 different ones for different temperatures. Still no money for those.

    So what I have...
    US Modular sleeping bag - Patrol bag (weight 1kg). Suits for summer use.


    US Modular sleeping bag - Intermediate bag (weight 2kg). Suits for bit colder nights.


    The best thing .... those can used together (nested) ... being already warm enough for cold winter nights ... never tested. Very flexible system, depending of the weather and season ... I carry 1kg, 2kg or 3kg (if both).

    As girls always needs something special .... I also have this. Silk sleeping bag liner. Weights just 128g. It cost 55euros, but luxury tends to cost.



    3.) Air bed outdoor
    Light one. Weights only 450g. Cost (as new) 59euros.
    https://www.vaeltajankauppa.fi/epage...Products/50672

    4.) Backpack
    Old Fjällräven Kajka 75l



    5.) My cooking system.
    My old Swedish army cooker. I nick named it as poor men's Trangia. LOL.




    It weights same as Trangia 27, but needs bit smaller space. For sure it is much better than any cheap thin material Asian Trangia copies.
    And it is much cheaper (20eur) vs real Trangia 27 (50eur). Plus I even have similar (shape & size) steel version of that pack. That can be used safely in real camp fire (opposite to any aluminum products). Just weight much more... of course.

    I actually like it at least as much as Trangia (no doubt for 2 persons Trangia 27 is better and for 3 even more bigger Trangia 25.
    6.) Mugs & cutlery


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    I did it a lot as a child and in my teens, camping and hiking over several days.
    I wish to start doing it again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Finnish Swede View Post
    Well...there are many many others too, but I tried to list the most interesting one.

    Predator center? Yes. World is bit better place then there are persons like Sulo Karjalainen.
    I agree! I subscribe to karhutv, and Sulo and Pasi do great work with the bears and other animals.


    Quote Originally Posted by Finnish Swede View Post
    Have your heart about the paintings that Juuso bear has done? They even kept ''art exhibition''. LOL ... collecting money for that predator center ... all those painting were sold quickly.

    They got about 2000euros per each. Watch the links video.

    https://www.savonsanomat.fi/kulttuur...iunilla/912508
    Yes, I heard briefly about the paintings, but thanks for the video! The headline is hilarious.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Finnish Swede View Post
    Does anyone hiking/trekking in the wilderness?
    I like to explore forests with friends but I am not a huge fan of actually staying in the woods over night. Tenting just isn't my thing.

    When I was growing up I had sleep overs at a friends grandparents farmhouse and that was the perfect level of rustic for me.


    Where have you been?
    I hiked along parts of the Appalachian Trail when I was living in the US, several trails in Ontario & Manitoba, and a few in the American Midwest.

    Longest distance so far (trail: km/ml and days)?
    A few miles.

    What you mostly use (your gear)? How you sleep, what kind of cooker, backpack with metal supporting structure or not etc.?
    At the risk of sounding incredibly spoiled: If I'm going to go camping then I want to sleep in a cabin, I like cooking over barbecue pits, backpacks are not my thing.

    In which seasons (summer/warm, autumn & spring/cold, winter/snowly and very cold)?
    Spring, Summer, Fall.

    Do you think that this kind of activities suits girls as well?
    I suppose it depends on the girl. I don't really like walking in the woods without a friend and I don't think most girls my age would want to camp by themselves. Aside from safety issues, I imagine it'd be very lonely. I'm kind of an extrovert IRL.

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    Wilderness hiking no I don't. I just go walking. But the idea of getting some camping gear is one I like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Volk und Rasse View Post
    Yes, all the time, it's part of my job.
    Oh, may ask what your job is? Are you working in Denmark?

    Quote Originally Posted by Finnish Swede View Post

    5.) My cooking system.
    My old Swedish army cooker. I nick named it as poor men's Trangia. LOL.




    It weights same as Trangia 27, but needs bit smaller space. For sure it is much better than any cheap thin material Asian Trangia copies.
    And it is much cheaper (20eur) vs real Trangia 27 (50eur). Plus I even have similar (shape & size) steel version of that pack. That can be used safely in real camp fire (opposite to any aluminum products). Just weight much more... of course.

    I actually like it at least as much as Trangia (no doubt for 2 persons Trangia 27 is better and for 3 even more bigger Trangia 25.


    Something to add to cooking part.

    Trangia types cookers have been very popular in all in Scandinavia (and probable many other places in Europe). The best of it is that it is idiot-proof system ... as long as you have alcohol and you can make fire. One of my reasons I use that Swedish army cooker. I trust on it.

    BUT ... and there are always ''but'' ...

    Some people are complaining
    1.) it is heavy system to carry (yes there are lighter systems)
    2.) it is not fast cooker (yes there are faster system)

    Gas burners.

    Many fashionable hikers have used those years now ... and I will test that next summer.

    I bought this burner (very tiny) ... just 45g !


    The selling price of that was only 25euros.

    Then we need gas patrol. There are two sides: 230g and 450g. 230g is enough for couple of days trips, but 450g will not costs much more.

    These costs 5euros to 8euros based on where one buys them. Of course use of alcohol fuel in those alcohol burners costs even clearly less.

    And last the pots


    2 pots sets (0,9l and 0,5l). Weight 240g. Price 20euros.

    So totally my gas burner system costs me: 25euros + 5euros + 20euros = 50euros.
    And weight 45g + 230g + 240g = 515g

    My Swedish army cooker weights easily 2 double and then alcohol/fuel is included ... almost 3 time more.

    ... so there was still room for small luxury? Like this one

    156g and 12,90eur. Now total 671g and price 62,90eur.

    If I will use that ... I will safe about 1kg weight. The gas burner's max. power (kW) is much higher and via that it much faster than alcohol burners (cooking time). Plus one can control the power on it. Being fast is a benefit in bad weather or if there are lots mosquitos etc.
    Two negative sides are that it won't work in colder conditions and burner is open at harder wind (might need one kind of cover).
    Still personally I'm most worried that the burner will simply break someway (won't work). It is not same way idiotic proof system as my trusted alcohol burner.

    Anyway next summer I'm gonna test that too .

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    My first ever (small/light) axe. Made by FINLAND !

    The same guideline continues ... I'm trying to buy good quality hiking products with very reasonable price.





    I'll be going here:


    .... with my two Swedish cousins ... for hiking. Basically we starts to be in areas (north enough) where trees will not grow much anymore.
    We will stay one night in Finland, one night in Sweden and at least one night in Norway (probable two). LOL.
    As I know they will take traditional knives so I will take and test this axe. Promise to be careful with it.





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