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    Default Living outside in Finland for 2-3 months?

    Hi.
    Can someone recommend me a good tent for that purpose? Some good backpack and sleeping bag?


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    Might want to look at these...
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    I buy most of my camping and hiking gear in person, so you being where you are and me being where I am would probably not be much help.

    Please read this --- http://www.wilderness-survival.net/f...out-A-New-Pack the same would apply to your tent and to your sleeping bag.
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    Hilleberg is a reliable brand. They have backpacking models. Found all over Europe.
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    I would like to know if this is summer time or winter time and if women will be going. 'Cause if women will be going I might do winter...nah, I'll still stick with summer but only if there is a Golden Corral nearby. Two to three months is a long time. Probably by the third morning I won't even be able to stand up my arthritis will be so bad. Does Finland have mosquitoes?

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    Finland and Alaska are about the same latitude and climate i that is any help in considering the situation.

    And yep, Finland has its share of mosquitoes during the summer months.
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    Will pity sakes. Next you'll tell me they have bears. This is not looking good at all. You may notice that I was safely behind doors when these pictures were taken of these vicious critters.

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    Second one looks more like you anyway!
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    Depending on your needs, you might prefer a hammock & tarp setup. For instance, if you plan on staying in one spot. Many backpackers are switching to hammocking... It's not always the lightest option, but it can be... Like any system, it all depends on what you want to sacrifice or not. If you're staying in one spot and don't care much about the weight of it, or the cost, the Amok with a large tarp is probably better than ANY tent.

    Advantages of a hammock in general: no rocks or roots under your back, no worries about getting flooded out in the rain you can camp on a hillside or theoretically even over a swamp or on a cliff face if you want (and have the technical knowledge) no ground-pad needed, most people find them very comfortable to sleep in.

    Disadvantages: a hammock system can be heavier, some people can't get comfortable no matter what and there can be a learning curve to getting it setup before it becomes comfortable; it if setup improperly, water can run down your suspension and soak out your gear

    What's the same either way: the lighter and more technologically advanced you want to go, the more costly it gets. 4-season, no problem (I myself hammock camp 4-season, with no heat source, just 850fp goose down quilts)

    It doesn't have to be expensive, but the experience is much better if it is. Most of us can get by just fine with a $30 USD gathered-end parachute Hammock and a standard 1012 foot poly-tarp. Some people sleep better in a bridge hammock rather than a gathered end: you can find out about all the issues and tips at Hammock Forums. Some people with medical issues sleep better in a hammock, while others can't ever get comfortable... Side and belly sleepers find a bridge hammock or an Amok to be the ticket. However, whilst I side and belly sleep in bed, I only back-sleep in a gathered-end hammock unless I'm sick...

    Comfort is very subjective, and this is why many people have issues getting it "dialed in" so it's important to read up before hand, but don't be surprised if it's not perfect the first night. In fact, also don't be surprised if it's perfect for two weeks, and then one hang, suddenly, it's not. Tents are easier in this regard, because your comfort expectations are pretty low to begin with: the range varies from "damn, I woke up stiff" to "****, everything is drenched, AND I'm stiff, PLUS there was a stone under the small of my back all night after my air mattress sprung a leak, and my arm is numb".

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    He's gone WalksN2!

    A guy who left us a flaming bag of dog poo on the porch!

    I am surprised he did not ask if we knew where he could find free land for a homestead in Finland.
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    I agree...Drive by....
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    I cant recommend any tent brands really, we have very different brands here in Southern Africa..
    But yeah I can say it would depend on the seasons you want to camp, and with whom..
    you would want to evaluate those needs, like it's been said if its with a lady.. you may have to get something that would suit her comfort.. unless she likes to rough it.
    If I am hiking and on the trot, I really dislike tents, hammocks and a tarp is far better and smaller and compact..
    infact I even just prefer a tarp, like dd3 tarp.. super light and compact. and a small army puncho for the ground.
    Our climate differs so much even to the point is comfortable in winter to camp like that.
    this is how i prefer to CAMP

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    Quote Originally Posted by kyratshooter View Post
    He's gone WalksN2!

    A guy who left us a flaming bag of dog poo on the porch!

    I am surprised he did not ask if we knew where he could find free land for a homestead in Finland.
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    Are you familiar with Finland? I'm not but if it is on a similar latitude as Alaska, the hammock might not be your best option. The southern parts of the state has trees but if you go north from me, it's a lot of alpine plains and tundra. Not very many big trees.
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    Hmmm yeah, Hammock camping in that climate, I would definitely not advise it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1stimestar View Post
    Are you familiar with Finland? I'm not but if it is on a similar latitude as Alaska, the hammock might not be your best option. The southern parts of the state has trees but if you go north from me, it's a lot of alpine plains and tundra. Not very many big trees.
    I plan to stay around the southern parts. Only thing left is to buy a tent. I just cant decide. I need one good for windy stormy weather. I want to stay there when its winter.
    The ones from above cost too much. At the moment I cant pay more than ~500 for tent

    Do you think I should save more money to buy better tent?

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    Yes, buy a better tent.

    You do not want the people that find your frozen body to think you were a cheapskate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeathAwaits View Post
    I plan to stay around the southern parts. Only thing left is to buy a tent. I just cant decide. I need one good for windy stormy weather. I want to stay there when its winter.
    The ones from above cost too much. At the moment I cant pay more than ~500 for tent

    Do you think I should save more money to buy better tent?
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    Oh good lord. Just SMH.

    Good luck with that.
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