Monday, May 5, 2014

Bohusleden: Overview

This is a basic Review from  the part of Bohusleden I hiked in 2012. I Hiked from Göteborg-Backamo.

This is very varied but has quite a lot of medium hills. So expect to burn quite alot of calories going up and back down them.
You will also hike a few times through some Fresh cut Forests.
If you go as we went around August-September you have chance it will rain and that creates a lot of mud. So Gaiters is not a luxury. We where happy we had them.

Sleeping Accomodations:
 You will see a lot of huts where you can rest/sleep. But bring something to hang in front of the door opening since non of them have a door (we used our tent)
If you have a tent you're never far from a flat piece of land where you can pitch your it.
Even hammock-campers will easily find trees to use.
There are trekking motels in Göteborg, Kungälv and Backamo.

In Göteborg you have Naturekompaniet and a lot of grocery stores. So there you can easily buy fuel and food.
On the trail we passed a big grocery store just before Küngalv. But for the rest you might see in the bigger villages a Fritids-store where sometimes they sell some dried food.
We bought all our food before hand so we had no problem. But it made for heavy packs.

Water you can get from most lakes (you will pass enough of them). Don't take it from streams because they are not always so clean.


Well, most of the time the forest will do for toilet use. Just bury the waste deep enough.
To clean yourselve and clothes you can use water from the lakes but don't dump your soap water back into the lake (even the biodegradable ones). Think about the enviroment, people!!!

Around The time I went (late agust- early september) You can have a bit of rain sometimes. Also the nightly temperatures can be a bit cold. But if your sleeping system can handle (comfort) 0°C you will be warm. But bring a beanie for when it does get cold.

That's a basic review.


My favorite quotes

"We travel to where our soul is free" - Dries Moonen

"As long as we have the open road ahead of us, we will be free and away" - Dries Moonen

"When it is dark enough, you can see the stars." - Emerson, Ralph Waldo

" A  true volunteer is someone who works with an honest hart for the things he or she believes in" - Dries Moonen

"Life is too short to work so hard." - Vivien Leigh

"Fairy tales are more than true; not because they tell kids that dragons exist, but because they tell them that dragons can be beaten." - G.K. Chesterton

"Better than a thousand days of diligent study is one day with a great teacher." - Japanse wijsheid

"Falling is just like flying except there’s a more permanent destination" - J. Moriarty, Sherlock

"Paradise is a time, not a place" - Unknown

" I Love walking in the rain, cause no one can see me crying"
-Rowan Atkinson

"Before you judge a man, walk a mile in his shoes. After that who cares?...
He's a mile away and you've got his shoes!"
- Billy Connolly

"He who sacrifices freedom for security deserves neither." - Ben Franklin

"I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times." - Bruce Lee

"Every kid starts out as a natural-born scientist, and then we beat it out of them. A few trickle through the system with their wonder and enthusiasm for science intact." - Carl Sagan

"It's only after we've lost everything that we're free to do anything." - Tyler Durden/Fight Club

"We can aspire to anything, but we don't get it just 'cause we want it. I would rather spend my life close to the birds than waste it wishing I had wings." - Eli Attie, House M.D

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
Nothing is going to get better. It's not.” - Dr. Seuss, The Lorax

"The more indecisive I am, the faster things get decided."
- Calvin

"Change is nature. The part that we can Influence." - Remy, Ratatouille

"You can live with dignity but you can't die with it" - House, House MD

"To see the world, things dangerous to come to; to see behind walls; to draw closer; to find each other; and to feel. That is the purpose of Life..." - The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Thursday, April 24, 2014

COFT: Competely off-topic

This is an off-topic topic. Has nothing to do with Outdoor or travel.

Well a year has gone by and a lot off changes happened. In 2013 I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis. To say it simple I have chronic inflammation of  the large intestine. So a lot of diarrhoea and long days on the toilet. That is the biggest reason this blog has been so silent.

Something you  need to know is that I train in Kenjutsu (the ancient art of Japanese sword fighting.) Something I really like to do and I enjoy immensely. Due to being sick I haven't been training since October. That just sucks. I really hope i will get soon so I can pick up my bokken (wooden sword) and feel zen again. I need this.


Monday, April 15, 2013

Back Again

Me in Southern Sweden
Many moons and winters have past but finally i found the time to blog again.
Some things happend: 
I went to sweden and walked part of Bohusleden.
I got some new stuff.
I bougth a Gopro. Wich came in very handy. 

You can suspect the travel story in the coming days.

Keep on hiking


Saturday, January 21, 2012

Review: Exped SynMat UL (A great 3 season sleeping mat)

What they say:

The new SynMat 7 UL offers unmatched comfort and warmth at a minimal weight and packed size.
Size M weighs only 460 g at size 183 x 52 cm and sumptuous 7 cm thickness and an excellent R-Value of 3.1.
All this at the size of a ½ liter bottle.

What I say:

I bought this mat because the one I now onw weights like 954 grams. What is not to heavy but every gram I can take off is better. But weight isn't the biggest problem, it is size that matters.
Packsize more specifically, it is so much easier and practical.
A men whould think that such lightweight comes with cold nights. Well, I tested this during a chilly night (10°C) and it kept me warm. There was a moment I started feel cold I thought but it turned out not to be a problem.

There is only one small problem. I need to blow this up with my breath. What transfer moisture in the mat. And over time nasty stuff can grow inside of it, wich can damage the mat over time. But this problem will be taken care of shortly.

And that's all i have to say about it.
It isn't much but I promise to get back to you with my "pump-solution" and a long term review.


Friday, October 21, 2011

Big Buy Review x3: Jack Wolfskin Tarp tent, Solarmio 31 Solar panel and 2 Flexfoil Sting kites

So it is time to finally get something going on this blog. And what is better than 3 reviews.
So let's go:

1. The Jack Wolfskin Tarp tent
This tent isn't available anymore. I can't even find it on jack wolfskin's site.
But here we go:
Weight: 2,34 Kg
This is quite ok for a 2 person tent. But as with all 2 person tents, there just isn't enough space for 2 persons plus 2 backpacks.
But I slept in it on my own. And it is just spacious and nice. I even had space for cooking in my front-tent.

However there are some drawbacks:
  • You get quite a big gap under the door if you use the original pole.
    This can be solved by using a walking pole, but they are mostly heavier and the gap helps with ventilation.
  • If you use it as a solo tent it is still heavy.
  • If you set it up as jack wolfskin tells you, the inner and outer layer will touch wich is never good.

So if you cycle alot and weight isn't to big of an issue. It is perfect for you.

2. Solarmio 31 Solar Panel

This handy, but not-so-little solar panel comes in quite handy.
It is quite heavy, but in car travel or Long distance biking it is just perfect.

It can't break and it is compatible with a lot of mobile phones.
Unfortunately it isn't compatible wit both my phones. But there is a silver lining for the more recent phones. It uses a USB-port as output. So even iphone, ipod and a lot of other things can easily be loaded.

The biggest minus will be: Not compatible with all phones and it is costly to order another one.
Also it would been nice if the powerbank had a bigger capacity.

3. Flexfoil Sting Kite (both 2,7 and 3,3 m²)

I bought this two nice kites for only €50. (Normally both of them cost like € 220 each).
The first time I used them I was suprised how easy they were to handle. Once you get the lines attached, it is so easy to get it up in the air.

Okay, you need some space the first time you want to attach the lines. But after that it is easy as pie.

One thing you need to know is, you got to watch out in stronger winds with big kites. you really have to use all your strength to keep it from flying away than.

Good luck


Friday, September 9, 2011

Big Buy Review: Lumostar Plus PZ

This simple gaslamp is just great.
I only had one problem: The piezo broke down. So i simply removed it. So now it is just a Lumostar plus.
Everything else works great. I used it 10 days long and it worked great.Nothing else to say.