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Exploring glaciers

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AMAZONAS ultra-light
07.03.2018

You probably read this blogpost because you are somehow interested in hiking and climbing. And today we want to satisfy your need for new hiking and climbing information by telling you something about glaciers! Almost everyone is fascinated by those fascinating natural structures, which are characteristic for the colder environments of this planet. But what exactly are glaciers, how do they form and what do you need to keep in mind if you want to climb a glacier? You do not have to wait any longer, because we are about to answer those questions!

Before we start with this small guide to glaciers, please keep in mind that winter sport and hiking during winter, and especially hiking on glaciers, can be extremely dangerous and you choose to go on any outside winter-activity at your own risk. Please prepare yourself carefully and seek help and guidance if you have any questions or if you feel insecure. Do not overestimate your knowledge and your abilities in sake of your own safety.

What is a glacier?

A glacier is a giant ice structure made out of compressed snow. Over a long period of time, the pressure of the masses of snow changes the structure of the snow, turning it into a large thickened ice mass. Since this process takes a lot of time, most of the existing glaciers are remnants of the last ice age. There are small and large glaciers, some even so larger that they cover whole land masses. As you might have known, glaciers are able to move. This is possible because of the immense pressure of the glacier on its own ground layers of ice and heat, which causes the ground layers to melt. The resulting water causes the glacier to move. Glaciers can be found in different cold regions of the world, but most of them are located in Antarctica, Scandinavia, the Alps and Himalaya.

How do you explore a glacier?

Before you head out, make sure to gather all the gear you need for a glacier trip. That includes things like the proper clothing, ice axes, ropes, crampons, crevasse probe and so on. But good gear is not the only thing you need. If you do not know how to use it, you probably won’t make it out on a glacier. So take your time and prepare yourself by reading about glacier climbing and take a class! There are a lot of classes exclusively for beginners, which are definitely worth the money. During those classes you will learn how to walk on snow and ice, furthermore you will learn how to cope with the high altitude. And most importantly, you learn how to act and react in emergency situations. Especially on a glacier hike, overestimating your abilities will probably end very bad for you, so take you time, get accustomed to the new conditions and train hard before heading out.

Speaking of emergency, it is important to keep in mind that you should never climb a glacier by yourself. Glaciers may be beautiful but they are extremely dangerous too. In emergency situations every second counts and you probably won’t be able to help yourself out. Slips, breaking ice and crevasses are a constant threat and you lower your own chances of survival if you decide to climb a glacier alone. Always climb glaciers with a team of experienced climbers. Usually you tie yourself to one or two other climber, a safety measure which greatly increases your chances to be saved in case you fall down somewhere.

This was our small guide for glacier hiking! And while it might seem that we wanted to scare you, we can assure you that was not our intention. It is just very important to underline the risks of glacier hiking, but with good preparation and a good team, you will have a great time on those icy giants!

 

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#Wilderness Wednesday

WildernessWednesday is a blog series from AMAZONAS ultra-light that is published every second wednesday. It is all about survival tips and essential information that might be your lifesaver in difficult situations.

About Amazonas Ultra-Light

AMAZONAS ultra-light sells ultra-light travel hammocks and is a part of AMAZONAS which is specialized on hammocks and equipment as well as baby equipment.

 

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On a visit in the far north: The magic of Scandinavia

Gesamten Beitrag lesen: On a visit in the far north: The magic of Scandinavia

AMAZONAS ultra-light
01.03.2018

When was the last time you traveled to an unfamiliar country? Some of you might travel every month and discover something new while others stick to the same old summer holiday in Spain or Italy for over ten years, which is kind of sad. Don’t get us wrong, Spain and Italy are beautiful countries, but shouldn’t you try something new every now and then? The world is such a beautiful place that you definitely should explore while you still can! One part of the world that you have to see is Scandinavia! Today we want to tell you why Norway, Denmark and Sweden should be on the top spots of your traveling list! 

The nature, wilderness and sport:
You like experiencing nature and the wilderness in its purest form? Great! Scandinavia might just be the perfect place for you. The northern countries are known for their breathtaking and beautiful nature and natural phenomena, like the northern lights (Aurora borealis) or the mid-night sun. Most of the nature remained untouched by mankind, which means you’ll be able to get a true and realistic hiking experience.

Speaking about hiking, Scandinavia is perfect for climbers, hikers and winter sport lovers. In fact, skiing was even developed in Sweden! The giant mountains and glaciers, the vastly different landscapes and the forests are perfect for your hiking adventure. In addition to that the nature and landscapes aren’t only frosty and cold! In fact, Scandinavia can be described as the “land of ice and fire”: One the one hand you’ll have giant glaciers and snowy mountains, on the other hand you can find volcanos and a lot of geysers. No wonder that Scandinavia is one of the most beloved locations for movie productions!

If you’re not into skiing or wandering around, there is the possibility of snowmobile excursions or dog sled rides, which definitely will be a memorable experience too. Another exciting thing is that you probably will see many different animals, for example reindeers, moose or wolves. Although almost all of them can be dangerous, it nevertheless is an exciting experience to observe those beautiful animals in their natural habitat. 

The culture and the people of Scandinavia:
We already talked a lot about the landscapes and the nature of Scandinavia, but what about its people and its culture? Well, you probably won’t be surprised, but the Scandinavian countries are famous for their high standards of living, education and social systems. In 2017, Norway even toped the global happiness ranking, followed by Denmark and Iceland. The people of the Scandinavian are very friendly and very hospitable to foreigners, so you will feel right at home once you’ll arrive. That’s why you shouldn’t stay in a hotel but rather try to live with Scandinavian people. And moreover almost everyone speaks English thanks to the great education system, so you do not have to learn every Scandinavian language.

The cities in Scandinavia rank from small and traditional to huge and metropolitan, which means every kind of traveler will find a fitting city! Especially the capitols are the perfect mix of big and modern city life, history and tradition, you should definitely check them out! Thanks to a great transportation system, good organization and relatively short distances, you will be able to see more than one country during one trip. However, we would advise you to take your time in each country, because there is an awfully lot to see and to do in each one of them! Scandinavia was and is very important for the development of several music styles, so naturally there are a lot of festivals you can visit. The party and clubbing scene in Scandinavian capitols is too!
You see, Scandinavia isn’t just a cold and vast region, it’s a beautiful place on earth filled with breathtaking nature, exciting opportunities and the nicest and happiest people!

 

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#Travel Thursday

TravelThursday is a blog series from AMAZONAS Ultra-Light that is published every second Thursday. It is all about interesting travel experiences and essential travel information.

About AMAZONAS ultra-light

AMAZONAS Ultra-Light sells ultra-light travel hammocks and is a part of AMAZONAS which is specialized on hammocks and equipment as well as baby equipment.

 

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What you need to do when you’re caught in an avalanche

Gesamten Beitrag lesen: What you need to do when you’re caught in an avalanche

AMAZONAS ultra-light
21.02.2018

During winter climbing mountains, snow hiking or winter sports are a great way to spend your time: Discover beautiful landscapes covered in snow and have a great and challenging workout all in one! And nothing will give you the true explorer-feeling like heading out into an untouched white wildland. But exploring the environment off-piste comes with a life threatening risk which is called avalanche. Today we want to give you some emergency tips for the preparation before heading out and the worst case scenario of being caught in an avalanche.


Before we start with this emergency guide, please keep in mind that winter sport and hiking during winter can be very dangerous and you choose to go on any outside winter-activity at your own risk. Please prepare yourself carefully and seek help and guidance if you have any questions or if you feel insecure. Do not overestimate your knowledge and your abilities in sake of your own safety.

What exactly is an avalanche?

An avalanche can be described as a landslide on a snow-covered mountain, but instead of earth, snow is sliding down the mountainside. There are two different categories of avalanches with a variety of subcategories: On the one hand there are surface avalanches, which occur when the first layer of snow with different properties slides over another layer. On the other hand there are full-depth avalanches, which take place when the entire snow cover slides down. It does not really matter which properties the snow has, every avalanche is a serious life threat and the cause of death for many unprepared and careless people.

Before you head out into off-piste territory make sure to inform yourself about avalanches and the avalanche-risk. Learning to categorize avalanches and even determining whether an avalanche will take place is not that easy: Weather, temperature, the mountain and the snow affect the likelihood of the event. The best way to prepare yourself is to take an avalanche safety and survival course, which teaches you the most important facts and tactics about this dangerous natural event.

Another thing you should do is talk to professionals:

They can give you important hints and tips on what you should and should not do, which areas to avoid and where to seek further help. Before you head out, never forget to take an avalanche beacon with you, an essential piece of gear for every off-piste hiker or skier. The beacon transmits a radio frequency to receivers and other beacons, which makes it possible to pinpoint your location and therefore increases your chance of survival. Do not forget to turn your transmitter from “receive” to “transmit” before you head out, otherwise it won’t help you that much.

If the worst case scenario occurs and you are face to face with an avalanche, it is very important to stay calm. Reacting the wrong way out of fear will decrease your chances of survival greatly. Although this might not seem like a calm reaction, but screaming is an important first step. Screaming will alarm your travel partners and increase your chance of being found. If you find yourself in the middle of the avalanche try to move sideways, the force of the snow won’t be as strong as in the center of the avalanche. If the avalanche starts right beneath you and you react fast enough you can try to “jump” away from it, always upward and against the direction of the avalanche. However, this tactic can be very risky since heavy movement might make the situation even worse. Talking about movement, if you are caught in the avalanche and it is still moving, try to “swim” towards the surface and against the moving direction in order to avoid sinking.

If the avalanche already stopped, cover your mouth to create a small air pocket and wiggle with your body to create as much free space as possible before the snow freezes. The air pocket serves as a small air supply and buys you valuable time. 
We hope you might feel a little bit safer with this knowledge in mind. However, never forget the dangers and risk you may encounter on your trip and always act with caution!

 

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#Wilderness Wednesday

WildernessWednesday is a blog series from AMAZONAS ultra-light that is published every second wednesday. It is all about survival tips and essential information that might be your lifesaver in difficult situations.

About Amazonas Ultra-Light

AMAZONAS ultra-light sells ultra-light travel hammocks and is a part of AMAZONAS which is specialized on hammocks and equipment as well as baby equipment.

 

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Why you should travel with your friends

Gesamten Beitrag lesen: Why you should travel with your friends

AMAZONAS ultra-light
08.02.2018

Traveling is an exciting and fulfilling hobby: You can learn new things about other countries, cultures and get to know their lifestyle by living it. In addition to that you learn a lot about yourself when you are confronted with new lifestyles and points of view. Only traveling provides this specific characteristics and challenges you without really feeling like a challenge and rather like an experience. And there is a way to get even more out of the traveling experience: Traveling with friends. Traveling in a group comes with a whole lot of advantages and today we want to convince you to take your next trip together with your best pals!

 

1) Planning your trip becomes exciting

Sometimes it can get a little bit boring to plan a trip. Sure, you can tell people about what you plan to see and to do, but they won’t really understand your excitement unless they are a part of the trip. Imagine sitting together with your friends, thinking about where you want to go, what you want to do and what you want to see. Nothing will get you more excited for a trip than talking about it with your travel buddies and as you might know, sharing joy and excitement is one of the greatest gifts in life.

2) Traveling becomes cheaper & safer

Traveling in a group is often cheaper than traveling alone. Booking a hotel or an apartment, engaging in activities, renting a car, everything becomes cheaper when you can split the costs in a group. Furthermore your friends will be able to keep you from buying useless stuff in a “non-parent” way, so you can spend it on other things which important (like the next meal). Traveling in a group is much safer too, for example you won’t have to wander the streets of an unknown city alone at night. Your friends will have your back and help you out, even in the messiest situations.

3) Get to know each other even better

Spending almost every minute with your friends might sound overwhelming for some, but imagine how much you are going to bond with those people! Experience everything together, sharing meaningful moments, have deep talks and get to know each other on a whole new level. You are going to see new sides of your friends and they are going to see new sides of you. A trip together will definitely bring you closer together and forge bonds which might last for a lifetime and will end in even more trips and experiences together.

4) Being silly never was that easy before

When you travel alone you might feel weird when you are taking classic tourist photos or engage in classic tourist activities. With friends however those activities become silly and funny and you are going to love it. You will never feel weird because of that pose you all just made or because you started singing right in the middle of the city. Friends bring a whole lot of joy and fun to a trip and that is extremely valuable.

5) You won’t feel lonely

Sometimes traveling alone can get tough. All by yourself in a foreign country, maybe you don’t know what to do, are a little bit shy and all of a sudden you start to feel lonely and sad. If you travel with friends, you won’t have moments like that. There’s always someone to talk to and laugh with, always something to do, new things to discover and experience together. And even if you happen to feel sad sometimes, there will be someone you know who can cheer you up. 

 

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#Travel Thursday

TravelThursday is a blog series from AMAZONAS Ultra-Light that is published every second Thursday. It is all about interesting travel experiences and essential travel information.

About AMAZONAS ultra-light

AMAZONAS Ultra-Light sells ultra-light travel hammocks and is a part of AMAZONAS which is specialized on hammocks and equipment as well as baby equipment.

 

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Wild camping and bivouacking - rules and regulations

Gesamten Beitrag lesen: Wild camping and bivouacking - rules and regulations

AMAZONAS ultra-light
31.01.2018

Many people enjoy camping as a form of vacation. And that’s understandable! Sleeping right in the middle of nature is a thrilling and exciting idea. However, camping nowadays is quite different from camping thirty years ago: The tourism industry has taken over a lot of campsites, which means a lot of unnecessary extras, luxury-accommodations and so on. In addition to that a lot of campsites are crowded with people, especially during late spring, summer or early autumn. But is that really what camping should be? No. Camping is about experiencing nature and reconnecting with it and yourself. If you are interested in that, you should consider a wild camping or bivouacking trip. Today we want to tell you what those two camping-variations are, why you should give them a try and what you have to keep in mind.

What is wild camping and bivouacking?

Wild camping is basically about finding a place in nature you would like to spend the night at and sleep there. Just place your tent or park your camper at a location you think is good for your over-night rest and you’re ready. This way you can stay away from overcrowded places and spend the night surrounded by trees, meadows and bushes. However keep in mind the laws of the country you stay in, but we’ll get to that later.
Bivouacking is a variation of wild camping. You just sleep outside, but without a tent or a camper. Depending on the season and the weather conditions, sometimes all you need is a sleeping bag and a mat. As you can imagine, during a bivouacking trip you experience nature and freedom on a whole new level and you are even more flexible than on a wild camping trip.

What are the benefits of wild camping and bivouacking?

As we mentioned earlier, those two camping variations give you the ability to get your rest away from crowded campsites right in the middle of nature, which should be enough to convince you to go on a trip like that. But if you need more arguments, consider this: You can enjoy the sounds of nature like no one else, you can reconnect with nature and experience freedom and it’s relatively cheap (if you do not break any laws). In addition to that, you can decide to rest almost everywhere (again, keep the laws in mind) and if you bivouac, think about falling asleep while looking at the stars. Sounds good right?

Rules and regulations you have to keep in mind:

The most important thing you have to know is that wild camping and bivouacking is illegal in a lot of countries. Be sure to check the laws concerning sleeping in nature or public places in the country you want to stay in. Laws in European countries for example differ a lot. And if you get caught camping in a public place although it is not allowed you’ll probably have to pay high fees and face other legal consequences.

Another important thing is the campsite itself. It should go without saying that staying on private property without permission is illegal in most countries. Choose a place away from people, cities, settlements, bars or other crowded places. If you want to wild camp, try to arrive late and leave early, an unwritten rule that you should keep in mind. Never light an open fire during a wild camping trip, it is way too dangerous for you and for the environment.

And last but not least, leave the place just like you found it. That includes taking your rubbish with you and finding the right place for a toilet and maintaining it the right way.

You see, wild camping and bivouacking are interesting and exciting alternatives to the classic camping trip. If you want to experience nature and relax away from other people, you should definitely give it a try.

 

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#Wilderness Wednesday

WildernessWednesday is a blog series from AMAZONAS ultra-light that is published every second wednesday. It is all about survival tips and essential information that might be your lifesaver in difficult situations.

About Amazonas Ultra-Light

AMAZONAS ultra-light sells ultra-light travel hammocks and is a part of AMAZONAS which is specialized on hammocks and equipment as well as baby equipment.

 

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Tips for your first ski trip

Gesamten Beitrag lesen: Tips for your first ski trip

AMAZONAS ultra-light
25.01.2018

Skiing is one of the most beloved and famous winter sport in our society. A lot of people cannot wait for winter and snow so they can finally head out into snowy mountains again. A whole travel and sport industry is built around the famous winter sport and the similar sport snowboarding. Chances are pretty high that some of your friends headed out this winter for a skiing vacation and you probably thought about joining them. But what do you need for your first ski trip?

Before we start with this guide, please keep in mind that skiing comes with the risk of accidents and you choose to go on any outside winter-activity at your own risk. Please prepare yourself carefully and seek help and guidance if you have any questions or if you feel insecure.

Preparation for your ski trip

Just like any other sport, skiing needs preparation. This preparation should start with a short workout routine leading up to your ski trip. You would not believe how many muscles you have to use during your ski vacation, so it makes it easier for you to enjoy the sport if you do not have to complain about sore muscles all the time (although you won’t be able to avoid it entirely). Try to train the basic muscles groups, your core muscles and your stamina and you should be good to go.

Finding the right skis can be a little bit tricky, since the right skis are essential for a safe and fun ski trip. Even if you might find some old skis in your cellar, you should probably think about buying or renting new ones, since modern skis are safer and you will probably learn faster with them. As a beginner, try to get your hands on shorter, wider and flexible skis. Examine the underside and search for any deep holes or cuts, because they are a serious cause for accidents. You probably are still a little bit insecure about what kind of skis you should get, which is totally understandable. Ask a seasoned skier for help or rent your skis right at the location where you want to ski, the staff probably knows a thing or two about what kind of skis you need. As a beginner the option to rent skis is worth to consider too, since you don’t have to invest a lot of money in a sport of which you do not know whether you like it or not.

Ski boots are an essential part of skiing too. Just as with normal boots, you need to find the right pair which fits you perfectly. You will control your movement with your feet so do not let someone else talk you into a pair of boots which does not fit. Test the boots in the store or at the rental place and get some help by the staff or a friend who knows something about skiing. Ski boots are not that comfortable in the beginning so try to adjust them to your feet by walking in your boots at home. This way you can get to know the feeling of your boots and make them a little bit more comfortable.
We will not cover the entire section of appropriate ski clothing, just keep the principle of layering in mind. In addition to that take some ski googles with you and use sunscreen to protect you from the sun. And last but not least a helmet is non-negotiable for skiing. If you fall, a good helmet can save your life, so never head out without a helmet on!

Start to ski!

Before you head out check your skis. Are they waxed and adjusted to your demands? If not, head out to the rental shop and ask them for help.
As a beginner you should take at least some lessons. Learning the basics like controlling your speed, turning and stopping from a teacher will help you to ease into skiing. It can feel weird to use skis for the first time and you probably will fall every now and then, but a teacher can help you with that. It is better to invest some money in some lessons if it means you will avoid accidents. Ask a staff member for beginner lessons and get started. As for the place where to learn skiing, you maybe want to choose a ski area which is not that crowded.

We hope you enjoyed or short guide about your first skiing trip and wish you a nice skiing vacation!

 

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#Travel Thursday

TravelThursday is a blog series from AMAZONAS Ultra-Light that is published every second Thursday. It is all about interesting travel experiences and essential travel information.

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AMAZONAS Ultra-Light sells ultra-light travel hammocks and is a part of AMAZONAS which is specialized on hammocks and equipment as well as baby equipment.

 

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How to use your hammock during the winter

Gesamten Beitrag lesen: How to use your hammock during the winter

AMAZONAS ultra-light
17.01.2018

Hammocks are a great invention. There are few things as relaxing as spending a warm summer evening in a hammock with a good book. But you can do so much more with them! For example, hammocks can be used as a surrogate for beds, a lot of countries in South America even prefer hammocks to normal beds. It’s definitely worth a try!

But sleeping in your hammock is not something you can only do during spring or summer! The winter offers some interesting opportunities for sleeping in hammocks. Fair enough, you need to prepare a few things before you can sleep in a hammock during winter.

Before we start with this blog post, please keep in mind that camping and hiking during winter can be very dangerous and you choose to go on any outside winter-activity at your own risk. Please prepare yourself carefully and seek help and guidance if you have any questions or if you feel insecure.

Why should I consider using a hammock?

Especially for ultra-light travelers the hammock is an interesting alternative to tents. In most cases it is not that heavy and the additional gear you should take with you won’t be that heavy either. One argument which might convince you is the fact that sleeping in a hammock can be very relaxing if done right. Check one of our older articles to learn how you can sleep in a hammock comfortably. Another thing is the whole experience itself. Imagine lying in your warm sleeping bag, almost floating in the air and looking at the stars (assumed that you do not use a tarp to cover you). Sounds good, right? Hopefully you’re a little bit interested in the whole idea of hammocking during winter now, so make sure to get to know what you need for this special trip.

What do you need?

The first thing you need to own is, you’ve guessed it, a hammock. There are a lot of different kinds of hammocks, but be sure to check the material of which the hammock is made of, the right netting for your demands and the right size.
Once you have your hammock you should get a sleeping bag, so you will stay warm during the night. Your sleeping bag should have a synthetic or a down filling and you might want to look for a sleeping bag with an extra hood so your head won’t freeze off. A little tip for your night: Fill your sleeping bag with unused clothes and liners in order to fill empty space and keep yourself warm in a more effective way. In addition to that take a small pillow with you for more comfort and warmth. Some people even buy so called sleeping bag pods, which are basically sleeping bags for the whole hammock! 

But what about comfort? We’ve got you covered: Just take a pad with you. It is an extra layer which makes snuggling inside your sleeping bag much more comfortable. In addition to that it prevents the warmth from leaving your sleeping bag. 
Another way of insulating your hammock and sleeping bag is the underquilt, which prevents the warmth from leaving your sleeping bag and keeps it inside. It looks like a large blanket which you just put around your hammock-sleeping bag construction.

If you want to protect yourself from snow, rain or something else which might fall from the sky, you should get yourself a tarp: It is a large cover you stretch over your hammock. Another nice advantage: The tarp will help to keep the warmth close to your hammock.

Where can you sleep?

It can get a little bit complicated to find the right spot for your night. Just remember: Wind is something you want to avoid. It can cool you down rapidly and even lead to hypothermia. Search for natural covers so wind won’t be an issue: For example, look for a dense forest, stonewalls or other natural covers. You should be very careful when it comes to caves. They might seem like a comfortable place to sleep in since wind definitely won’t be an issue here, but a) you probably won’t be able to hang your hammock inside the cave without special gear and b) you do not want to enter the territory of animals like bears or others. 
Now you know the basic information you need to know for a trip with your hammock. Be sure to inform yourself about upcoming weather conditions and prepare yourself thoroughly before heading out.

 

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#Wilderness Wednesday

WildernessWednesday is a blog series from AMAZONAS ultra-light that is published every second wednesday. It is all about survival tips and essential information that might be your lifesaver in difficult situations.

About Amazonas Ultra-Light

AMAZONAS ultra-light sells ultra-light travel hammocks and is a part of AMAZONAS which is specialized on hammocks and equipment as well as baby equipment.

 

 

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Security off-piste: equipment and tips for deep snow hiking

Gesamten Beitrag lesen: Security off-piste: equipment and tips for deep snow hiking

AMAZONAS ultra-light
11.01.2018

We still are in the middle of winter, it is still cold in most parts of the world and the snow continues to fall. A lot of people use these weather conditions for a nice skiing or snowboarding vacation. But why should you do the same sport over and over again? Don’t be mistaken, snowboarding and skiing is great, but we say you should try something new! Ever heard of deep snow hiking? No? Good! Today we want to show you what you need to keep in mind when you decide to explore the snowy trails of this world.

Before we start with this short introduction, please keep in mind that camping and hiking during winter can be very dangerous and you choose to go on any outside winter-activity at your own risk. Please prepare yourself carefully and seek help and guidance if you have any questions or if you feel insecure.

What is “deep snow hiking” and why is it so special?

Deep snow hiking is a variation of the “basic” snowshoe hiking. It is basically just a nice hike in snowy environments, with the slight but important difference that you start your hike right after snowfall. Immediately after that the snow is usually not removed from the hiking trails which ups the difficulty level of your hike. And exactly because of that deep snow hiking is a great workout. It trains your whole body and believe us, can get very exhausting over time. Furthermore deep snow hiking can become very interesting since you can see all the tracks animals leave on the fresh snow. It is a great way to exercise and learn something about the environment you are hiking in. 

What things should you keep in mind if you want to go on a deep snow hike?

Walking on fresh snow can be a little bit tricky. You will definitely sink into the snow, but there are ways to avoid it. Snowshoes are a special footwear, which you attach on your normal hiking boots. They make it a lot easier to walk on snow. You will probably still sink into the snow but not as deep as without them. It makes walking in snowy environments easier and safer, so be sure to get some before you head out. Keep in mind that just like shoes, there are different kinds of snowshoes for every height and weight.
Speaking of shoes, the right clothing is very important. Remember the layering technique in order to keep your body warm and the snow outside. However, no matter how neatly you prepare your clothing, it is very likely that snow will reach you the middle or even basic layer. Be sure to pack some extra clothing just in case something gets wet and threatens your health. Same goes for your feet: Choose the right boots, the right snowshoes and maybe even some gaiters to keep the snow outside and your feet dry.

The dangers of snow!

Do not underestimate the snow! Although it might look nice, the snow can get very dangerous too, tripping happens way more often when it snows for example. Moreover the snow you are walking on can be unstable, so plan your steps carefully. A great help are snowshoes, as we explained earlier, and trekking poles. They help you to walk on the snow and maintain balance and a steady posture during your hike. No matter how much experience you have concerning hiking during spring, summer or autumn, the snow will slow you down. So plan in some extra time for your hike so you do not end up in the middle of nowhere when the night falls.

Now you know why deep snow hiking is something you should consider instead of your basic skiing-trip. And if you still feel insecure, there are plenty of guided tours in almost every winter sport region. Do not be afraid and walk right into your snowy adventure!

 

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Tips for cooking when winter camping

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AMAZONAS ultra-light
03.01.2018

Winter camping has its clear advantages over summer camping, for example you do not have to worry about bugs or crowded camping places. However, there are some parts to it that make it much more difficult to enjoy the camping trip during the frosty months of the year. One of them is cooking, which demands special preparation and equipment. Today we want to show you what you have to keep in mind if you want to cook during a winter camping trip.

Where should you cook?

It goes without saying that the place where you prepare your meals should be near your camping side. You do not need to bring special snow camping chairs or tables, because all you need to build yourself some chairs is around you: snow! Just dig a hole and carve the chairs and tables after your own needs and imagination. Same goes for your frosty kitchen unit: Dig a hole and make sure that your stove and other cooking equipment are protected from wind and you are good to go! A short advice: Put an insulating pad under your stove, this way the amount of heat which is transferred to the ground gets minimized and your stove is covered from melting snow.

What gear do you need?

One of the most important things you need on any camping trip is a stove. No matter if you are just warming up prepared meals or prepare and cook special dishes during your trip, you cannot do any of those things without a stove. For a winter camping trip you should consider to take a liquid-fuel stove with you, since the heating ability of these stoves are not affected by outside temperature, which means consistent heat. In addition to that it is eco-friendly, since you can reuse the liquid-fuel canisters. If you decide to prepare your meals at your camping side, you need some cooking equipment. Some knives, a cutting board, spoons, cutlery for eating, cups for drinking and some bowls. You should always use equipment made out of wood or plastic, because metal equipment can cause the temperature of your food to drop. Moreover serve your food in bowls and not plates: Your food will stay warm for a longer time.

What dishes can you cook?

Basically you do not have any limits on what you can cook. Just keep in mind that your calorie-intake should be higher than usual, since your body needs more energy to keep your body temperature stable. That means you should consider to cook dishes with enough carbohydrates, sugar, protein and fats. Some dishes come directly into mind when you are thinking about those specifics, for example stews, soups, oatmeal, porridge or chili. No matter on what you decide to cook, it is always a good idea to prepare your food before your trip as good as possible. That does not necessarily mean to cook at home and take the dishes with you. It rather means that you can cut vegetables, meat, etc. at home, put them in appropriate packaging so you do not need to cut everything on your cooking side.

Speaking about stew earlier, there is a really easy recipe for a one-pot stew which does not demand any special cooking skills:
If you want to cook the one-pot stew you need a large pot, one jar of diced tomatoes, one jar of tomato sauce, at least one jar of black beans, white beans, red beans and chickpeas, diced onions, spices like salt, pepper, chili, and parsley and maybe some diced potatoes and feta cheese. After you stir fried the onions you just put everything in the large pot and cook it for 20 to 30 minutes. It is a very easy dish that provides you with a lot of the nutrients that you need if you want to stay warm.

You see, cooking during winter camping can be a little bit tricky. But with enough preparation and planning you won’t have any problems on your winter camping trip.

 

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Snowshoe hiking: appropriate equipment and preparation

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AMAZONAS ultra-light
28.12.2017

Apart from skiing, snowboarding and building snowmen there are other things you can do during winter. Have you ever heard of “snowshoe hiking”? A once effective and important mode of transportation for long journeys in snowy environments, snowshoeing turned into a beloved and exciting winter sport activity. Today we show you why snowshoeing might be something you should try and what you need for it.

Before we start with our short introduction, please keep in mind that these are not based on any scientific research. Snowshoe hiking can be very dangerous and you choose to go on any outside winter-activity at your own risk. Please prepare yourself carefully and seek help and guidance if you have any questions or if you feel insecure. 

Why should you go on a snowshoe hike?

Snowshoe hiking is an exciting winter sport which can be adjusted to almost every level of difficulty, so you do not need to worry whether your athletic abilities are enough for the hiking trip. If you want to go easy on yourself you can just choose a rather flat trail, for seasoned hikers steep and challenging trails might be more interesting. Another advantage of snowshoe hiking is that you do not need that much gear: The right clothing, the right footwear, your snowshoes of choice and maybe some poles to assist you during your hike and that’s it. You already see, compared to other winter sports snowshoeing can be a rather cheap activity. And last but not least, you definitely will experience amazing landscapes during your hike.

What do you need?

As we mentioned earlier, the right clothing is important. Layering your clothes can help to keep you warm and will protect you from weather conditions to a certain degree. The base layer is supposed to transport sweat away from your skin, the middle layer has to keep the body heat inside and the shell layer protects you from wind, rain and snow. Do not forget to take your gloves and hat with you, since a lot of body heat leaves the body via the head, the hands and the feet.

Something a lot of first time hiker tend to forget during winter is the dangers of the sun: White snowy landscapes will reflect the rays of sunshine, therefore making a sunburn a very real threat. Just use some sunscreen and wear sunglasses and you should be good to go. The footwear is of course very important too. Choose thick and warm hiking boots, which have insulating layers so your feet won’t freeze.

In addition to that wearing thick socks can help to. Moreover your boots should be waterproof, since wet boots and feet will make your hike turn into a very unpleasant experience. One of the most important things about a snowshoe hike are of course… snowshoes! There are three different types of snowshoes for the three main activities during a snowshoe hike: Flat terrain snowshoes should be used for easy walks, especially important for your first experiences in snowshoe hiking. Rolling terrain snowshoes are meant for rolling or even steep hills. You could say that these shoes fit almost all basic snowshoe hiking needs, however they are not designed for very steep and icy conditions. Mountain terrain snowshoes should be your first choice if you want to go all the way and experience the icy, steep environments.

What techniques can you use?

First off, it is important to respect other people who might use the same trail like your hiking crew. You especially need to watch out for skiers, which cannot change their path as easily as a snowshoe hiker.
If your next snowshoe hike is your first, get to know your snowshoes by walking on flat or rolling ground. This way you can learn how it feels to walk while using your snowshoes. If you are still feeling insecure, you can use poles to assist you during your hike. Depending on if you are going uphill or downhill, there are different things to keep in mind. For uphill trails, place your poles in front of you. Do not stomp on the snow, place your feet carefully. Logically if you are going downhill, try to shift your bodyweight back and bend your knees a little bit.

You see, snowshoe hiking is a very exciting and easy winter sport for all different kinds of hikers. During your next winter vacation in a snowy environment you should definitely try out snowshoeing if you want to experience snow in a whole new way.

 

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