Saturday, July 6, 2019

Cesar's Guide to Glaskogen Nature Reserve




Introduction

Glaskogen is a large (240 square km) nature reserve in Sweden's Värmland county.  The reserve has a variety of marked and unmarked hiking trails throughout its wilderness, as well as many backwoods dirt and/or gravel roads, lumber roads, and some normal roads as well.  The reserve is also a popular destination for canoeing/kayaking and car camping due to its many lakes/ponds and rivers/streams.  There are a variety of ways hikers can choose to get to Glaskogen, and the best way to think of hiking this nature reserve is to treat it as a "choose your own adventure" type experience due to its many options.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Our Ultralight and Deluxe Cook Kit for Two



My wife and I are getting ready for another section hike, putting the finishing touches on our gear and food.  One kit we've been quite happy with over the years has been our cooking set-up, and we recently added a small but amazing upgrade to it: the option to drink fresh-brewed, real coffee!  So I'll break down all the items in the kit and offer some brief commentary as well.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

How I Pitch Tarp Shelters

A few weeks ago I watched a great how-to video on pitching a tarp by Joe Brewer that inspired me to finally get around to making my own take on this type of video, which we'll get to soon.  But first some context can be helpful.  I mean, if there's already one good video on this subject, why bother making another one?  Well, there are all sorts of different versions of this video on Youtube, because if you ask 10 different outdoor enthusiasts how they pitch a tarp, you'll likely get 10 different answers.  

There are a lot of details and nuances that go into setting up this kind of shelter.  For example, there are all sorts of different kinds of tarps, from a wide variety of fabric, to what size they are, and then down to nitty-gritty details like number of tie out points, flat or cat-cut, weight, etc.  Adding location and application to the mix, and one can see just how complicated this can be, especially for someone who is inexperienced with the outdoors.  


Sunday, May 27, 2018

My 2018 Updated Clothing Worn and Packed for Summer


Several months ago I posted a big breakdown of my updated winter, spring, and fall outfits for wilderness backpacking.  Well it's also been a while since I posted about my summer outfits, and I recently came back from a great section hike where I was really happy with how my clothing performed, so let's do this.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Cesar's Guide to Pilgrimsleden Värmland, part 1




Introduction

Pilgrimsleden Värmland is a trail that runs from the border of Västra Götaland in the south, goes across Värmland, and ends at the Norwegian border in the north.  This trail is also part of my alternative E1 trail system, The Troll Trail.  This guide covers the section from the Edsleskog Loop to the southern end of the Glaskogens nature reserve, hiking northbound.  This section is about 50km long--from the first trail shelter to the last one of this trip--but can vary depending on how you hike it.  There are areas that are not marked or poorly marked, and much of the trail markers are very old and rundown.  In general this is a trail less taken, and this can offer certain benefits, but the trail itself at times is in dire need of trail maintenance.  But overall it was quite a nice hike.