Shadows of the Himalaya

Nearly seven months ago I left Kathmandu on a panoramic flight over the himals of Nepal, beautifully outlined against a clear winter sky. I looked out the window, recognizing many of the major landmarks I had come to describe as the ‘white giants’. I remember feeling emotional at the sight of them, just as though … Continue reading Shadows of the Himalaya

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Primus Omnilite Ti

Since gas is only occasionally available in Nepal, we wanted to take a stove with us that could burn whatever fuel we found available on the way. After lots of research we decided to take the Primus Omnilite Ti in cooperation with Sqoop.no, a titanium and lighter version of the Primus Omnilite. Though not the … Continue reading Primus Omnilite Ti

Devold of Norway: Island/Ålnes and Breeze products

Wool is the most basic of items anyone going out in winter should have with them. Wool not only keeps you warm, it also keeps you dry: wool absorbs sweat and can regulate body temperature so you neither cool down nor overheat too much. Staying dry is important during winter to avoid hypothermia and frostbite. … Continue reading Devold of Norway: Island/Ålnes and Breeze products

Arc’teryx Alpha SL Hybrid women’s jacket

Arc’teryx is well known to make top-notch shell jackets. Their Alpha product line focuses on alpinism and climbing and stands for “lightweight, minimalist climbing and alpinism products that protect from alpine environments.” Weight was a main concern while researching our gear list for the Great Himalaya Trail: we needed to have gear warm enough to … Continue reading Arc’teryx Alpha SL Hybrid women’s jacket

Helsport X-Trem Kvitbreen Lady Review

The coldest hours of our days in the Himalayas were the nights. It could be nice and warm during the day – even up to the point where we could walk in t-shirt, but temperatures consistently fell below freezing during the night. This regularly included double-digit negatives: it was not uncommon experiencing -15ºC after dark, … Continue reading Helsport X-Trem Kvitbreen Lady Review

Norrøna Bitihorn Zip-off pants

Breathable, lightweight and durable pants are a must-have for any long hike in the backcountry. I’ve used the Bitihorn pants on two separate long-distance hikes: the Bitihorn lightweight pants in New Zealand (the zip-off model did not exist yet at this time) and since I was happy with them I wanted to use one again … Continue reading Norrøna Bitihorn Zip-off pants

Haglöfs LIM Essens Down Jacket

The model reviewed in this article is the very first Essens model and is difficult to find in stock anywhere as Haglöfs has released several newer models, so the specs and features mentioned may differ from the newer models. Haglöfs described this jacket as following: "The L.I.M Essens Jacket is our premier down jacket when … Continue reading Haglöfs LIM Essens Down Jacket

Montbell U.L. Thermawrap Parka

Montbell is a Japanese brand which was founded by Isamu Tatsuno, a mountaineer, kayaker and an all-round outdoorsman, in 1975. I first heard of the brand Montbell many years back, but with the bigger and more famous (at least in Europe) brands such as The North Face, Fjellräven and Arc´teryx dominating the market I had … Continue reading Montbell U.L. Thermawrap Parka

Petzl Leopard crampons

"Agile, tought, and razor sharp. Snow is its natural habitat,"that is what Petzl announces in their informative video about their Leopard crampons, after having spent quite some time with this product on our feet we most certainly agree to that statement. Specifications Number of points: 10 Boot sizes: 36-46 Certification(s): CE EN 893, UIAA Material(s): … Continue reading Petzl Leopard crampons

Mountain Equipment Kryos sleeping bag

Traversing the Nepali Himalayas in winter meant we were in for some really rough stretches where we would be at the end of our wits as fatigue struck us hard. In an expedition such as this it becomes imperative that we get a decent nights sleep to regain some strength. We would also encounter some … Continue reading Mountain Equipment Kryos sleeping bag