Sarek 2013 - some gear reflections

After my week in Sarek recently, here are some knee-jerk opinions of some  of the gear I used. Somethings old, somethings used, somethings borrowed, somethings blue...

By Jörgen Johansson

Another new piece of gear for Sarek

Ran across some really light pants and since my beloved BPL Thorofare are getting slightly worn I figured it was time looking for a replacement. I will use them in Sarek next week and see how they work.
I prefer really, really light pants because I want something that is windproof and dries fast. If warmth is needed I add either rain pants or some pretty sturdy micro fleece long johns.

By Jörgen Johansson

Patagonia Houdini Pants XL 100 grams

New gear for Sarek

I am preparing a trip to Sarek, a week in mid September. Sarek is probably the jewel in the crown of Swedish National Parks and September is a terrific month for hiking in that area. Few people, few mosquitos, clear and cold mornings with the peaks dusted in silver. Of course it can also be rain and sleet and ice cold creeks to ford. 
For this trip I will be using some new gear that I would like to introduce.

By Jörgen Johansson

MYOG inner tent Trailstar 2p

Having borrowed a MLD Trailstar for a family trip to Iceland recently, I urgently needed an inner tent for this tarpish shelter. So I butchered some old homemade silnylon shelters and added some newly bought rip-stop for the nice price of £ 0.99. Here is step by step introduction for a not-so-good-looking but functional two person inner-tent.

By Jörgen Johansson

A cold and windy night on Iceland, with plenty of rain as well. Pegs had to be anchored with rocks, but after that the outer and innertent worked very well.

Outnorth sponsors C2C walkers with 15 percent discounts

Outnorth will give a 15% discount to registred walkers of C2C for purchases during April. Nice, eh? The way it works is that you will all be e-mailed a special code that you use on their webpage. The code should arrive within the next 24 hours or so. You have to enter the code before you start picking stuff on the start page. Left hand column, at the bottom, it says: Kampanjkod. That is where you enter your code. You can choose language if you prefer something other than Swedish. There is Finnish, Norwegian, Danish and German for our members. Sorry, no Dutch :-) If this is not enough (when is it ever...) they are also right now putting together some special offers on some pieces of gear they think will be particularly relevant for hikers on C2C. Just you wait...

By Jörgen Johansson

Listen to Jörgen speaking about Coast2Coast Sweden in Stockholm on April 9

If you drop into Alewalds sporting goods store on Kungsgatan 32 in Stockholm on April 9 at 19.15 you can listen to me speaking about C2C. Quite a bit about the speach will be about light gear and how to walk from Kalmar to Varberg with less than 10 kilos on your back. There will of course be room for questions and you can also buy all sorts of gear in the store.

If you want to know more and register for this event this is the place.

Coast2Coast Sweden has its own web page

With 227 members in our Facebook group Coast to Coast Sweden and the preparations becoming more and more hands on we have started a separate webpage at

By Jörgen Johansson Martin Nordesjö

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