Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Marttila excursion n:o 5
Friday of last week was a free day off from work, so it was also a chance to do another overnighter. Thursday was also my birthday so it was nice to celebrate it with an excursion to the Wilderness of Marttila. As the title says, this was my 5th time there, and I think there is a lot more to come. The place is so blissful.
The reclamation was succesful for my previous tent, McKinley Enduro Ultralight, and I was able to change it to a slightly larger McKinley Compact Light 2 tent. The plan was of course to test it and find a nice camping spot.
A very nice evening, and a beautiful sunset in progress...
Approaching the wilderness...
The trails were wet and very soft near the bog of Orhijoenrahka, but the 907 floated really easily across them!
Getting closer to my destination, the lookout spot near Juomakivenrahka.
I was welcomed with beautiful landscapes right after the sunset.
The camping spot. The tent is easy and fast to pitch and I was quickly safe from the mosquitoes that were keeping company.
The new tent is certainly better than the previous one. Inner and outer tent, more room, separate pockets for gear.
I went to sleep somewhere in the midnight.
I set alarm for the early morning and sunrise. Waking up early was worth it, the morning was stunning.
I went for a short ride down to the bog. Landscape awesomeness!
Cranberry (Vaccinium oxycoccos).
I rode back to my tent and slept for a couple of hours. After that the usual morning coffee and porridge.
Time to leave and head home.
One of the best overnighter so far. The only thing that didn't work properly was the front brake of my 907 but as writing this the problem has been sorted out. Next time I hope to do a little longer outing.
The slideshow of photos is here.
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Monday, June 06, 2011
Another Marttila outing
Yeah wilderness! The wilderness of Marttila, the paradise next to my home. Last weekend it was time to do an overnighter there again. This time I had also a new tent, McKinley Enduro Ultralight, with me, so this was a good chance to test it. There are many good reasons to have a tent with bikepacking trips: mosquitoes, rain, virtually camp-anywhere-you-want. Tent camping gives also much better possibilities for sunset and sunrise photographing. I had this in my mind for this outing.
I was again late for the sunset in Marttila, but no worries, the evening was stunning.
My plan was to ride near one of the bogs and camp there. I didn't have lights this time so I ride in the twilight. Pretty exciting!
After rather challenging but really fun trail riding and little lenghty boardwalk bikepush I arrived at Hirvikallio, and pitched the tent.
The weather forecast had some rain showers in the menu for the night, and they should be over before the morning. And that exactly happened. Otherwise I slept reasonable well. It rained during the sunrise so no photos of that this time.
The tent is really ultralight, however, in the morning I noticed that it isn't fully waterproof. It leaks slightly from the seams. Reclamation will be done for sure...
Very nice landscapes from the top of Hirvikallio.
Marsh tea (Ledum palustre):
And more landscapes...
Enjoying the views with the morning coffee and porridge.
Time to move and head home.
Really nice overnighter. There are still more trails to be ridden, that is for the next time.
The usual slideshow link.