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And the winner is…LighthikerRandomOrg_Winner

Mon, 18 Apr 2011 14:59:56 +0000

… #111! T.J. Hart you are the lucky winner and I will send the Cuben sacks to Canada! Thanks a lot to all who participated! And remember even if you had no luck: If you are able to join the UL group meeting in Cologne on May 1 you will surely win as we have […]

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“This or That?” Dual Raffle sponsored by Laufbursche GearLighthikerLaufbursche Cuben Fiber Hip PouchLaufbursche Cuben Fiber SacksFlattr this

Thu, 31 Mar 2011 22:01:21 +0000


Via Alpina: Stage information updatedLighthiker

Wed, 23 Mar 2011 17:34:27 +0000

I just wanted to let everyone know that I updated my Via Alpina stage information to reflect the hiking stages along this route during the past three years (2007-2010). It covers updated route and accomodation information (in German!) for the Via Alpina stages B1-B26 (yellow trail) and R69-R91 (red trail) plus some information how to […]

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Seasonal greetings…Lighthiker

Wed, 22 Dec 2010 13:14:27 +0000

Looking at my deserted blog I saw that may last contribution dated from end of October… shame on me! I can tell you that I’m still following closely what is going on in our little world and have many ideas in mind for future articles but from a prioritization point of view there are things […]

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Something to play with: LB TP 2.0 shelterLighthikerTanzpalast 2.0 packedTanzpalast 2.0 - unpackedTanzpalast 2.0: Bad weather modeTanzpalast 2.0 - Bad weather modeTanspalast 2.0 - Tarp modeTanzpalast 2.0 - view underneathTanzpalast 2.0 - Tarpshelter modeTanzpalast 2.0 - Open doorTanzpalast 2.0 - ZipperFlattr this

Thu, 21 Oct 2010 15:59:36 +0000

Disclaimer: The following product is a prototype and not available for sale! The mission: Design a lightweight, stable tarp(shelter) which can be used for 2 persons plus baggage and works in a wide range of conditions (read: not Californian summer only). I do really like my Tarptent Double Rainbow. It is a rock solid and […]

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Unfulfilled promises: Light TalkLighthikerUnfulfilled PromisesFlattr this

Fri, 01 Oct 2010 10:54:44 +0000

Once upon a time… I had the idea for a series of podcasts with the main contributors of the cottage industries. An ambitious project with a focus not so much on the gear itself but more about what is going on “behind the scenes” in those companies, the reasons for their success, the motivation of […]

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Little shelter updates: Lightheart Gear Solo Cuben and Gossamer Gear LodgeLighthikerLightheart Gear Solo CubenGossamer Gear LodgeFlattr this

Wed, 29 Sep 2010 15:06:44 +0000

About 1.5 years ago I wrote the first time about a cottage company called Lightheart Gear who just released their first 1 person shelter called the Solo back then. Since that time they created the 2 person version (quite naturally called Duo) of it and now they released a new Cuben Fiber version at their […]

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Cottage producer: Bear Paw TentsLighthikerBear Paw TentsFlattr this

Tue, 21 Sep 2010 17:16:15 +0000

If you see a paw logo on a website and you are living in Germany you instantly think about a company you normally don’t like but this is a different story. Bear Paw Tents is a kind of unique mixture. First of all their sell their own line of tents, tarps and inner nettings. Additionally […]

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Watching movies…Edward Abbey, David Horton and Shane O’DonnellLighthikerEdward Abbey - A voice in the wildernessDavid Horton - The RunnerWizards of the PCTFlattr this

Mon, 23 Aug 2010 10:42:58 +0000

It has been a while ago that I posted something on Outdoor/Hiking related movies but given the fact that my wife is currently out with the kid and the weather was miserable I had the chance to watch a few. Let’s walk from old to new… Edward Abbey: A Voice in the Wilderness is a […]

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Via Alpina 2010: Gear wrap-upLighthikerheavy-hikerFlattr thisFlattr this

Mon, 09 Aug 2010 14:37:24 +0000

Well, my two weeks hike along the Via Alpina is the longest timeframe in a row I get “approved” by my boss and the family once a year and also my little kind of testing laboratory for gear. What works for a weekend outing does not necessarily perform as good over a longer period and […]

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nPower PEG or end user frustrations plus a thanks for the ODS captureLighthikernPower PEG

Mon, 02 Aug 2010 11:38:13 +0000

Sorry about my rambling in advance but the following is so typical when you are interested in new gear… I wrote about the nPower PEG already as the concept using kinetic energy sounds a bit exotic but if it fulfills the promises it has the potential replacing a charger, solar panels, batteries and the like. […]

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Just found: Hyperlite Mountain Gear and Laufbursche blogLighthikerHMG LogoFlattr thisHMG Echo 1 tarp with nettingHMG Windrider 1 packLaufbursche Blog LogoFlattr this

Wed, 14 Jul 2010 00:51:06 +0000

Just before I’m heading off to the gear nirvana at the OutDoor show I came across this new (at least to me) manufacturer for UL equipment. Hyperlite Mountain Gear is located in Kennebunk, Maine and opened its shop on June 24th. They focus their offerings around their modular Echo tarps (1 or 2 person version) […]

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OutDoor show: The lightweight previewLighthikerOutDoor PartyFlattr thisArc'teryx CierzoBlack Diamond - Ultra Distance Z-PoleThermarest - NeoAir TrekkerCraft - Mesh SuperlightMontane - SpektrTerra Nova - Laser Ultra 1Flattr this

Tue, 06 Jul 2010 15:05:40 +0000

In almost a week from now the OutDoor show is starting again. As mentioned before I will not be able to write a detailed report like in the past years but instead Twitter my way through the halls so please either subscribe to my Twitter channel or check the left side of my blog periodically […]

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Hiking with Leatherman and StyleLighthikerLeatherman StyleLeatherman Style and Victorinox Classic comparison

Wed, 23 Jun 2010 13:45:44 +0000

If there would be one word existing which would describe a hiker carrying useless heavy gear this could well be Leatherman. Well known for their heavy multi-functional tools they represent the antipode to hiking lightweight. But your perception might change with the arrival of the new Leatherman Style knife. Cut down to the essentials and […]

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Monatauk Gnat vs. Fire-Maple FMS-116TLighthikerMonatauk GnatFire-Maple FMS-116T

Thu, 10 Jun 2010 14:59:46 +0000

Slightly confused about the two pictures above? Me to and they are the result of the fact that only a handful (if not even less) companies do exist in China that actually produce stoves and the rest of the story is that companies put their logo on and sell them as “their” products. It is […]

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OutDoor Show: Less than two months to goLighthikerOutDoor LogoFlattr thisKupilka_Cutlery setBamboo-Carbon_Poles

Fri, 21 May 2010 13:14:53 +0000

Almost another year flew by and it is time again to set your mindset and get ready for the next OutDoor show in Friedrichshafen. The major Outdoor gear event in Europe and a must visit. I hope seeing some other lightweight gear fanatics there and announcement of new gear to come are already rolling in […]

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Laufbursche huckePACK – First impressionsLighthikerFlattr this

Mon, 17 May 2010 10:42:00 +0000

After my close inspection of my new huckePACK pack from Laufbursche I had some weekends to test him in the Outdoors. My initial thoughts got fully verified. It is one of the most comfortable (if not the most comfortable) lightweight backpack I ever carried. He fits me like a glove and transfers the load very […]

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Laufbursche huckePACK or Sewing as an artLighthiker Laufbursche: huckePACK LogoFlattr thishuckePACK BottomhuckePACK bottom sealhukePACK: Quick release fastenershukePACK: Two loops securinghuckePACK: Hipbelt pocketLaufbursche: TanzpalastFlattr this

Mon, 03 May 2010 11:15:49 +0000

Mateusz drove me crazy. He is the inventor, designer and sewing worker behind a (hopefully soon to be formally established) German cottage company called Laufbursche. His huckePACK backpack pretty quickly became the object of desire for lightweight gear aficionados in Europe. Despite the fact that his company is not public yet they bombarded him with […]

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Gary Mittelholtz is deadLighthikerGary Middelholtz

Fri, 19 Mar 2010 10:37:13 +0000

I am not sure if you know Gary Mittelholtz. I had the privilege talking to him on a few occasions. He was the producer of the Doing Stuff Outdoors podcast which was the result of his passion on all topics related to the Outdoors and he called himself: “Gary – The Outdoors Guy”. He suddenly […]

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