Tuesday, January 31, 2012


It has been sunny so far - but also cold and windy. Eastern winds make a strong cold. But the light is beautiful. There's nothing more to say.

One POI on Sylt

Sunday, January 29, 2012


Yes, it's cold outside. But it will get cozy since we have things in place to make it warm...


Sunday, January 22, 2012


Another step: reducing the size of my towel. I simply cut it into two halves and had the edges sewed (thanks for the support!).

Result: reducing the weight from 94g (I used the case with the towel which was nonsense) down to just 32g.

sewing does help reducing weight

Saturday, January 21, 2012


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Sunday, January 15, 2012


After all there is sunhine.

at the harbour


The next one: the headlamp. We discovered that we did not very often had a real need to use a headlamp. It helps if you have to step out the tent during the night, and only once we really needed a light to secure our tent during a storm at night. Therefore some guys take a very minimalist lamp with them which of course does not weight much. But my requirement still is to carry a lamp with me that can be used for signaling in emergency cases. Therefore I'm not fine in stripping down the whole thing that much. Furthermore it should be able to give me at least a couple of hours of light. And as always: it shouldn't be too heavy.

After doing a bit of market research I ended up with the MAMMUT S-LITE headlamp. From my point of view it comes along with a couple of good features:

  1. It's cheap. It's about 20€, enough evidence that light trekking does not necessarily mean high pricing.
  2. It's weight is just 48g with battery, 22g without it.
  3. It uses 1x AA battery. I like using the rechargeable eneloop batteries.
  4. Flood light range: 18m
  5. Duration: 80hrs in flood-light low
  6. 3 flood light modes, 1 additional signal mode
So I replaced my current headlamp with it and I'm more than satisfied after testing it for a couple of weeks now. And the result is: another 26g saved!

Downsizing the headlamp

Sunday, January 01, 2012


Sewing skills do help. I sewed a case for my jackknife and ended up with just 30g for knife + case.

Jackknife case - sewing improves gear