DPS Dreamtime

Winter is coming.

Yes, the new GoT Season just started, and I couldn’t help myself and add that reference. But seriously, winter is coming soon enough and what better time is now than to dream about skiing chin-deep powder and purchase a limited edition of the World’s best skis, the DPS Alchemist?

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I love my DPS Skis. Yes, they are not cheap. But good things seldom are (exceptions include spending time outdoors in the mountains on skis & sleeping in a tent) so when it’s the middle of summer and we snow-loving people are just begging for the white, fluffy stuff to return it’s also a good moment to shop for new skis. And that’s what DPS Dreamtime is all about:

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Dreamtime is the only time ever that DPS Skis are discounted, and to top things of awesome limited-run artwork Special Edition skis are also available. Here’s a few impressions from their factory in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, on what you can get:

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The carbon pressing machines at DPS are so photogenic, don’t you think? That’s an equally photogenic pair of Powderworks Cassiar 87 skis standing in front of the press.

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Them Austrian world cup race bases are prepped and ready to be mated with the ski. They’re fast, in case you didn’t see the Race in their name.

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And that are the Special Edition Artworks for the Wailer, Yvette, Zelda and Nina Skis. Damn, they are awesome! If I wouldn’t own a pair of Alchemist Wailer Skis already I’d be very tempted to get another pair! Thus if you, like me, can’t wait for winter to arrive, then a pair of DPS Dreamtime Skis might just be what makes the waiting time go by easier. And then, when the first big snow flakes start to cover the mountains, then you are ready to go hit the slopes on your new DPS Skis.

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How Does It Taste? – Firepot Dal and Rice With Spinach

In the first Episode of How Does It Taste? I test a Vegan meal from the new UK Brand Firepot: Dal and Rice with Spinach.

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Disclaimer: This article has been supported financially and with food by Firepot. This did not influence the article as I maintain full editorial control of the content published on this site. Read the Transparency Disclaimer for more information on affiliate links & blogger transparency.

I like vegetarian food. Sure, I don’t say know to a good piece of cheese or some fresh reindeer meat, but if I can choose I always go vegetarian. Truth be told, I’m pondering since years to make the jump and go plant-based in my nutrition. So when I was talking with Firepot about testing their meals (and I tested them all!) it was an easy choice for me to pick their vegan backpacking meal for my video review. There are simply not many (good) vegan options available if you do not want to make the meals yourself, and as an increasing number of backpackers, climbers, cyclists and runners go without meat & dairy I felt it’s a good idea to test Firepot’s vegan meal. Watch the video to see how I like Dal and Rice with Spinach:

In short: I think it’s a great Vegan meal for outdoor persons. The right mix of spices which let the other ingredients come through, and if you love lentils like I do you won’t be disappointed. Salt is a personal taste and while I find it could do with a bit more of it, I reckon Northern Europeans who generally use less salt in their food will find it just fine. All in all a nice addition to the vegan meal options for plant-powered outdoor persons of all kind. If you’d like to try Dal and Rice with Spinach you can order it directly from Firepot in the UK or from the OutdoorFoodShop in Germany.

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The Week in Review 263

“There is no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.”John Ruskin

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News

The Role of achieving Nothing in a world obsessed with doing everything.

GramXpert is a new ultralight cottage from Slovenia that makes Synthetic Quilts and accessories. Check them out!

Why Does PETA Keep Taking Aim at Patagonia? (Because they want your €$£)

Check out this video from the #OutDoorFN BLOGGER BASE!

And if you love hiking, and maps, then Rick’s Map with the Best Hikes in the World is made for you!

Have a look at the Run the Alps Trail Running Book Project if you like trailrunning in the Alps.

Much better alternatives to over-hyped Superfoods. [German]

Merino garments in the Bergfreunde Summer Sale!

Check out the Inti 2 Tent on Cotopaxi.com.

Trip Reports

Getting Lost on the Via Dinarica.

Tips for future Via Dinarica Thru-Hikers.

Bikepacking in Patagonia or Bikepacking with Kids? Make your pick!

她的魔法森林.

Drew is hiking to Big Pine Lakes.

Hiking, climbing & flying on the Grimming. [German]

Jill spent a weekend on the PCT.

Superb post on Why not to visit the Lake District.

Everything you need to know about the Della Falls Trail in the Strathcona Provincial Park.

Packrafting the Grøtåa river.

Uli enjoys the Via Ferrata Burrone Giovanelli. [German]

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Gear Reviews

Neil reviews the Revelate Designs Mountain Feedbag.

A fantastic Post from Roman: Arctic Alaska Packrafting Gear Suggestions.

Ken sold his photography gear to buy some video gear which he’s gonna take to Sarek.

Paulina starts her outdoor mornings with Alpine Start Coffee.

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Monogram by Alliance Partners

Situated just 2 blocks away from Vancouver’s trendy Commercial Drive is Monogram’s boutique collection of 6 townhomes. Monogram was created by Alliance Partners and designed in two different layouts: 3 bedroom and 3 bedroom + den, with all units having underground parking and storage.

The six 3-storey units are close to grocers, restaurants, parks, retail shops, schools, breweries and transit. Many of the neighbourhood’s best amenities are accessible within walking distance, a bike path 1 block away, or nearby transit.

The estimated completion date has yet to be announced.

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Wildside – the Enchanted Life of Hunters and Gatherers

Wildside: The Enchanted Life of Hunters and Gatherers is another book by Gestalten that caters to the lifestyle outdoor Instagram person. At least that was my first impression when I saw the book – but covers can lie, and once I started to read I actually quite liked it.

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The Gestalten Publishing house has published a host of books – The Great Wide Open, Off the Road, Hide and Seek – The Architecture of Cabins and Hide-Outs and The Outsiders – which all look a bit like they garner to the Instagram crowd – and probably that’s what they want and do. And while some of these are not really a success for me, others are good. Wildside is in the latter camp, even if the Cover can be deceiving and you might just think this book is like Instagram photos you’ve seen a thousand times just printed on nice paper, but it has more to offer on its 250 something pages.

There’s essays of #Vanlife Dwellers in the book, inspiring and artsy photos, little businesses are showcased, you learn more about hunting in Germany and Sweden, you go foraging in Finland and then you are taken surfing and to Switzerland. It’s a visual journey interspersed with short stories and essays, and even if some of these topics might not interest you much you might find a little piece of joy or wisdom from another one, so take the time to read each – because if not you might miss out.

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So whom is this book aimed at? If you feel like you’d like to see what else is possible than running the rat race from 9-to-5 every day, then this book certainly can plant some ideas into your mind. Or if you’re looking for inspiration where to travel next. Or even how to travel – by #Vanlife, on foot or in a canoe, there’s better options than flying for a week to an all-inclusive resort (but that you, as a reader of an outdoor blog, knew either way already ;).

Also for those who look for culinary ideas this book obviously will be of interest, be it from gathering mushrooms or catching fish – modern Hunters & Gatherers will enjoy this book without a doubt. Overall it is a beautiful book that inspires to try something new, presented in a visually pleasing way, though I do find the chosen typefaces for much of the text unsuccessful as it isn’t pleasing to read. Other than that – if you’re interested in one thing I told about of this book – check out a copy at your local library or order a copy home to sit down with it, out in the summer sun. You can buy Wildside directly at Gestalten or via one of these Affiliate Links at Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk or Amazone.de.

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The Week in Review 262

“Summer is a state of mind.” – Unknown

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News

Help save the last large forest in Europe, the Białowieża Forest.

The 5 Biggest Mountain Lies.

Denver will host the Outdoor Retailer summer and winter trade shows from January 2018 onwards.

Celebrating Instagram’s most illogical campsites with @youdidnotsleepthere.

A look at the lightweight backpacks coming in 2018.

Climbing vs. Bouldering.

New from Hyperlite Mountain Gear is the River Rescue Throw Bag.

Need a crashpad? The Ocun Paddy Kava V2 is 25% off right now with free shipping!

Save up to 25% select Osprey packs at Backcountry.com!

Save up to 50% on The North Face End of Clearance Sale at REI!

Trip Reports

Rain, Flowers and Views on the AT.

Jackie went skiing in Tahoe on the 4th of July.

Andreas hiked for 24 hours on the Untersberg Extrem-Tour in the Berchtesgadener Land. [German]

The Caucasus Crossing.

Sven goes ridge hiking in the Val Grande. [German]

Beautiful is baby Lotta’s 7 week backpacking adventure in Patagonia.

Jeremy went packrafting in Austria.

Summer in the Highlands: Strathfarrar to Affric, a Paradise Lost.

Climbing The Nose on El Capitan.

Bikepacking on the 66 Lakes Trail. [German]

Beardoh and SweetPea’s 3rd day on the CT.

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Gear Reviews

Alex spent 14 months in his MLD TrailStar. OK, not really in it, but with it 😉

Check out Chad’s SUL Gear List in his PHGT Video.

Drew reviews the La Sportiva Bushido.

Max searches for a water shoe that isn’t garbage.

Check out and support the Open One Series Garments

A First Look at the Salsa EXP Anything Cradle Kit.

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The 5 Biggest Mountain Lies

Just 20 Minutes to the summit? Yeah, right.

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When you’re out hiking and backpacking with friends there come these times on the hill where you or someone else is starting to not have fun anymore. It’s too hot, the summit seems far away, you’re sweating or are soaking wet from the rain. That’s the moment someone usually utters one or several #MountainLies – a lie to keep you motivated. If you’re an active Hiker and outdoors person you probably have heard some of these said. Here’s the five most common lies uttered on the mountain.

Behind that hill is the summit

This is the mountain lie I have told several times myself. But then things conspired against me and, well, the summit wasn’t behind that hill – and also not after the next one, and next one, and next one. When Motivation is low and the summit the goal, this is the lie you will most likely hear. It keeps people going, but the summit – it never is behind that hill, but more likely another good hour of steep hiking further away.

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This is the steepest part

The trail is steep. Steep as in, you’re using hand and feet to actually be able to move upward. For your friends with the DNA of an ibex this is no problem at all, but those who lack these genes are sweaty, angry and want to turn around. Because climbing up this near vertical trail just is no fun. This is the steepest part, it gets easier after this section is what you’ll likely hear then. But it doesn’t get flatter – at least not for long. With some luck you’re going to encounter a bit further up the “trail” a section which is even steeper. Lucky for you that it’s not raining, right?

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It’s not going to rain today

This Mountain Lie you usually hear in the morning while you’re sitting at the breakfast table or at the trailhead. The clouds look more black and menacing than anything you’ve seen before in your life – and wasn’t that thunder you heard there in the distance? No, it’s not gonna rain today – usually followed by the sentence That’s what the weather forecast promised. If you’re still sitting at home and have a good book along – heat up the stove, grab a second cup of coffee and read that book while your weather-forecast-trusting friends will be soaked to the bone.

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The sun comes out in a moment

When you did believe your weather-forecast-trusting friends and went hiking with them in the rain, after you’re soaking wet and you are angry that you believed the membrane’s claim to “Guaranteed to keep you dry” your friend with the undying trust in the weather forecast will proclaim that the sun comes out in a moment. This usually means you will continue to be hiking in the rain and clouds until you’re back at home, when indeed the sun might come out before it dips behind the mountains. After all, a moment is a very brief amount of time which can stretch to many hours.

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Only 20 minutes till the Mountain Hut

You’re hungry and have no power left. All you want is a hot cup of coffee and a delicious plate of Kaiserschmarrn. You’ll voice this situation to your friends, and prompt comes the reply from the mate up ahead on the trail: “Only 20 minutes till the Mountain Hut”. You continue hiking, savouring already that delicious food in front of you, and in just twenty short minutes you’re able to sit down and enjoy it. After fifteen minutes of hiking you get light doubts – there’s no hut to be seen anywhere. Another five minutes later it dawns on you that it was not in a life-time 20 minutes to the next hut, but more likely another hour.

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Know some #MountainLies you have heard yourself countless times? Leave your Mountain Lies in the comments or post it on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the #MountainLies Hashtag!

Disclaimer: Thanks to Andreas from Gipfelfieber.com for the inspiration and allowing me to adapt his article to English. Read the Berglügen Artikel auf Deutsch.

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