Signs of Autumn — Gear up!
The weather’s getting colder but this time of year is still perfect for spending time outdoors. Not just because of the colors of the autumn season, or ‘ruska’ as we call it in Finland. The nature and landscape that are painted in red, browns and yellows.
It’s a perfect time to be outdoors in the clean and crisp air, enjoying a hot cup of tea. To make the most of these days, see to it that you’re fully prepared for all kinds of outdoor activities this autumn. Here’s some quick tips and advice from us!
Thinking about camping under the stars? Don’t be intimidated by the cool temperature, there’s still the possibility to enjoy the outdoors. Whether you’re an experienced bushcrafter or a beginner at camping there are a few things to think about.
Bushcraft level – A good rule to remember to take with you is the five C’s of survivability, that survival expert Dave Canterbury invented. The five C’s are cutting tools, cover, combustion, container and cordages. Everyone that tries bushcraft should have knowledge on how to acquire fire, water, shelter and food. This goes for regular camping as well.
Beginners level – Getting away from the big city and instead getting out into nature is really refreshing, for both mind, body and soul. However, you are actually out in the wilderness, so make sure that you’re at least prepared for unexpected challenges. That’s why it’s important that you pack the right things. Below you will find a list of what we recommend you to bring when you go camping:
Clothes for all types of weather (rain, sun, wind, cold)
Sleeping bag and sleeping pad
Water, food, snacks (nuts, dried fruit etc)
Flashlight, batteries, power bank
First aid kit
Host a BBQ
What is an early autumn without an outdoor barbeque with friends or family? Preparing a meal and cooking together is the heart of the Finnish outdoor culture. With our kitchen knives of both carbon steel and UHC (Ultra High Carbon) steel you’ll be prepared to serve a meal your guests won’t forget. Both steel qualities are perfect for cutting, slicing, mincing and chopping – making them and lending themselves well to the work of any kitchen professional or beginner.
What should you serve at an outdoor barbeque? We suggest you prepare a meal of your own harvesting. Go berry picking, and serve fresh blueberries for dessert. Or fish for your own fish in your local lake, that you later grill over the open fire. This time of year you can also try your luck and go treasure hunting for mushrooms! You and your guests will appreciate the meal in a completely different way when you know where the food is coming from.
The saying goes that we Finns love our potatoes, so don’t be surprised when we also suggest you serve a big bowl of boiled potatoes with some fresh dill and butter. There is nothing like it. But if you’d like to eat something less Finnish, you can always serve a classic cheeseburger. On our Youtube-channel the chef Christer Karlsson, who owns a barbecue restaurant, will show you how to make the perfect burger.
Explore hiking trails
Autumn is perfect for long hikes due to cooler temperature and mosquitoes that disappear.Make the most out of autumn discovering different trails and nature where you live.Nothing clears the mind more than walking for pleasure, taking in the spectacular scenery and discovering historic settings. Simply put on some sturdy walking shoes, prepare your backpack and get out there!
Usually we pack non-essential items, and though it’s good to be fully prepared for different situations, you might be able to scale down the kit in your backpack. A smart trick is to test your kit on a short trail before heading out for several days. That way you’ll notice what gear or items you used and truly need in the long run.
The best thing about hiking is that there are day-long routes or several day long trails to choose between, making hiking a great autumn activity for both beginners and experienced people. So there’s no reason to not try hiking at least once this autumn. Take time to explore your nearby national park or forest!
Early morning fishing
There’s nothing like an early autumn morning by the lake. When the only thing you hear are chirping birds, the chilly breeze going through the trees and the waves washing up against the shore.
When you’ve caught a fish there are a few things you need to think about, make sure to keep and store your catch in a chilled place until you’re ready to prepare it. The first thing you’ll need to do is filleting the fish, which is to get the meat of the fish without the bones.
When doing so, use our small– or big fish knife. They’re aimed at handling and filleting fish – but works great with other kitchen tasks as well. It’s also effective to use a tweezer for the smallest and most delicate bones. Psst! Serve your freshly caught fish with Finnish dill potatoes!
Do you have any plans for this autumn? If you’re out and about with your Roselli, don’t forget to tag #useyourroselli and show us your autumn adventures on social media. If you want to learn more about the outdoors, don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Instagram.