How a Keel / Skeg affects the direction of a packraft

Here is a short video about the Alpacka Raft Gnarwhal and an attached Keel or Skeg which we have tested in our HikeVentures Labs. In the video you will see the difference between using a Keel and not using a Keel. After the packraft has accelerated and you stop paddling the boat keeps it's direction with the rudder attached on it.

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Alpacka Raft Gnarwhal self bailer Test and Review

Last weekend I went to the the Liesjärvi National Park to test my new Alpacka Raft Gnarwhal self bailer which I ordered from Packraft Europe. Before I upgraded to the Gnarwhal I had the Alpacka Raft Yak for many years which I used on rivers, lakes and in the see. I am 180 cm tall and ordered the model in size L. Here is a short test / review and I will add more information to this article over the time.

Alpacka Raft Gnarwhal Selfbailer

Scandinavian Outdoor Group Interview

Sofia Karlström tells us in an interview the background and the purpose of the Scandinavian Outdoor Group at the OutDoor Show in Friedrichshafen.


Pfahlbau Museum Unteruhldingen

On my last trip to Germany I was visiting the Pfahlbau museum in Unteruhldingen at the Lake of Constance which is an UNESCO World Heritage site. The original houses has been build around 4000 BC and 850 BC.

Pfahlbaumuseum Unteruhldingen

Lemmenlaakson Luontopolku – Hiking in Järvenpää

Recently, I moved from Turku to Järvenpää and was looking for new hiking possibilities in the area. My wife, who is originally from this area recommended me to visit the Lemmenlaakson nature park just a few minutes drive away from the town center.

The highlights of the Lemmenlaakson nature park is the small river which flows through the park, a few information points, a Lava where it's possible to make a fire and stay over night and a Frisbeegolfrata. I would say that Lemmenlaakso offers a good opportunity to bring your kids outdoors since the Lava is also accessible with the car. Information about the park can also be found here.

Lemmenlaakson Luontopolku Hiking Järvenpää retki

Aputure F7

The best Video LED Light for Sony A7III, A9 or A6500

In this article I would like to present the best video led lights which I would use together with my Sony A7III. They can of course also be used on any other camera such as the Sony A9 or Sony A6500 or any other brand. As I usually shoot videos on trade shows or during trips I prefer to have a video led which is portable, lightweight and easy to charge.

My favorite Vide LED light for traveling with my Sony A7III is the Aputure F7 as it offers lots of power, Kelvin can be adjusted and can be powered with a USB Power bank such as the Anker PowerCore+ which can also charge your MacBook Pro.