The Tentipi Zirkonflex (and from 2019 the Tentipi Safirflex) is a hybrid of the Larger Tentipi adventure tents and the enormous Tentipi event tents that seat up to 144. The Zirkonflex can be used closed like the Safir 15 and Zirkon 15 tents, but has 8 gussets and extra straps and attachment points to enable any number of sides from 3 to all 16 to be opened up to the elements.
This is a short photo blog of a snowmobile trip into the Swedish wilderness near Arvidsjar, Tentipi winter camping with Eldfell wood fired tent stoves at minus 25 degrees Celsius.
Photos are by Lesley Carol of ProAdventure.
In September 2016 we took a trip to the Gransfors Bruk axe foundry in Sweden to meet the people and see the axes being made.
We flew into Stockholm and stayed in the excellent Jumbo Hostel for a night before picking up the hire care and heading north to Gränsfors.
We were made most welcome and spent a couple of days exploring the area and enjoying the Sauna.
Gränsfors standard axe head samples which the smiths check their production against for quality and conformity.
Described by a friend as a cross between wearing armour and wearing nothing, I took the plunge last Autumn and ordered a pair of Fjallraven Keb Trousers in the outstanding Lava Red colour.
What it is – Fjällräven describe them very well…
Woolpower 200 thermal underwear is made from Ullfrotté Original 200 gram, a terry-knitted fabric and the thinnest version of Ullfrotté. The fabric is hard wearing and made of fine Merino wool, polyamide and most of all – air. The air in the fabric is really important as it insulates the heat that your body produces.
This was originally designed for the Swedish military and supply has been short as the Norwegian Army also ordered 5,000 pieces this winter. This is the material make up: Continue reading Tried and Tested Gear Review: Woolpower Ullfrotté 200 Merino Thermal Underwear
I was given a few pairs of these on a summer trip to Sweden about five years ago. It was my first Outdoor Academy of Scandinavia trip, where we used them for canoeing, walking, log rafting and indoor cross country skiing. Since then they have been my go-to everyday sock in Autumn and Winter for general wear at work when it’s a bit colder in the shop than usual. That doesn’t sound very outdoorsy I know, but they do get used for more adventurous things than going to work. I’ve used them for walking in the Denbighshire hills, canoeing and kayaking in cooler weather to keep my toes toasty and the occasional run. Continue reading Tried and Tested Gear Review: Woolpower 400 Signature Socks
Wetterlings are probably the oldest traditional axe manufacturer in the world, still producing axes the way they have been made for centuries.
The company has been making axes in Storvik, in central Sweden, since the end of the nineteenth century. In 1880, Sven Wetterling began manufacturing axes, broad-axes and bark shovels for the then-thriving forest industry. He was joined in 1882 by his brother Otto, who had spent several years studying industrial axe manufacturing in America. Otto, who was very technically-minded, was appointed foreman and immediately took responsibility for the production and ongoing development of the company. Continue reading Traditional axes from Wetterlings of Sweden.
In May 2010 we were invited to the Outdoor Academy of Scandinavia, hosted by the Varmland Region in Sweden.
We flew into Norway and met the fantastic OAS crew at the airport then jumped in a coach and headed off to Torsby just over the border in Sweden. Our first taste of cross country skiing was in the Summer, in a concrete tunnel, a 1500m loop used for summer training by athletes from all over Europe.
A few months ago Pete and Lesley offered the retail staff at ProAdventure the opportunity to attend the Outdoor Academy of Scandinavia, a project initiated by the Scandinavian Outdoor Group (SOG) to offer comprehensive outdoor staff training. Basically this meant understanding and using products in the great Swedish outdoors. On this trip we would be using Tentipi, Light my Fire, Peak Performance clothing, and Point 65 Kayaks.
This was a opportunity I didn’t want to miss! Along with my colleage Mark, we headed to Stockholm to join the rest of a group of about 30 others (the group included retail staff, journalists and tour operators) for our 4 day adventure in the Stockholm Archipelago.
The trip began with the usual meet and greet, then we headed off for a guided bike tour of Stockholm. Next was a 2 hour boat trip to an Island in the Archipelago called Uto. Our arrival was met with the very friendly owner of the hotel Uto Vardshus where were staying that night. We were given a fabulous meal and got to know more people in the group. I was pleased to have sat next Patrik from Tentipi..I had emailed him occassionally over the last few years working at ProAdventure and it was a pleasure to put a name to a face!
The next few days involved different activities. A guided hike along the coastline of the Island, followed by a 10km cycle ride. Next was another hike though the forest, and a talk on the geology and nature of the the island (this was Marks idea of heaven-someone who was as interested in rocks as he is!)
Our camp for the night was at a small beach (my idea of heaven-an outdoor swim!). We were given some extra kit to use while out in the wilds..Light my Fire meal kits, a water bottle, lots of Sporks!, a fire steel and a Maya stick. All of which were obviously used for making a fire and eating our tea! We also had a lesson in putting up our Tentipi for the night..good to see the expert Patrik do it!
Next day was a cycle again, then using the Point 65 kayaks and sea kayaking to a smaller island. Again we were sleeping in a Tentipi ..this time a light one, which I hadn’t done before so it was a good learning experience for me. I also got to see a prototype of the new Super light tentipi that will be produced next year-designed a lightweight 2 man Tentipi for trekking.
An early start the next morning sea kayaking back to Uto and attending our retailer workshops, followed by a very exciting RIB boat ride through the islands of the Archipelago to the island of Grinda. This was the last night of our stay and involved relaxing in a sauna, eating lots of crayfish, singing merry tunes and drinking schnapps…we were here for work…honest!
Seriously though..it was an amazing opportunity to be outdoors in Sweden using products we sell in the shop. Mark and I know more about Tentipi and Light my Fire than we did before and can relay our experiences with them to our customers:-)