Sawyer Mini Water Filter

Got my Sawyer Mini water filter that I bought a long while ago. I got the one with just a 16oz “pouch” and I also received a free emergency blanket, thank you!

Looks to be a sturdy thing. Haven’t tried to filter any water through it yet but that will come soon. I most definitely need to start using all my new stuff – I haven’t even had time to try out my new backpack with some stuff in it. Same goes for the tent but that’s mostly due to the late delivery of the trekking poles. Unfortunately this weekend is quite cramped with stuff to do but I hope to get some spare time on Sunday…

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Greenpeace – New Bees

Teaming up with Greenpeace and DDB in Paris to help raise awareness of the growing disappearance of honey bees, this short film was produced and animated at WOODBLOCK with support by our friends at Soilfilms.

This is well worth a watch and some thoughts… The footage is awesome too so you get two things at once 🙂

New backpack and trekking poles!

Wehuuu! My new backpack is finally here!! And my trekking poles! It’s like x-mas all over again 🙂

Crown60_2014-04-29_17-45-49_P1020605As you might know I ordered a Granite Gear pack but that one ended up being on backorder. But I waited and waited, and then waited some more before finally shooting an e-mail to the company asking about where it was. They said that it was not the entire truth about the date when it was supposed to arrive so I canceled my order with them.

The pack I ordered was a Blaze A.C 60. After thinking about the size of the pack and the weight based on some other stuff I’ve changed during my waiting time, it seamed stupid to buy such a “heavy” pack when I could go with something lighter.

I still liked the designs that Granite Gear offered so I knew I wanted a pack from them and I decided on a Crown V.C 60 – and now it’s here! I also got some tent stakes in titanium from Vargo and some extra shoe laces for my Inov-8 Roclite 295’s.

Specifications

Weight: .96 kg | 2lbs 2oz
Capacity: 60 liters | 3660 cubic inches
Suspension: Vapor Current (V.C.) Internal Frame
Load Capacity: 35lbs | 16kg

Materials

100D Ripstop
210D Nylon Cordura
Stretch Mesh Fabric

Features

  • interchangeable belts
  • Lineloc compression
  • tool loops
  • hydration ports & internal hydration sleeve
  • large stretch side & front pockets
  • extended overflow crossover straps
  • padded rolling stay
  • Vapor current suspension
  • CORDURA® fabrics

I went to Jons place today after work and picked up my new trekking poles that we ordered a while back. I didn’t really know what I was getting at the time besides that they were supposed to be among the best trekking poles around. They sure look good and feels nice in my hands. Love the cork handles and the flick lock system. It’s much better than the twist/pull-thinge that are on my cheap ones.

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The trekking poles we got are the Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Cork. Not the cheapest ones around but they feel great and all the reviews that we’ve read or viewed on YouTube says nothing else. I hope we made the right decision! 🙂

I’m really looking forward to test all the new stuff out! Everything from my new pack to my new tent. Haven’t been able to pitch it until now when I received the poles and tent stakes…

NG Live! – Andrew Skurka: Trekking the Wild North

Some of the guys at work think that I’m crazy going out for a week in the summer or in the middle of winter in -25 degrees Celsius just sleeping in a bivy bag – I guess they haven’t heard of Andrew… Almost the same name but a different kind of crazy 🙂

Get the inside story of the gear — and the grit — needed by National Geographic grantee Andrew Skurka for his six-month, 4,700-mile expedition through Alaska and the Yukon.

Browsing different YouTube channels this video popped up in the this-might-be-interesting-for-you video bit and I watched it in awe.

Ultimate Hiking Gear & Skills Clinic – Andrew Skurka

A great one hour presentation of how you prepare yourself for backpacking and more precise ultralight backpacking, with Andrew Skurka.

“Ultimate Hiking Gear & Skills Clinic”
A backpacking trip consists of two distinct activities: hiking and camping. In this informative clinic, renowned long-distance backpacker Andrew Skurka will discuss the gear, supplies and skills necessary to make hiking fun, not an arduous chore. Skurka was named “”Adventurer of the Year”” by Outside and was described as “”a Superman among trekkers,”” by National Geographic; he is the author of The Ultimate Hiker’s Gear Guide.

You will learn: (1) How to predict the environmental and route conditions you will encounter on a trip; (2) the best uses and limitations of lightweight equipment; (3) skills that will help keep you safe and comfortable with a minimum of possessions; and, (4) exactly what Skurka takes for a summer backpacking trip in the Sierra Nevada, and why.”

New season of Dual Survival

The all new season of the Discovery TV-series, Dual Survival, has aired as of this Wednesday. Truth be told I don’t have that high hopes for this new season. I think Dual Survival came to and end with Dave Canterbury leaving the show. Dave and Cody Lundin was a great set of persons that were interesting to watch. Now with Joseph “Joe” Teti and Cody I don’t find the show that amusing any more, Joe doesn’t really mix with Cody and it’s like Big Brother or some other crazy TV-show but in the wild…

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Anyhow, season four is here – and change is to come. Will it get better?

5Point Film Festival

The 5Point Film Festival is all about outdoor film. The festival has been going since 2011 and has brought some really nice outdoor films to our doorsteps. Here’s a preview of what’s to expect. The festival is running right now, 24-27 of April.

Our mission

5Point Film is on a mission to inspire adventure of all kinds, to connect generations through shared experience, to engage passion with a conscience, and to educate through film.

Patagonia Houdini Jacket – my new windbreaker

Received my new windbreaker jacket yesterday. I got a Patagonia Houdini Jacket in the color electric orange. Basically what it is and what the label says it is a featherweight, slim fit, running jacket. And its very much slim fit and featherweight.

Details

  • Featherweight 100% nylon ripstop, with a DWR (durable water repellent) finish
  • Zippered chest pocket converts to stuffsack with a reinforced carabiner clip-in loop
  • Hood adjusts in one pull, won’t block peripheral vision
  • Durable half-elastic cuffs; drawcord hem
  • Reflective logo on left chest and center-back neck
  • Can be worn over baselayers and light midlayers
  • 1.2-oz 10-denier 100% nylon ripstop with a DWR (durable water repellent) finish
  • 113 g (4 oz)

I called Patagonia’s customer service before buying the Torrentshell asking wether or not it would fit my Nano Puff  under it if I got the size small for the Torrentshell too. They said yes, shouldn’t be a problem, and it isn’t but I don’t have that much extra space. But arm length is ok and everything fits as it should. But if you’re more of a size small muscular guy I’d go for a medium instead. Same thing goes for the Houdini.

For reference I’m 179cm, 67kg, chest ca 100cm (39,4″). Sure the size chart says that the chest size for a small is 36-38″ and medium is 39-41″ but my Nano Puff size small is all right.

Another good thing is that the jacket stuffs in to it’s own pocket just as with the Torrentshell jacket. I did find it a little fiddly to get it all in the pocket and it could most definitely have been just a tad bit deeper. It has a double zippered pocket so closing it is “easy” and it also has a loop for attaching it to a carabiner which is nice.

Can’t wait to get out an try this jacket out – I’ve heard nothing but good things about it!

My different layers for three season use right now are;

  • Helly Hansen Half-Zip baselayer
  • Patagonia Houdini jacket
  • Craghopper Half-Zip fleece
  • Patagonia Nano Puff jacket
  • Patagonia Torrentshell jacket/pants

The story behind the wallpaper we’ll never forget

Here’s the story about the picture we’ve all have seen and probably never will forget. Even if you’re a Mac-guy like me you’ve probably seen and used a XP-machine over and over again in your school- or work environment and seen this picture. Quite an amazing little story about it – Enjoy!

From today on (April 8 2014) Microsoft will no longer support Windows XP. The one thing everybody will always remember of Windows XP is desktop image ‘Bliss’, with it’s green rolling hills and bluer than blue sky. Doesn’t the most viewed picture of all times asks for a worthy goodbye? We certainly think so! That’s why we hopped on a plane to Los Angeles and went to visit the photographer Charles O’Rear.

He told us the incredible story behind the famous desktop image of Windows XP.

Delivery from HMG!

Here it is! My new tent, the UltaMid 2 from Hyperlite Mountain Gear.

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Without the packbag and additional strings attached to the tent it weighs in at the astonishing 499g. With the strings, stuff sack and the UltaMid pole straps it sums up to 645g which is very light for a huge tent. Cuben fiber looks to be an awesome material!

I also got my new book and some accessories from HMG.

I’m really excited to go out and pitch this tent now during the weekend, perfect now that Easter is just around the corner. However my new trekking poles hasn’t arrived yet and my new backpack but they should be here by the end of April.