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Thursday, January 06, 2011

Snow overnighter

The Epiphany and good weather gave the opportunity for the first winter overnighter with Peter of this winter for me. I was a little worried as I'm not 100% cure after the flu, but I didn't want to miss this as worse weather is looming, or has been looming. Fortunately the latest weather forecasts have been coming true poorly, and actually I don't believe that there will be a lot of above 0°C conditions. AO index is very negative so it's more likely that the hardest part of winter is still ahead.

The main purpose was to test my new winter gear and train and prepare for our forthcoming epic adventure called Ice Journey. But of course this was to be a little adventure in itself and snowy conditions provided a lot of fun.

My bike packed and ready to go:

 

Meeting Peter in Piikkiö:

 

And into the dark forest and trails. I just love this stuff! It's dark but our lights are brilliant!

 

Peter rode with his Pugsley some parts pretty easily. I had to push my bike for the most of the time, here's a video:

 

Lots of snow and a nice hard bike-push to the lean-to:

 

 

Peter cooking some pancakes:

 

Here's my sleeping system. A cheap winter sleeping pad, AlplKit bivvy bag, Halti Airlite 450 sleeping pad, KingCamp pillow and Marmot Never Summer sleeping bag. I'm really satisfied with this system. I slept fairly well, althought my feet were a little cold, but that is easily fixed with a warm water bottle.

 

Snow = bliss:

 

We had a lot of fun riding in snow. Fat bikes are amazing, here you can see how easily Peter rides his Pugsley. (Peter will have more videos in his blog later).

It snowed a little during the night, and the streets were covered for my riding back home:

 

A slideshow of a couple of more photos is here.

What an overnighter again! Thanks to Peter for a great company. I will update this report later in the coming weekend, with more thoughts on gear, stay tuned.

LATER EDIT: Overall I'm very satisfied of my winter gear. The Marmot Never Summer sleeping bag is very warm and nice. The Alpkit Airlok Xtra drybags are very good for packing and carrying stuff with bike. I will add bottle cages to front fork and purchase a small cookset and cutlery set.

Some of the photos are not so good as I hoped, apparently my hands were a little too shaky. The Olympus uTough-8000 is 12MP camera but the overall picture quality is not very good. But it's enough for my purpose at the moment.

By Toni at 14:33 | Permalink |
Edited on: Tuesday, January 11, 2011 19:38
Category: Adventures