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himalayan roadsigns part3- the Sikkim section

Welcome to BRO project Swastik

Here´s another load of that famous yellow signs, this part features the Project Swastik, which is operating and responsible for the Sikkim roads.

Their effort to keep the traffic flowing might affect the success for the new project, so lets pay some tribute for the awesome work they do:


Old school

While the era of high resolution cameras and GoPros had started long time ago, it never seems easier to call himself a director, gather the own blockbuster and share the production through the www on portals like youtube or vimeo than nowadays.

Nevertheless old videos are still some of my favorites, out of a time were the only common digital device probably was a Casio wristwatch and long before disc brakes became common on bicycles.

I found this video about the Iditabike 1988, a 200 mile race through Alaska and don´t want to withheld it:

Bicycles on Snow 1988 from Mark Forman on Vimeo.

Enjoy it.


DIY: alcohol stove made out of a beer can

Inspired by this blog post (click to view full post),

simon- adventures blog

I tried this beverage can- stove myself. It takes actually longer to watch the instruction video than to create it (to drink the content hopefully takes longest). In a flash you will have a new stove which is working very well, a recycled, cheap and excellent ultralight gadget too.

It is a perfect alternate to my MSR Whisperlite International multifuel stove. One litre water boils in around 15 min, a windshield probably will increase the performance (but during holiday, time shall not be an issue). The stove itself puts only 23 grams (less than 1/10 to the whisperlite) on the scales which is close to nothing (note: weight could be decreased if designed smaller) and with simple ideas it is easy to create an ultralight kitchen which weights less than 100 grams. For more instructions and ideas check out

Sure this stove is not created for harsh conditions such as winter expeditions or mountain climbing but for shorter trips I think I will give the alcohol stove the advantage and if it breaks new material is waiting along the roadside ditch.



strike a new path

The other day while roaming the www for inspiring stuff I came across Packrafting.

Pack what, Raft who? A Packraft is a small inflatable rubberboat which has a minimal volume and wheight, a say so pocketsized vessel. It offers a range of total new opportunities: Remote areas with difficult access are approaching, rivers and lakes can be crossed or simply to bear in mind some other mode of transportation.

The idea to have a vessel always to keep in readiness sounds great and after I stumbled over bikerafting my mind was fixed to try this form of transport. Bikerafting simply means to have an inflatable rubberboat with you on your bike, or vice versa to have a rubberboat and load your bike and stuff on top.

There are some high quality packrafts out there, but unfortunatly also very pricey. But as for many outdoor activities with expensive equipment there are mostly affordable alternatives with cast- off Army stuff, so I found a quasi so called packraft at ebay and thought to give it a try:


bike+ raft= bikeraftbikeraftgood to gogood for 2 too































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