Torekov gear testing

Like Hendrik, I had the chance to get away for a quick over night trip. The focus of the trip was very much on testing some gear for up coming longer trips. I chose the location of my last visit the Bjärehalvön Penisula to explore and with temps around negative 10 at night it would be a good test of the clothing and sleeping gear. However, I was more interested in using the MLD Trailstar for its first trip along with the Aarn Marathon Magic 33.

After alighting from the bus I headed through the quiet streets of Torekov, these streets would normally be very busy in summer but at 10 am on a cold friday morning it was quiet. I sat for a while looking out to sea and watching a large Coast Guard vessel pass between the mainland and Hallands Väderö (in Swedish). It was then south along the coast with a calm sea to right, the sun in my face and the ground covered in snow or frozen water. The ice patches were thick and slippery and care was required with every step, however, I was soon warming up in the sunshine regretting not having packed either sun glasses or a peak caped.

A short stop allowed me to take a look at the view and made me realise how beautiful the coast was in the winter sunshine.

The remainder of the day passed uneventfully with my mind on the evening campsite and beginning to wonder how far below the surface would the ground be frozen, would I be able to get a peg in the ground, why did I not pack some Ti nails, would the water pump be working …. As I walked it was also obvious that very few people were out, even the dog walkers were noticeable for the absence.

I arrived at camp and quickly grabbed a 9” Easton alloy stake and started walking around pushing it into the ground, some spots were rock hard and others were less so, finding a spot on the east side of the trees to get the early morning sun and I set up the trail star, it was an easy task and though it required some adjustment I was pleased with the speed of the set up and reflected upon how in wet weather it would be easy to get some shelter quickly.

Having set up camp layed out my bivy and mattress, I spent some time just looking out to sea and enjoying the last of the afternoon sunshine.

A wander around the area soon found enough firewood for the stove and as the sun began to set I started a fire in the caldera inferno to cook dinner.

By the time dinner was finished, the sun was setting behind Kullaberg Naturreservet and the air was cooling. I wandered around for a while enjoying the peace, only punctuated by the bird song from Inre Gryteskär. I headed to bed and was soon asleep, as the night wore on even with a 1/4″ Gossamer Gear Thinlight under my neo air there was some sense of coolness but I was never cold and slept till about 7:30 before the sun begun to brighten an already bright Trailstar, I love the yellow colour.

After breakfast in bed I set about packing up and after a further hours walk I was at the bus stop and 4 hours later at home.

It had been a very pleasant and relaxing walk and whilst it was old ground the scenery and the relaxing environment ensured a pleasant trip and one that I will happily do again.


Gear:
As has been stated by other authors, the MLD Trailstar is a great shelter, it is spacious, easy to erect, packs small, and has ample space to move around inside as well as offering a variety of pitches. For this trip I used a ID eVent Overbag wth the Therma rest neoair inside and the Gossamer Gear Thinlight (1/4″ inch mat) underneath on a thin silnylon ground sheet. In warmer weather I probably use a BPL Vapor bivy or Six Moon Designs Meteor bivy for insect protection as well as a draft stopper.

I used a BPL 550 pot partnered with a Ti Tri Caldera Compact Inferno built for the MLD 850.

The pack as mentioned previously was the Aarn Marathon Magic 33 litre pack, I will provide a more detailed report of this pack in a later blog, however, I was very happy with it and enjoyed the experience of carrying the pack.

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14 Responses to Torekov gear testing

  1. Phil says:

    Looks like a great trip Roger. I'd love to be able to cook with wood a bit more in this country – obviously it's possible with stoves like the Bushbuddy that 'contain' things a bit, but it's not the same as a proper open fire. It's one of the (many) reasons I'm really looking forward to my trip to Finland next month actually.I'm interested in the Aarn pack – looks a nice size and the idea of a chest pack is certainly appealing. Looking forward to your write up.

  2. Hendrik M says:

    Very nice, much bird life already around, I can spot a Swan among the Seagulls and what looks like Ducks. Pretty view, and the yellow is great indeed. How do you handle water? The North Sea is obviously salty, do you carry much water with you or is there a spring close by?

  3. Joe says:

    Stunning weather conditions for a night out Roger! Beautiful looking coastline. I miss the sea.I'm really starting to like the look of the Trailstar, even as I sit here waiting for a DuoMid to arrive! Damn Ron Bell and his ability to to keep building desirable stuff!

  4. Roger says:

    Looks great. After reading your trip reports from that area I sure. Have to go there for some days hiking. Will awaiting warmer weather. Love the coast in all conditions and seasons. Like the yellow tarp.

  5. Phil, you can cook with wood almost anywhere in my view, my limits are caused by stealth camping, so wood smoke can be a problem. Not to mention a yellow tarp.The total of 3 litres in the chest pockets of the Aarn is certainly very useful.Hendrik, you are correct that is a swan, there were many along the coast as well as ducks and other water birds, the bird song was a real pleasure to listen to. As for water, most shelter sites have a water pump, though not all pumps work in winter and given this winter has been so cold I was not sure that the pump would work. As well there is often streams or springs that can be used, however, one concern is the amount of farm chemicals in the water.Joe, the trailstar and duo mid are great shelters and I see the benefits of both above the arctic circle. I am undecided which I will take, though I know bug shelter will be critical in July.Thanks Roger, yes love the yellow colour as well as well as the coast, but I think the next trip will be in the forests, further east.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Did you overnight in the actual camp-sight in Torekov or did you carry on along the coast and/or Skåneleden? I've spent quite a few days just nearby the camp-site playing football on the sports grounds when I was a kid. And later, I often passed there since it's part of a favourite stroll around Torekov.Hendrik:In that region, swans often stay over winter. On very harsh winters, I've seen a few poor ones having had their beaks frozen shut or having gotten stuck in the ice. Beats me why they don't go somewhere warmer in the winter./ Karl

  7. Martin Rye says:

    Wildcamping by the sea has to be done. Fantastic. I do like the look of the Trail Star – I don't do tarps but I could have a go with one of those.

  8. Thanks Karl, I camped at Gryteskär shelter near Vejbystrand, though I spent half an hour sitting at Torekov just looking out towards Hallands Väderö in the cold morning sunshine, the harbour was partially iced over and there was not much movement in the town.Martin my two favourite wild camps are mountain tops and by the sea, wherever I am. If you get a chance I recommend you take a look at the trailstar, it is not lighter than the duomid, but I like it for its space and adaptability.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Hi,I personally would not take anything other than a good old-fashioned tent to Lapland. You can run into extended bad weather, rain blowing in from the side and nowhere to hide on the open fells. Being able to get away from mosquitos is another reason. cheers, Ken

  10. Thanks Ken, I tend to agree and will more than likely use the MLD Duo Mid, with a bug inner tent, which will withstand severe weather as well as mosquitos. It also has plenty of space to move around in if confined to the tent by bad weather.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Hi, me again – a quick question. You're using Pacer poles, right? Also as the poles for your shelter? How are they for that purpose ? (I also have Pacer poles).Ken.

  12. Hi Ken, I have had no problems with Pacer Poles, either with the Trailstar or the MLD Duo Mid.For the Trailstar, I put the handle up into the roof, whilst for the DuoMid I use the handle on the ground with the pole jack into the roof. In both cases I have not experienced any movement during the night.Hope this helps.Roger

  13. Anonymous says:

    Hi, me again – a quick question. You're using Pacer poles, right? Also as the poles for your shelter? How are they for that purpose ? (I also have Pacer poles).Ken.

  14. Martin Rye says:

    Wildcamping by the sea has to be done. Fantastic. I do like the look of the Trail Star – I don't do tarps but I could have a go with one of those.

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