Events Some readers will remember that I offered a course on using lightweight and ultra light gear in above timberline conditions last summer. Unfortunately I did not offer it before last summer. I got several encouraging e-mails stating the same thing: Good idea but too late, my plans for the summer are already made. This time I hope to give you ample warning. The aim of the course is still to give people who are into lightweight backpacking the know-how of gear and techniques needed to be confident in using them in what is probably of of the most demanding circumstances; arctic and subarctic three season conditions.
Artic means hiking and camping above timberline, with sometimes considerable distances to the protection that the forest can give.
From the curriculum:
- How to chose lightweight gear for extended tundra backpacking
- How to use lightweight gear in the above timberline conditions of northern Scandinavia
- Staying warm, dry and well fed come rain or come shine
- Route finding away from trails
- Crossing rivers (without using bridges)
- Preparing and training for solo hikes
- And lots more.
The gear theory will be very much based on the know how from my book Smarter Backpacking. You will learn how to use the gear advice in this book for real in some faboulous mountains.
The weather can be cold and rainy. It can also be bright and sunny. The sun will set at night but it will not be particularly dark. There will be rather severe restrictions on what you can bring and how heavy your gear can be. The scenery will be beautiful and other hikers will be extremely scarce. And you will learn that backpacking does not have to be backbreaking. Lighter and smarter backpacking opens new worlds for young and old, strong and weak, men and women, all of whom are welcome to this course. How ever, in order to insure that everyone will develope their hiking techniques and have a good time, some demands will be put on the participants.
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