Author: Malinn

Kilpisjärvi ski tour day 2 (part: 3)

First day of our tour can be found here and a general post of the trip here. The track from Saarijärvi to Kuonjarjoki unmanned cottage is one big, gentle and never ending uphill. Whenever you decide to do this, in summer or winter, take a lots of patience with you and as much the favourite snacks as you can carry. During the day, you get comfort by reminding yourself that after this hill the summer body is about guaranteed. To be honest, I slept the first night on the ski tour very bad. There was nothing wrong with the unmanned cottage. Instead, my body was overloaded with skiing. Sudden 8 hour physical demand to my office body was just a bit too much. I slept in total maybe 3 to 4 hours in small bits. Once, I even needed to go to the toilet in the middle of the night. It was horrible. It was dark, windy, -24C and stepping out from the comfort of the sleeping back is not to describe with words. However, …

Orienteering in The Netherlands

The true childhood sport of mine is orienteering. I was exactly one year old when my parents took me for the first time to the forest with a map. Of course, I was just in the carrier and mama did all the work, but anyway, you get the point. This is my true sport. However, I have been living in The Netherlands now quite accurately 3 years and for my shame only today I did orienteering for the first time here. And oh how good it felt. I made a lot of mistakes and the 4,5 km course took me almost an hour, but it is so good to be back with this sport. When comparing the Dutch and the Nordic orienteering, there is not so much difference as I first thought. The terrain is more flat here, but the difficulty is quite at the same level as in the Nordics. In the Netherlands, we have much more paths, but it does not make it necessarily easier. The flat terrain does not offer the easy …

Friday night climbing

We started to do some climbing after our hike to Pilatus in Switzerland last summer just for the safety reasons – to be prepared to those paths that are not anymore paths but rock formations or even cliffs. Even this new hobby started purely as a precaution for the future hikes, we have gotten hooked. Last night I managed to do my first 5c course (hurrah!) and even I thought I did’t have any energy left, thanks to my inefficient moves and technique, I reached still after the 5c the top of an 5b course. In the hall we go to, there are courses from 3 to 6c+. (For the beginners, and for me to remember as I always forget: a is easier than c; a is the first of the alphabets, 1 is the first of the numbers :D) I find it still a bit scary to trust those ropes and rope connectors. I trust fully my own equipment as I know it is in a good condition, but as I do not know …

The first day of the ski tour in Kilpisjärvi, Finland (part: 2)

Our ski tour started in the Kilpisjärvi town, located next to the The three-country cairn in the very North of Finland. We arrived the day before the start of the ski, ate well and slept well in a cottage. The next day around the noon, we had finally packet everything well in our sledges and managed to start the trip. Now afterwards I can say that the first day was the toughest of them all. The first part from Kilpisjärvi to Halti is to ski from Kilpisjärvi to Saarijärvi. In the beginning was the steepest incline of the trip. At this point, also our sledges were the fullest from all the food we had taken with us. We got to ski the first part in daylight, but in February, it gets really early dark and at the first day, we did not manage to get to the destination before dark. It started to snow at the sunset. Headlights normally makes the visibility better, but combined with a totally white surroundings and falling snow, the torches …

Hike to Pilatus mountain, Switzerland

Pilatus mountain (2128 m) is located in Lucerne in central Switzerland. You can take the easy way and travel with a mountain train to the top – or you can hike it. We chose the latter one. However, we did not start at the sea level, but rode with our car to the end of one road close to the river Eistlibach. During the hike, we covered 16 km and climbed 1102 m. We did this hike in mid August (2020) and had a pretty good luck with the weather. In the mountains, it was just a perfect warm weather meanwhile down in the town it was almost too hot. This hike is not a one for the very beginners. This specific hike is actually the reason why we went to a climbing course and started actively doing some climbing. The route we took begins with a wide path that can be ridden with a car. At the half way to the top, the forest road changes to a path. In the very last kilometers …

Strawberry Moscow Mule

I have no idea if you are supposed to write to your outdoor/hiking/adventure blog some drink recipes, but because the second name of my blog is a life that looks like me, I am going to introduce here to anyone who is interested and for me to remember the recipe when I otherwise for sure would not anymore next summer. This is an ultimate refreshing summer drink after a long day out in the mountains – or just doing whatever your are doing. And, this actually has quite some vitamins packed due to the amount of greens and fruit! I have never been a drink person really, but this summer I started experimenting at home with some recipes. I bought different juices, spirits and fresh fruits and started experimenting. This is definitely one of my favourites so far of all I have tested. So refreshing and the flavours of strawberry and basil round up nicely to gert her. Ginger beer adds some sparkles and the ice cubes the refreshing coldness.

Ski tour in Kilpisjärvi, Finland (part 1: general)

Right now is the perfect moment to start planning the ski tour for next winter. I have been thinking for a long time to write about the ski tour we made in the end of February 2021. However, it has felt like an impossible task to describe in words those amazing 7 days we spent in the Arctic Lapland. Therefore, I cannot just write one post that describes the trip. The preparations took weeks – finding the right equipment, drying our own food to take conveniently with, studying the maps, checking the corona measures (and testing)… However, I’ll try to summarise in this simple page, and in some following posts, I’ll try to write more details. The weather menu is very diverse in the wilderness of the North West Finland. Unnamed hiker in the logbook at an unmanned cottage in Kilpisjärvi wilderness Our initial target was to climb to the highest point of Finland, Halti, but the weather was so tough – and luckily we at this age so wise – that we did not …

Training my future adventure cat Coos

We have Coos the cat since a bit more than one year now. It was not the initial though to get a cat and take him to do some hikes with us. However, I decided to try if it was possible to train him to walk in a leash. We started when he was really small, maybe 5-6 months old,1 to train him to wear a harness. He is now wearing already his third harness – so much he has grown. In the beginning he wore the harness just for a few minutes inside, but really quickly he got used to the harness. As soon as he was comfortable wearing the harness (ie not walking like he was walking on a trampoline), we went to our backyard to explore. I recommend to use in the beginning a soft leash (not a flexi type of leash) because if the cat gets scared and gets loose, the soft leash follows him softly when a flexi leash would make him even more scared. When he was used to …

Hiking to the highest point of Zakynthos, Greece

The mountains of Zakynthos are soft and relaxed. There are almost no steep hills, but easily walkable uphills that give you some of the most beautiful views the island has to offer. We did this hike in the beginning of August, and did not bring any long sleeved shirts with us. For me this is a very very rare situation not to bring any clothes to protect against a cold weather. But I am just not used to the hot weather hikes. My last big hike was in Kilpisjarvi in Finland in February (warmest -15C, coldest -36C), so my late referenser is pretty much that. For this hike, our alarms went off at 05:00 am enabling us to – get to the start point before 06:00 am – but most importantly, being back before 10:00 am when the hot weather hits. We drove to a town named Louha which is a remote small town in the middle of the Zakynthos island. Driving this early morning was magigal . There was almost no traffic. We saw …