Battle of the budget hiking boots: Columbia vs. Timberland

During our last trip to Las Vegas did some shopping at the Premium Outlets, and both of us needed new hiking boots. I wasn’t sure if hiking boots bought from an outlet store would have the quality and durability needed in rough terrain and multi-day backpacking trips, but the prices were so low that we decided to give the boots a try. Salla found her boots from Timberland (under 50 USD) and I bought a pair of Columbia Newton Ridge WP boots (about 45 USD).

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Urho Kekkonen National Park Day 5: Suomunruoktu – Kiilopaa

Route: Suomunruoktu – Kiilopää

Distance: 15 km, 4,5 hours

Once again we woke up to a freezing morning. The temperature might have dropped even well below zero during the night, and we hoped that the school kids sleeping in tents outside had warm enough clothes and sleeping bags. The hut was packed to the last spot and so did not even try get up before the others had their breakfast. The group of women who had joined us in the hut the previous night seemed to full of enthusiasm and energy.

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Urho Kekkonen National Park Day 4: Luirojarvi – Suomunruoktu

Route: Luirojärvi – Tuiskukuru – Kustunlampi – Suomunruoktu

Distance: 23 km, 7,5 hours

The fourth day of the trip looked promising. Clear blue sky and no sign of rain anywhere in the horizon. Once again it was cold but we kept ourselves warm making some more firewood. The day’s hike was going to be the longest so far. First we would hike 8km to the Tuiskukuru hut, eat lunch and rest for a while and the we would continue 15km to the Suomunruoktu wilderness hut. After a quick breakfast we packed our stuff, cleaned the hut and headed for the trail around 10:40. Just like every previous morning once again there was a river to cross. After that the path was very easy and wide, mostly in the flat pine wood forests. No hiking above the treeline today.

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Urho Kekkonen National Park Day 3: Muorranvaarakka – Sokosti -Luirojärvi

Route: Muorranvaarakka – Sokosti – Luirojarvi

Distance: 14km / 7 hours

The third day began with sunshine followed by some rain showers, followed by some more sunshine. We decided to take the morning slowly and wait for some more stable weather. The temperature outside was still quite low. Only about +4 Celsius. That did not stop us picking up some fresh blueberries for our morning porridge. Yummy! At around 11.00 we started to pack the stuff again and started the day’s hike. The ground and the bushes on the sides of the trail were still very wet making the pants and shoes wet, but we managed to avoid all but one rain shower.

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Urho Kekkonen National Park Day 2: Sarvioja – Muorranvaarakka

Route: Sarvioja – Muorranvaarakka

Distance: 10km / 5 hours

Even though going to sleep very early, we slept until nine in the morning. First prepared our “instant” breakfast that included instant porridge, hot chocolate, plain bread, instant coffee and tea. The food rations had been carefully planned to keep the pack weight at minimum. Basically everything we carried was “instant” or high in calories (chocolate for example). Others in the hut had yoghurt and some cheese, cucumber and ham to put on their sandwich. We were a bit jealous to say the least…

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Urho Kekkonen National Park Day 1: Aittajarvi – Sarvioja

This August we spent 5 days backpacking in the Finnish Lapland wilderness. The destination was a national park  called ‘Urho Kekkosen Kansallispuisto’ or ‘Urho Kekkonen National Park’ in English. The area is huge, (about 2550 sq. km) and one of the largest wilderness areas in the whole Europe. There you can easily get really far away from the nearest road or other modern conveniences.

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How to pack light for 5 days in the wilderness

This Friday we are traveling to the northern Finland to spend 5 days in the Lapland wilderness. The destination is a national park  called ‘Urho Kekkosen Kansallispuisto’ or ‘Urho Kekkonen National Park’ in English. The area is huge, (about 2550 sq. km) and one of the largest wilderness areas in the whole Europe. There you can easily get really far away from the nearest road or other modern conveniences.

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Stranded.to Re-boot

Welcome to the re-boot of Stranded.to ! Some of you may have visited the site and the (old) discussion forums before. From now on we will be moving towards a more blog-oriented format and post articles and stories about traveling, living abroad and all things related to those topics. The old forums can still be found here and will slowly be integrated to the Madventures site. Hope you will enjoy what we will have on offer!