Light pants

Just got back from Virihaure and will be collecting my impressions and photos in the next couple of days. The Cuben fiber shelter kept me warm and dry. I'll do a separate write up on that later. But while learning how to work with that material I made a pair of rain pants for my son. He used them quite a bit during our trip recently to the Bunner Mountains in Jämtland. Weighing in at 36 grams I imagine they will do very well in the contest for "the worlds lightest rain pants". Of course it is a bit of cheating since he is only 11 years old...

By Jörgen Johansson

West of Virihaure

Right now I am more or less desperately trying to make ends meet for my upcoming trip on the last week in August. Top priorities are the making of a new, superultralight cuben tent and a personal flotation device using my water bottles. As I hinted in an earlier posting I am taking my packraft into what is probably the most inaccessible part of the Swedish mountains: I am going west of Virihaure.

By Jörgen Johansson 

Light with kids II

A practical example of lightpacking nordic style with kids is the trip I made with my son Jakob a couple of years ago. He was 13 years old at the time and wanted to ascend Kebnekaise, the highest Swedish mountain. This article tells the story of how we planned and geared up for this trip. The previous article has more on hiking with kids in general.

By Jörgen Johansson

On your feet

In a forum I ran across an interesting article on walking, feet and shoes. I felt that it confirmed my own experience of light footwear being better for my feet as well as much more comfortable to walk in and also having the benefit of much lower energy expenditure than heavy hiking boots. I felt that this article was an interesting complement to my interview with Chris Townsend on footwear as well as my write-up on different scientific articles on weight of footwear that all support the old adage about "one pound on your foot equals five pounds on your back". I have collected some tidbits for you from the article in New York Magazine.

By Jörgen Johansson

Light with kids I

In Outside Magazine Sweden July 2010 page 56 there was an article written by me about lightpacking with kids. Unfortunately, at least for my ego, my name got lost somewhere in the process. Since the article was based on a blog entry here at Fjäderlätt written a couple of years ago I thought it might be of interest for readers who do not understand Swedish to have an English version.  So here are some thoughts on how to bring kids along on longer backpackingtrips in northern Scandinavia without having mum and dad burdened by gigantic 35 kilo packs.
By Jörgen Johansson

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