Gear Reviews, Trails

Aarn Guiding Light Bodypack

Our story with Aarn starts on Te Araroa in New Zealand. When we first started encountering these packs we frowned at them with great skepticism, wondering how awkward it must be walking with those pockets on the front of your body. We didn’t really understand the point of it, and we decided we did not… Continue reading Aarn Guiding Light Bodypack

Norway, Trails

Packrafting the fjords

Going out on paddling trips in the deep blue waters of the Aurlands- and Nærøyfjords was a dream I'd cherished since first coming here two years ago. Because kayak rental is, however, expensive, and sometimes not allowed without proper certification, nothing ever came of it. Maybe one day, I figured, I'd have friends with a… Continue reading Packrafting the fjords

Gear Reviews

Aarn Peak Aspiration Bodypack

Soon after we arrived in New Zealand we laid eyes on the first hiker using an Aarn bodypack. We did not dare to ask him, Graeme/Graham he was called, if it wasn't very awkward and uncomfortable walking with those pockets in the front of the body. How could he manage all the scrambling without stumbling… Continue reading Aarn Peak Aspiration Bodypack

Gear Reviews

Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite Large and ProLite Plus Regular

NeoAir X-Lite Large After spending approximately 7 months sleeping in a tent I have gained a new appreciation for beds, to quote Eef, " I love beds and sheets and pillows". Nonetheless, I must say that if I can't sleep in a bed my second choice would definitely be the Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite sleeping mattress.… Continue reading Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite Large and ProLite Plus Regular

Gear Reviews

Salewa Women’s Mountain Trainer

Having walked Te Araroa in boots it was clear that I needed a lighter shoe to walk long-distances, unlike PJ who likes their support and sturdiness. I like more air, and less weight on my feet which also puts more strain on the back. I figured that a lighter shoe would make me more agile… Continue reading Salewa Women’s Mountain Trainer

Gear Reviews

Helsport Reinsfjell Superlight 2

  Reinsfjell is a tent model just on the edge between a three- and four-season one.  After finishing Te Araroa with the Helsport Storsylen tent we wanted something lighter, especially since we were going to Australia next, without compromising too much on durability and comfort. We wanted exactly the same for our trip across the Nepal… Continue reading Helsport Reinsfjell Superlight 2

Gear Reviews

Norrøna Bitihorn dri1 jacket

As New Zealand is notorious for its heavy and consistent rainfall we thought that not even the sturdiest of rain gear would keep us dry. Nonetheless, with the promise of excellent waterproofness, breathability combined with its low weight and small pack size we went for the Norrøna Bitihorn dri1 jackets. Specs The Bitihorn dri1 is… Continue reading Norrøna Bitihorn dri1 jacket

Gear Reviews

Helsport Storsylen X-Trem 2+

  For our hike across New Zealand we discussed our options with Helsport and settled for their Storsylen X-Trem 2+ 4-season dome tent. We wanted a sturdy, freestanding tent that could easily be set up in all environments we walked through. Even though this tent is not ideal for thru-hiking due to its weight we've… Continue reading Helsport Storsylen X-Trem 2+

Te Araroa

Reading, weighing and calculating: getting ready for the 3000

Preparing for Te Araroa is taking up most of our free time these days. With 2,5 months to go before departure, we are trying to get a good picture of what is waiting for us and how we can deal with it best. A very important part of that is to find an acceptable balance… Continue reading Reading, weighing and calculating: getting ready for the 3000