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Moucherotte Trail near Grenoble – Hiking the Alps

In April 2017 we were travelling around France and on our way we also stopped in Grenoble. Grenoble is a quite big city in southeastern France which lies at the foot of the French Alps. Being so close to the Alps, we of course wanted to go hiking there. After a brief research we… Read More »

Moucherotte Trail - View towards south

Hiking Sleeping Equipment Guide – How to choose the right sleeping equipment?

Hiking trips lasting more than one day usually require sleeping equipment so that you can stay comfortable and warm during the nights in the outdoors. Many of those who are new to hiking, as well as some experienced hikers, are uncertain about exactly what sleeping equipment to use on their trips. Therefore, we made this… Read More »

Hiking Sleeping Equipment Guide

Best Backpacking Quilts for 2017

Quilts are becoming increasingly popular among hikers, backpackers and mountaineers because they are lighter, less bulky and more adaptable than mummy sleeping bags. Unlike a sleeping bag, a quilt leaves your back in direct contact with the sleeping pad (the bottom of the quilt is open) and doesn’t have any zipper. However, it is typically… Read More »

Sea to Summit Ember Quilt

Best Sleeping Bag Liners for 2017

A sleeping bag liner is a fairly thin and lightweight cloth sack designed to be slipped inside a sleeping bag. It keeps your sleeping bag clean and free of body oils and thus increases its thermal efficiency since body oils decrease the loft and warmth of a sleeping bag. A sleeping bag liner can be… Read More »

Alps Mountaineering Mummy Liner

Best Hiking Shorts for 2017

A pair of high-quality shorts is very useful for hiking in warm weather because it typically provides better ventilation, comfort and freedom of movement than regular pants. However, shorts should be used only for hiking on well-groomed and technically undemanding trails where protection against vegetation and terrain (rocks, cliffs etc.) is not required. In this… Read More »

Columbia Silver Ridge Cargo Hiking Shorts

Outdoor Watches – Thoughts on Features and Trends

Outdoor watches are becoming increasingly popular as they do not only show time but also provide valuable information (altitude, weather etc.) which makes activities in nature such as hiking, backpacking and mountaineering easier and safer. The term “outdoor watch” is indeed very ambiguous – across the internet you will find many different definitions of what… Read More »

Outdoor Watches - Features and Trends

Mountain Hardwear Monkey Man Grid II Fleece Jacket – First Hand Review

A fleece jackets is a very useful garment for hiking because it provides light-weight insulation and can be worn as a mid-layer in cold and/or rainy weather conditions or as an outer layer in dry and moderate weather conditions. Towards the end of 2016 my old fleece jacket, made of Polartec Stretch fabric, started to… Read More »

Mountain Hardwear Monkey Man - Front Side

Casio Pro Trek Smart WSD-F20 – Outdoor GPS Watch with Android Wear 2.0

For many, Casio might stand as the quintessential manufacturer of high quality sports watches, but regrettably the brand has fallen behind the competition (namely Suunto and Garmin) in the area of outdoor watches. Until 2012 Casio Pro Trek watches offered features and functionality comparable to Suunto’s outdoor watches such as Suunto Core (first released in… Read More »

Casio Pro Trek Smart

Garmin inReach – Handheld Communication and Navigation Device

In the beginning of January 2017 Garmin announced two new products; the Fenix 5 GPS watches and the Garmin inReach handheld satellite communication and navigation devices. While the Garmin Fenix series watches have been on the market since 2012, the inReach devices are the first satellite messengers (devices designed for communication where GSM signal is… Read More »


Grubereck Trail in Rauris Valley – Hiking the Alps

In the beginning of 2017 we spent a couple of days in the Austrian village Rauris where we hiked, climbed mountains and skied. Our first hike there went to the 2167 meters high Grubereck mountain which lies north-east of the village. We decided to climb the Grubereck peak because the trail starts in… Read More »

Grubereck Trail - Sladinkopf and Bernkogel