It’s not hard to find information and guides about anything online, climbing is no exception. The problem is to find good resources with correct information. Here is a list of five resources with high quality information (according to Out For More)
1. Petzl Tech Tips Manufacturer of climbing gear and verticality equipment with a big section of their website filled with tech tips on everything from crevasse rescue to multi-pitch climbing. Great illustrations and Petzl is a really reliable source of information.
2. Climbing.com Online magazine with a variety of articles from tech to fun articles about different stereotypes in climbing.
3. SuperTopo Website and YouTube channel One step towards more geeky climbing stuff. Big wall, trad etc. Great information and a good YouTube channel with a few gems.
4. UK Climbing A good source for guides on alot of locations mostly Europe. Some gear review and articles.
5. Weigh My Rack Gear gear gear, reviews, shop and everything in between.
Since we can’t always be outside doing our own adventure, some of my time is spent looking at other people doing adventure on Youtube. Sometimes that feels sad – to spend that much time in front of a computer. But hey, I’m a proud consumer of youtube video. To make your time well spent; here is my 5 tips for youtube channels to follow. In no particular order.
Mediocre Amateur. One guy and his friends doing trail running, skiing and alot more. Loads of ridge walking, sketchy climbing, bushwhacking and puking. One of the guys seems to own a red helicopter…..
Hiking Nerd.The name says it all. A nerd that hikes, or is it a guy nerdy about hiking. Not sure. He video looks good and it’ts worth to try. Gear reviews and trips.
Team BMC. The British Mountaineering Council. Look under their playlists Skills. Where they cover everything from scrambling to ice climbing. The other content is of varying quality.
Venture Lives. There are sooo maaaany channels about a couple sailing the world. Some of them stand out. This is one of them I think. They are based in Alaska and the scenery is stunning. Not a huge amount of content to binge watch.
REI. – Yes the American retailer of outdoor gear. They have a mix of content. Some well produced short stories about a huge range of people and subjects. And also a big section of tips for beginners, everything from how to pitch a tent to how you choose climbing shoes. Well produced.
For every trip you make the procedure of packing your pack will be smoother. Make lists of what you need for different applications, seasons etc. This is the five items i ALWAYS bring.
Knife. A small knife will do, I use a small multitool call Leatherman Squirt.
Cord. I am not a big fan of paracord, the sheath comes of too easy. I have a 10 meter long dyneema cord 3 mm diameter. It’s strong enough for most things, tent guy line, fix backpack, shoe lace, tie branches to a make a stretcher etc.
Phone. It can be your light, entertainment, watch, map, gps etc. Most important you can call for help if needed. I never let the phone be my only means of navigation for example, batteries will run out …. That is why I also bring a spare battery to my phone, If your phone don’t have that. Bring a small powerbank or have it turned off.
Watch. When you navigate and move a watch is really good to help you keep track. Also you can save your battery on your phone not having to turn it on and off all the time. Time can be really important especially in navigation and emergency situations. Either I bring a really simple watch with batteries that you change every 3 year, limited functionality, but very reliable. Sometimes I use a gps watch, which adds functions but then you have the constant battery problem.
Are you a standup paddle boarder looking to get more of an adventure out of your great hobby. Here are five tips to get you started on a SUP overnight expedition.
Start small. Begin with a one night trip. This helps alot with the packing, you can simplify your food to snacks and things that don’t need a stove. Also the amount of water you need to bring is limited.
Pack smart. Bring what you need and leave luxuries at home. At least until you know how you and your board handles loads. You should of course not put security aside.
Backpack is your PFD (Personal floating device). Pack your lightest things in a dry-bag. Sleeping bag, clothes etc. The backpack now acts as a lifevest. A real life vest or PFD is of course more effective, it’s up to you what you need
Plan your trip. Try to get a A-B tour, paddling with backpack and luggage upwind is alot more challenging that downwind. So check the weather report and paddle with the wind all the time. Get a friend to pick you up at destination, or try to find a place where your can leave your car and get back via bus or train. If you need to return to the same spot, use islands to provide wind cover.
Go Inflatable. When paddling (at least in Stockholm archipelago) you want to jump ashore on the rocky islands to take breaks and find camp. A rigid glassfiber board does not like being dinged against rock etc. An inflatable SUP could also be transported on public transportation which open up alot of A-B trip possibilities.
Stockholm is a great place for weekend hikes or day hiking. It’s really easy to get to the trails with public transport and it’s not that far away. This is just a pick, there is so much more to find.
Kärsöleden. A 6 km marked trail on the small island Kärsön very close to
Drottningholm. You can make the hike longer by walking along the shore all the way there from the City centre. Just follow the waterline, the path is actually really nice almost all the way. From Tranebergsbron and back is 25 km. If you start from the City Centre, just follow Norr Mälarstrand along the water and pass over the bridge.
Tyresta By. One hour from the city you find a café and alot of trails that spreads in different directions. Take the tram to Handen then a bus to Tyresta By. From there you can make excursions just for a day or overnight trips. Sörmlandsleden connect to Tyresta By and it is a hub for alot of trails. The campsites are mostly located by picturesque lakes and provide a windbreak and wood for a camp fire.
Hellasgården. Just a half hour away this outdoor area is the perfect destination both summer and winter. When the lake freeze up you can go ice-skating, in summer there are a myriad of trails for running, walking or biking. From Slussen you take a bus to Hellasgården
Hagaparken. This park at the edge of the city provides some nice strolls and cafés and museums. Combine with a visit to Naturhistoriska Riksmuseet. Walk from Odenplan or take a bus to Norrtull or Ynglingagatan
Sörmlandsleden. The easiest option for a multi day hike in Stockholm. You can choose where to start and stop depending on how long you want to be out. This map of Sörmlandsleden shows cafés, campsites etc. My two tips are Mölnbo to Järna or Flemingsberg to Handen
When running, walking, paddling, biking or whaterver adventure you are on – you need energy. This energy need to be carried by you, so look for energy dense products for when you need energy. Fat is a very high density energy product, but you can’t eat only fat. This is my top 5 tips to add some extra energy to my ordinary camping food.
Oils. Coconut oil in particular. It doesn’t go rancid in ambient temperatures. Most oils have 800-900 kcal per 100g which is really high. Use it in your porridge, coffe or freeze dried food.
Air dried salami. My favorite is Fuet, a spanish dried pork sausage. 470 kcal per 100g. This salami holds up well in normal temperatures, can look a bit sweaty in heat. Smell and taste it, I’ve never had Fuet go bad on me in the field.
Parmesan. I just love to have a big chunk of parmesan as a snack or to cut down in my freeze dried food. Hard cheese holds up really well outside the refrigerator. As long as the cheese taste good and smells ok and is mold free (mold can be cut away), it’s good to eat. 400-460 kcal per 100g.
Cashew nuts. A perfect snack, full of energy and also some protein and fibre. Eat whole as is, or crush and add to your morning porridge. 550-600 kcal per 100g
Marzipan. Yes you read that right. Marzipan (mandelmassa/marsipan in swedish) is a very sweet, packed with energy and some protein. Takes some getting used to. I mostly bring it when I’m doing really high activity sport – like running. 480 kcal per 100g
As comparison most Clif Bars are ~400kcal per 100g.