Clothing & Boots


There is not much difference in clothing between a late summer hike into the mountains, or a winter trip in Scandinavia, apart from a thicker sweater, warmer thermo pants and snow goggles. As a matter of fact, cold rain and especially sleet are much more dangerous than dry powder snow.

Heading into moderate or colder regions, I usually bring a windjacket, thermo sweater, thermo pants, hat, gloves, spare musquito hat, balaclava, plastic bags for wet clothes, and rainjacket – trousers and – mittens. What I wear are boots, socks, pants, belt, underwair, t-shirt. In my pockets I carry handkerchiefs, cap and a musquito hat. I prefer to wear high boots that are waterproof. In swampy northern regions rubber boots should be considered.


Rain trousers and jacket are stored in two waterproof sidebags for the backpack (red coloured, home made), placed at each side of the backpack. Other clothes are stowed in a clothes bag (green coloured , home made). A sweater can be stowed anywhere in the backpack.


– Use a lightweight extra T–shirt as a towel

– Bring a lightweight tarp for hanging your clothes to dry


Home made bags for clothes

Sidebags for backpack

– waterproof nylon fabric 55 high, 28 wide

– plastic strip (cut from a bucket) 2 cm high, 35 cm wide

– nylon band 15 cm

– fastener

– broad textile tape to seam the straight edges

– textile glue to seam the curve beneath

Clothes bag

– nylon fabric 45 high, 38 wide

– inner fabric 45 high, 38 wide (can do without)

– zipper 80 cm

– nylon cord 90 cm

– stopper