Test Camp for my upcoming Swedish Lapland Hike

The big three, my kitchen and rain gear … what is on my packing list

Preparing for my upcoming Swedish Lapland hike in two weeks time I decided to go on a “test camp” to help me decide what to pack and what not should be placed on my packing list. I specifically want to test my shelter, sleeping system and kitchen in windy conditions. This was to be done south of Copenhagen down on a Danish island called Møn where I have hiked a couple of times before on the trail called Camøno. The weights for this test camp were:

  • total base weight 4.4 kg
  • total pack weight 6.1 kg
  • total skin-out weight 8 kg

Note that these weights do not reflect the weights for my upcoming Swedish Lapland hike 2019

Press the above link to see my “planning” post including maps and elevation graphs etc.

The weather forecast showed that strong Baltic winds would blow in from the south through the night followed by rain on Saturday morning. This was perfect for my purposes so after arriving home from work on Friday afternoon I packed and drove the one and half hour drive down to the island. I arrived at Klintholm Harbour at 19:00 PM in gorgeous late summer weather. From the harbour I only had a short 3 km coastal walk east to my camp at Mandemarke Haver. The camp site has two shelters and there is room for a couple of tents. The site is also included as “accommodation” on The North Sea Trail which runs along the southern and western coasts of Sealand. The length of the trail in Denmark is more than 1.500 km.

At 19:45 PM I arrived and pitched my Hyperlite Mountain Gear Ultamid 2 pyramid tent. I wanted to be organised in time to see the sunset. This is a fantastic spot with great sunrises in the east and beautiful sunsets to the west.

After the fantastic sunset at 20:39 pm moonrise occurred at 21:41 pm and it didn’t disappoint me either. A beautiful orange red colour the moon was apparently at 99%. You can just make out my shelter in the foreground.

The big three for Swedish Lapland 2019

The big three are the shelter, pack and sleeping system. I use the three for three (343) principle which requires that the big three do not weigh more than three kilograms in total. So long as the total weight is not exceeded then the separate items don’t necessarily have to be lightweight. My big three total is 2.9 kg.

SHELTER – 891 g

I was considering taking my Hyperlite Mountain Gear Ultamid 2 shelter. However, I’ve decided that I will be packing my Tarptent Notch instead. Below are my reasons why.

The Ultamid is light (542 g inclusive stuff sack), spacious and can cope with high winds. One down side is that it does not compress well and takes a fair bit of room in my pack, especially if I’m also taking the half insert as well. There are also tent pole considerations. I would either need the HMG pole straps 36 g or the Ruta Locura 600 carbon fiber pole 162 g. Also, I want to take my Black Diamond FLZ trekking poles this time as they collapse nicely and can fit in my backpack. I don’t want to carry my trekking poles as “carry on” luggage again like I did last year on the flight home. However, the Black Diamond FLZ poles do not work well with the pole straps. I wrote about this issue here.

I realize now from last weekends tests that I need a lot more “pitching experience” with this shelter. I combined the Ultamid with the Borah Gear Ultralight Bivy which has a DCF floor (137 g inclusive stuff sack). This turned out to be a great move as the winds were trying to push under the shelter and escape out on the north side creating a slight draft. The Ultamid 2 held up to the test but I need a lot more practice. I want to use this piece of equipment for the next six months through the winter season as well before I take it on any longer hikes.

My Tarptent Notch from 2015 has been well used and proven in gusty storms, snow, winter temperatures down to minus 13℃ and hard rain. You only need 4 stakes to pitch this shelter and it only takes a couple of minutes to do so. I do however use the two apex pull-outs as well adding an extra 2 stakes for set-up. I always seem to sleep very well in this tent. I think it has something to do with the fact that it is not so wide and it feels cosy to be in. The tent also compresses very nicely and it will be stored in one of the side net pockets of my HMG Windrider 3400 backpack. This will be my shelter for for Lapland total 891 grams:

  • 4 ea 6″ MSR Carbon Core stakes @ 6 g ea = 24 g
  • 2 ea 9″ MSR Core stakes @ 14 g ea = 28 g (for the apex pull-outs)
  • stuff sack for stakes 3 g
  • Tarptent Notch with partial solid mesh interior (seam sealed) 836 g

PACK – 942 g

If you follow me on social media then you would of noticed that I was testing some new pieces of gear last weekend.

I recently purchased the Hyberg Bandit 40 Liter ultralight pack and an ultralight waist belt bag, the later from @alpineliteworks on IG.

This is not the pack combination setup I’ll be taking to Northern Sweden. I just couldn’t wait to try them out. I was really happy with the frame-less & no waist-belt pack and bum-bag combination. What a joy to carry … they didn’t take me long to get used to. Although I did miss my HMG packing PODs. I was using a Zpacks pack liner on this test hike which is what I previously used all the time before I made the HMG packing PODs investment.

The Hyperlite Mountain Gear Windrider 3400 backpack will accompany me again this year. If you’re on to a good thing then stick to it they say. This is a 55 liter pack. Using this pack in combination with the HMG packing PODs is a system that works for me. My pack weighs 908 grams. Storing my tent in one of the side pockets will give me lots of room in the pack. I’ve been placing too many items in the large outer net in the past so this choice of shelter and storage method should complement my pack system perfectly. My backpack including shoulder strap pockets totals 942 grams:

SLEEPING – 1075 g

I’ll be using the same sleeping system that I packed last year which includes a quilt that I had custom made by As Tucas in Spain, together with my Therm-a-rest Neoair XLite sleeping pad and my HMG Stuff Sack Pillow. My sleep system totals 1075 grams:

The quilt is a custom order that I had manufactured specifically for my Kungsleden 2018 adventure. The pillow is also a stuff sack for my puffy jacket, two uses.

Other items for Swedish Lapland 2019

KITCHEN – 177 g

After witnessing the beautiful sunset I prepared my evening meal. I have decided that for my Lapland hike that I will not be using my own home-made dehydrated meals, as I normally do, but instead I will be eating purchased meals made by the Swedish brand called Blå Band. Tonight’s meal was Taco Stew. It was very tasty and I was quite impressed with the meal.

The reason for going over to purchased meals is because I want the most compact kitchen I own combined with using gas as fuel. I don’t want to carry a wind shield and so that is the reason for the heavier burner from Soto. The Soto Windmaster has a small igniter on it and thus doesn’t require a lighter or matches. It also doesn’t require a wind shield either as it is almost impossible for strong winds to extinguish the flame. The concave design of the burner head creates the effect of a built-in windscreen.

I also own the BRS 3000T Titanium burner with stuff sack weighing only 25 g but then I would want to pack a wind shield too. The BRS is not as efficient as the Soto Windmaster and the BRS is not as reliable. It can be difficult to regulate the heat at times. The Soto also has a piezoelectric igniter that works every time.

I will use the Toaks 550 ml pot for boiling water, as a mug and for eating some lunches from. I will prepare a couple of lunches using a powdered potato mix together with some dried meat. When drinking hot beverages I just slip the pot into the DIY pot cozy and I have an insulated mug. This will be my kitchen for Lapland total 177 grams:

  • Toaks Light Titanium 550ml Pot weighing 70 g
  • Soto Windmaster micro regulator stove + TriFlex pot support 67 g
  • Speedster oddments bag 5 g
  • DIY pot cozy 8 g
  • Nordisk Titanium XL Long Handle Spoon 20 g
  • Tread Lite Gear Ultralight 3D Cuben Fiber Zip Sack 7 g

RAIN GEAR – 379 g

This year I will be using the same Inov8 rain trousers as last time. However, I will be changing my rain jacket with a Haglöfs L.I.M. rain jacket, a heavier jacket but I will not be taking a wind jacket as I normally do. The Haglöfs jacket will be my wind protection as well as a rain jacket which supports my “2 uses” principles that I follow.

  • Haglöfs L.I.M. Rain Jacket, Storm, waterproof 28000 mm, 240 g
  • Inov8 AT/C Ultrapant, waterproof 10,000 mm HH, 86 g
  • Montane Minimus Rain Mitts , Pertex Shield in bag, 53 g


The below table shows my suggested Swedish Lapland 2019 packing list totals. Slightly heavier than last years model, the list is not final and is subject to change. I also have an added 428 grams of photography equipment this year. The full list has been published here.

total base weight all gear NOT worn or consumed 6704
total pack weight all gear NOT worn + consumables added 11177
total skin out weight pack weight + clothing worn 13569
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