Saturday, October 15, 2011

Fall overnighter with the kids

We really wanted to go out on another overnighter before it would become too cold for the gear I have for the kids. However, we had only a few available weekends and the unusually rainy weather several times prevented us from going. The evenings and mornings are also getting increasingly darker, and while I realize that going out for an overnighter in the rain and darkness provides a good way to practice misery, I think the my boys won't appreciate that for another few years. Still, the rain finally stopped and the weather forecast showed a few days with no rain and crisper temperatures. Time for an overnighter.

We chose Mathildedal again for an easy location where there would be several possible fire places, should one already be occupied (which at this time of the year is unlikely). We got into the car a little over five in the Friday afternoon and started walking at 18:15. Sunset was at 18:30, so there was not much daylight available, hence the need for a fireplace (the everyman's right in Finland does not allow you to make a fire except in designated places).

After checking out the first possible tent site, we decided to continue to the one we used five weeks earlier. That site is on a small island accessible by a boardwalk and provides a view in all directions except north. The light disappeared rapidly and we soon had to put on our headlamps. I set up the tent and then started a fire for warmth, feel and to grill our sandwhiches. We spent a nice amount of quality time next to the fire.

The boys then went into the tent and read a little, while I took a few pictures. The moon was full just a few days earlier, so there was some potential for photography. This time I brought one of my bicycle lights to illuminate the tent, so there was no problem reading inside the tent.

We went to sleep some time between ten and eleven in the evening. I had brought a down west and down jacket to put on top of the kids sleeping bags for extra warmth, since the forecasted night temperature would be slightly low for the sleeping bags. The temperature did probably not go below freezing and was slightly higher in the tent, but the lake was close enough to keep the humidity high, making the air feel chilly. Luckily, the boys were warm and comfortable the entire night.

I got up and checked the weather a little over seven in the morning, but there was enough clouds to prevent any meaningful photography. Instead we just ate our breakfast consisting of coffee / hot chokolate and sandwhiches.

A little before eight (sunrise was at 8:07) I went out to see if the sunrise would be interesting. Often when there are lots of clouds, but still not a full cloud cover, the sun can give some interesting cloud colors for a short while.

For a few minutes the sky was on fire.

The tent spot.

The morning was chilly, so the boys got to use my down west and down jacket.

Surely I will be kicked out from the lightpacking communities now. The 80 liter Berghaus Extreme backpack was almost full.

On the move again.

The cranberries were finally ripe and very tasty.


Gissa bajset! ("Guess the poo", a recurring theme in a popular Swedish nature TV program for kids).

Chanterelles at the same place as last time.

Just a short walk back to the car. Again I had some real quality time with the kids and I think we can aim for something a little more advanced next summer. We've already talked about doing some walking in the Norwegians fjells...


  1. Wow, igen är jag helt mållös efter att ha sett dina bilder. Vad härligt det måste ha varit för pojkarna.

  2. Nice pics, and a lovely trip! It seems we've both been out with the kids the same weekend, I went for an overnighter with my son and returned today. The darkness is good for a change, especially when combined with a camp fire!

  3. I bought a 75 ltr Osprey for backpacking with the kids this year - someone has to carry all the stuff! :-) Actually those Berghaus packs have a great reputation in the climbing community - they are quite light for the size. I had an earlier version - bought in 1990 and the back system is so great they haven't really changed it since. My one still gets used very occasionally, 20 years on.

  4. The Berghaus backpack is actually quite ok. It is comfortable and at 1.8 kg not horribly heavy, while still having lots of space. I bought it some six years ago.

  5. I want to ensure my little girl gets to go wild camping a lot as she grows up. Reading about your trips with the children is helpful and insightful. Thanks for that.

    PS Photos are superb.

  6. Lucky kids :D

    Regarding winter camping with kids, we simply put their three season sleeping bags inside our summer bags.


  7. Yes, I do have some spare (old) sleeping bags which I intend to use with the kids' summer bags during the winter. I think I will have to use pulk to get all the winter gear with me, though.

  8. I would swear you're right here in northern Minnesota. The terrain looks identical!

  9. Beautiful! Really nice photography...

  10. Your kids are so lucky to be able to enjoy such trips with you. They will help shape their lives as they grow up.