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5 months ago

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Touring in the corona era may not require many changes to my kit - but more stationary or 'hybrid' vacations with other family members probably will. I recently decided I needed a roomier, base-camp style of tent for such purposes and found a gently used Robens Willow Lodge (3-4p) for just € 85. I'm loathe to spend much more on a shelter that will be exposed to sunlight on a regular basis during the day, so most of my usual weight and quality standards have been adjusted accordingly. ... See MoreSee Less

Touring in the corona era may not require many changes to my kit - but more stationary or hybrid vacations with other family members probably will. I recently decided I needed a roomier, base-camp style of tent for such purposes and found a gently used Robens Willow Lodge (3-4p) for just € 85. Im loathe to spend much more on a shelter that will be exposed to sunlight on a regular basis during the day, so most of my usual weight and quality standards have been adjusted accordingly.Image attachment

5 months ago

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Packraft transit folding thingy... avoids the use of public transport when returning from a paddle adventure during the corona crisis. Later, when life is safer, it will class as luggage on European express trains such as the IC, ICE and TGV. That means you can board any train without booking a bike slot in advance. Of course, it doesn't ride all that well over long distances - but that's not the point. ... See MoreSee Less

Packraft transit folding thingy... avoids the use of public transport when returning from a paddle adventure during the corona crisis. Later, when life is safer, it will class as luggage on European express trains such as the IC, ICE and TGV. That means you can board any train without booking a bike slot in advance. Of course, it doesnt ride all that well over long distances - but thats not the point.

6 months ago

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No more skiing, this season... so how about an early start for packrafting? These ultralight 'rubber boots' weigh just 230 g per pair in XL (EU size 44-46). Of course, I will wear sandals on the outside to create a sole, and neoprene socks inside them for warmth. But they almost reach my knees and will let me wade into cold water for easier entry without getting wet (virus prevention regulations permitting). ... See MoreSee Less

No more skiing, this season... so how about an early start for packrafting? These ultralight rubber boots weigh just 230 g per pair in XL (EU size 44-46). Of course, I will wear sandals on the outside to create a sole, and neoprene socks inside them for warmth. But they almost reach my knees and will let me wade into cold water for easier entry without getting wet (virus prevention regulations permitting).

6 months ago

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I don't know which Covid-19 measures your country has taken. But what I can easily say is this: Wherever there is no general curfew in place, we outdoor enthusiasts can still enjoy ourselves responsibly without crossing borders and without mingling with other people. But if people continue to undermine such regulations as are already in force - for instance, by congregating outside cafés or visiting friends - curfews are bound to hit us all, quickly and everywhere (and even rightly so, in my opinion). So we who love to get out and enjoy nature have an especial responsibility and reason to avoid foolish behaviour and to pass the message on to others. ... See MoreSee Less

I dont know which Covid-19 measures your country has taken. But what I can easily say is this: Wherever there is no general curfew in place, we outdoor enthusiasts can still enjoy ourselves responsibly without crossing borders and without mingling with other people. But if people continue to undermine such regulations as are already in force - for instance, by congregating outside cafés or visiting friends -  curfews are bound to hit us all, quickly and everywhere (and even rightly so, in my opinion). So we who love to get out and enjoy nature have an especial responsibility and reason to avoid foolish behaviour and to pass the message on to others.

6 months ago

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Yes, I am currently on a skiing high! On the right, you can see my new Rossignol BC 110 - fat, by Nordic touring standards, and waiting for bindings. But which to mount? Do I want to use this one with free-heel or with ultralight alpine touring equipment? I suppose that really boils down to another question: Am I ever going to learn semi-decent Telemark turns? Or should I simply stay in my Alpine comfort zone with this particular ski? ... See MoreSee Less

Yes, I am currently on a skiing high! On the right, you can see my new Rossignol BC 110 - fat, by Nordic touring standards, and waiting for bindings. But which to mount? Do I want to use this one with free-heel or with ultralight alpine touring equipment? I suppose that really boils down to another question: Am I ever going to learn semi-decent Telemark turns? Or should I simply stay in my Alpine comfort zone with this particular ski?Image attachment

6 months ago

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Hotel signs in France can be a lot of fun! Contrary to what you might imagine, the Moderne wasn't extraordinarily run down - but whether it had ever been modern is something I still wonder. When I really need a room, it is primarily to charge my smartphone, GPS device and powerbanks. But in older hotels like this one, that mission can demand creativity because their rooms feature few sockets... and the existing ones are mostly in inconvenient places. It is common for the furniture to require imaginative rearranging if you want to deploy enough plugs to charge all your gadgets. Doing so, you almost inevitably lose the luxury of the TV someone has kindly fixed right under the ceiling, along with its especially wired source of power. ... See MoreSee Less

Hotel signs in France can be a lot of fun! Contrary to what you might imagine, the Moderne wasnt extraordinarily run down - but whether it had ever been modern is something I still wonder. When I really need a room, it is primarily to charge my smartphone, GPS device and powerbanks. But in older hotels like this one, that mission can demand creativity because their rooms feature few sockets... and the existing ones are mostly in inconvenient places. It is common for the furniture to require imaginative rearranging if you want to deploy enough plugs to charge all your gadgets. Doing so, you almost inevitably lose the luxury of the TV someone has kindly fixed right under the ceiling, along with its especially wired source of power.
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