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    Does anyone hike/trek in the wilderness?

    Where have you been?


    Longest distance so far (trail: km/ml and days)?


    What you mostly use (your gear)? How you sleep, what kind of cooker, backpack with metal supporting structure or not etc.?


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


    Do you think that this kind of activities suits girls as well?


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    No, I've never been trekking through the wilderness. I've never been camping.

    I've hiked through city parks, if that counts. No gear. In warm weather. Last time I did that was with my class and I was 12 years old.

    I think its okay for girls to go hiking if they know what they are doing, if they are properly trained. I have no survivalist training.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elizabeth View Post
    No, I've never been trekking through the wilderness. I've never been camping.

    I've hiked through city parks, if that counts. No gear.
    Can you use compass with maps?

    I have normal compass (and GPRS), but also this .... my ''Guiding Star'' ... a small neckless with compass

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    Quote Originally Posted by Finnish Swede View Post
    Can you use compass with maps?

    I have normal compass (and GPRS), but also this .... my ''Guiding Star'' ... a small neckless with compass

    Oh, that's beautiful! And practical.

    I don't have a compass but I guess I could use a map and compass. Never tried before.

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    I try to go on a hiking trip a couple of times a month, at least in the warm half of the year. Seldom to any specific locations or routes, though. Just kind of picking out a general area on a map of my region to drive to, and just walking on random and see what happens. I also try to stay away from downtrodden paths. Simply walking straight into the forest is preferred. I feel it's easier to immerse oneself in nature that way.

    Haven't done a sleep-over in the wild for a few years, as I enjoy not having to pack and prepare too much stuff, so I limit myself to short day-trips.
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    I've been camping and hiking dozens of times in various locations, but not backpacking or trekking, which, if I understand correctly, are more rigorous activities? I've camped in tents, RVs and caravans during all of the seasons, but never when it was very cold or snowy. Cooking was done over a campfire, on a portable stove or in an RV kitchen, which is virtually indistinguishable from a regular kitchen.

    In answer to your question, I don't see why the mentioned activities wouldn't suit girls, too, provided they were knowledgeable and cautious.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Žoreišar View Post
    I try to go on a hiking trip a couple of times a month, at least in the warm half of the year. Seldom to any specific locations or routes, though. Just kind of picking out a general area on a map of my region to drive to, and just walking on random and see what happens. I also try to stay away from downtrodden paths. Simply walking straight into the forest is preferred. I feel it's easier to immerse oneself in nature that way.

    Haven't done a sleep-over in the wild for a few years, as I enjoy not having to pack and prepare too much stuff, so I limit myself to short day-trips.
    Oh, I though Norwegians (if any in Scandinavia) are exactly outdoor people ... taking/carrying even small babies with them up to the mountains/hills?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Finnish Swede View Post
    Oh, I though Norwegians (if any in Scandinavia) are exactly outdoor people ... taking/carrying even small babies with them up to the mountains/hills?
    I suppose it's all relative to other nationalities. I once had a friend from Northern Ireland whom I brought with me to camp in the forest during Easter time. He was literally scared of dying in his sleep, because there was still snow on the ground.

    I don't know many people who bring babies with them on long treks into the wilderness, but certainly it's a popular recreational activity among families to take their kids on trips into nature when they're old enough to walk on their own.
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    As long as I don't have to hack my way through dense undergrowth, I'm cool with hiking in the great outdoors... As long as I'm armed for defense, of course.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alice View Post
    I've been camping and hiking dozens of times in various locations, but not backpacking or trekking, which, if I understand correctly, are more rigorous activities? I've camped in tents, RVs and caravans during all of the seasons, but never when it was very cold or snowy. Cooking was done over a campfire, on a portable stove or in an RV kitchen, which is virtually indistinguishable from a regular kitchen.

    In answer to your question, I don't see why the mentioned activities wouldn't suit girls, too, provided they were knowledgeable and cautious.
    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.







    2.) REPOVESI
    If you would like to (one day in future) try bit more challenger ... then I would recommend you Repovesi area (northern from city Kouvola). Quite nearly still ... only 200km from Helsinki. There is excellent train connection from Helsinki to Kouvola and then just take a buss from Kouvola to Repovesi. Here the longest trail is 43km, but there are shorter ones too. The trails goes closely 2 lakes (Repovesi & Vuohijärvi) which are deep, untouched and have crystal clean waters (best in whole Southern Finland).




    ...if passing that .... so to say several nights outside .... then only sky is your limit .


    3.) KUUSAMO
    Next could be Kuusamo trail (max. 82km). Remember distance will not kill you, but speed really can.
    Unfortunately the distance from Helsinki to Kuusamo is already 800km.







    Here you might already face reindeer. And the name of the white water (KUUSAMO 2. photo) ...is Kiutaköngas. Says/means nothing in Finnish (or in Swedish). It is Samis word. So we start to be quite north ... even as almost all people (today) are still Finns.



    4.) THE REST?
    What then? Hossa (which is one my personal favorites outside of Lapland). Not more difficult than Kuusamo (but again bit northern/further from Helsinki) and then finally real Lapland.

    Of course there are lots of other great National Parks in Finland, but those listed would be the ones I would start with.

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