Just wanted to do a quick post with some updates on what's going on with this blog and my backpacking life in general.
I am going on a 3 day trip to cover more of the E1 trails this coming weekend, which of course I am very excited about. I hope to complete at least two, maybe three sections of trail, and trip reports will follow soon after.
The weather has been very inconsistent this year, even for south-west Sweden (known for unpredictable weather, especially in spring/fall). There have been days recently where it has been 20C and sunny out, with nights around 5-10C. Now all of a sudden it looks like it will drop to as low as -4C at night in the area I will be traveling through. This would be nearly as cold as it was at night on my last section hike over a month ago, when it was -6C at night! I was ready to put my warmer (rated -1C) sleeping bag away in favor for my 1+ season bag (rated 5C), but looks like it will still get some use into late spring.
Speaking of sleeping bags, I recently bought some material to make a summer sleeping bag, which I will also be using as a bag liner for winter/cold trips. I hope to make something that will not only have more effective warmth than say a thin base layer, but also be more light weight. The materials arrived yesterday, and I am very excited about this project. It will be a top layer of M90, which is quite breathable, then a top layer of synthetic insulation (2.5oz Climashield Apex), which will be both sewn onto a silk liner. I will write a detailed post about this project, and naturally with lots of pictures, when it is completed.