Solestar Hiking Insole Review

A couple of months ago, I got into contact with the German company Solestar which manufactures insoles for different types of sports. They have just launched a new hiking-specific insole and I was eager to test it – not least because the original insoles in my Lowa Innox shoes started showing signs of wear and… Read More »

Solestar Hiking Insole - The insoles

Croda Negra Trail near Cortina d’Ampezzo – Hiking the Alps

For our second hike in the Dolomites in northern Italy we made our way up and around the Croda Negra (“the black spire”) mountain from the Falzarego pass, which was also the starting point for our hike to the Laguzoi summit the day before. While the Laguzoi trail takes you northeast of… Read More »

Croda Negra Trail - Landscape

How to use barometer on a Suunto watch to predict the weather?

Many Suunto watches are equipped with a barometer which is indeed a very useful feature because it allows you to predict the weather and alerts you if thunderstorms are developing. A barometer measures atmospheric pressure which is the weight of the air from the top of atmosphere all the way down to you. Since the… Read More »

How to use barometer on a Suunto watch

Experiment: Does Polyester Really Dry Faster Than Merino Wool?

High quality hiking base layers are these days made either of polyester or Merino wool and online you will find a lot of information about these two materials, especially pros and cons. Polyester is labeled as quick-drying, durable, light and cheap while Merino wool is considered breathable, pleasant to the touch and extremely moisture-wicking. Many… Read More »

Polyester vs Merino Drying Time - Experiment

Vrtaca Wertatscha Trail – Hiking the Alps

After climbing the 2164 meters high Batognica in the Julian Alps in Slovenia, we decided to continue our “Hiking the Alps” tour by ascending a peak called Vrtaca (Wertatscha in German). Vrtaca is a 2181 meters high peak in the Karawanks, on the border between Slovenia and Austria. The Karawanks mountain range… Read More »

Vrtaca Trail - The top

How to Train for Hiking and Backpacking – A Beginner’s Guide

Hiking and backpacking are often strenuous activities and thus require that you are in a good shape. However, many people underestimate how strenuous hiking and backpacking are and consequently venture out unprepared. Going on a trail that exceeds your physical capabilities is not only unpleasant but also dangerous. Every year many hikers are evacuated from… Read More »

How to Train for Hiking and Backpacking

Batognica Trail – Hiking the Alps

Batognica is a 2164 meters high mountain in the Julian Alps in Slovenia. It lies just next to the 2244 meters high Krn which is much more popular. Batognica is, however, a very interesting mountain – also historically. In the First World War Batognica was occupied by both Austro-Hungarian troops and Italian troops which… Read More »

Batognica Trail - View from Batognica

How to Pack Lighter for Hiking and Backpacking?

To pack light for hiking and backpacking is a great advantage as you will be faster and less exhausted with a light backpack. In 2010 University of Wollongong in Australia executed an experiment in which they measured the effect of load mass (backpack’s weight) on the posture, heart rate and subjective responses of recreational female… Read More »

How to Pack Lighter for Hiking and Backpacking

How to Adjust to High Altitudes

Activities at high altitudes like mountaineering, climbing and mountain hiking are fun and exhilarating.  But as you go higher, the air’s content of oxygen decreases. However, your muscles need the same amount of oxygen whether you are at sea level or at 10.000 feet. Therefore, you will be slower at high altitudes, whether you are… Read More »

How to Adjust to High Altitudes