Tuesday, September 26, 2017

October 6th

Sub-24 will be rolling again on Friday 06/10.

Details will follow, but expect a 17:30 departure from Bemböle heading on asphalt towards Vaakkoi for a trip with a difference...

02/10 update, all details revealed!

Special destination for this autumn edition of Sub24: the eräkämppä of Suomen Latu in Vaakkoi. The kämppä is located halfway between Luukki and Salmi, a short distance from Vihdintie. Expect a 15-20 km bike ride from Bemböle.

The kämppä is well equipped with beds and mattresses, cooking stove, a wooden sauna with a lake view (and easy access for swimming) and outdoor toilets.

If you are a member of Helsingin Latu the price of the night (including the sauna use) is 6 euros. For non-members, 11 euros. The number of places is limited, so let us know on this blog/by email/on facebook  by Wednesday 4/10 in the evening if you're planning to join.

Note: Vaakkoi has a talkoot at 10 am on Saturday 07/10  so we'll have to be ready to leave around that time. Or give an helpful hand for those who wish.

See you on Friday in Bemböle at 17.30!

- Florian.

A few pictures of the trip:

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Sub-24 September 1st

Five intrepid travellers from Britain, Finland, France, Singapore and Switzerland rode their bicycles to Hynkänlampi for an evening of eating, drinking and merriment.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Sub24 on kayak!

July edition.

For this special edition, sub24 headed to the archipelago of Helsinki on kayak. Departure from the remote harbour of Laajalahti, between the bird protected area and the Gallén-Kallela museum, which are worth a visit by the way. It took a bit of time to get the equipment sorted out under constant assault from flying blood sucking monsters, but we managed to launch the kayak and start paddling. A light breeze prevented us from suffering from heat and we happily progressed on the water. The group included a broad range of kayaking skills but nobody had major trouble with their kayak. We passed by Madeluoto, in front of Otaranta, under the bridge to Otaniemi and took a break on Keilalahti to enjoy some sweets and rest our arms. We resume the trip, passed the gorgeous Koivusaari metro station, went to the south side of Lautasaari and arrived finally to the welcoming sand beach of Käärmeluoto after seven kilometers of paddling.

We explored this beautiful island and set camp at the top. The island is made of a pretty high rock, which offers splendid views on the archipelago and on Lautassari. To the east, some islets offer breeding ground to ever screeching birds to remind us that we sit at a major hub for bird migration. Despite the noise and their well-established aggressivity, I esteem these long-distance travellers, that have seen quite a bit of sea and storms in their life. Anyway, at this time of the year, they are busy shouting at each other non-stop for a month and a half.

A very important time at each sub24 started: the cooking of the evening meal. Chips, cake and red wine were offered around and soon pasta, risotto, new potatoes and herring and other delicacies were ready. By the time we were finished, the clouds were mostly gone to unveil a spectacular sunset, which kept us busy until midnight. Birds had find louder than themselves and some loud karaoke was going on at the mökki of the Police.

The following morning was bright and windless. We slowly enjoyed our breakfast and headed to the kayak, just to see a very frightened rantakäärme, a harmless black snake. The weather was so warm that a few of us decided to play with kayak with some kayak capsizing, self re-entry, mostly failed eskimo rolls and balance exercise. The water was chilly and it took me a few hours to be completely warmed up after that. We headed back with a slightly longer route to the harbour and we arrive tired and hungry as usual. Thanks to everybody for joining! Olivier

P.S.: Thanks to Tuisku Pirttimäki for the pictures.







Monday, July 3, 2017

sub24 July we go paddling

Special edition. We go paddling.

*All the kayak are booked*. You can join only if you have your own kayak.*

This Friday 7th at 17h30 at Laajalahdensatama. From there we rent kayak (20 e) and paddle to Käärmeluoto.

Since the number of kayak is limited, send an email  to register in advance, binding of course. First come first served.

The kayak trip is at your own risk.

Exact location of the meeting point:

Photo: Helsinki City Museum

Monday, May 29, 2017

June 2017

Welcome one and all to sub-24's June edition: an easy 10 km ride from Bemböle (Shell service station) to Pirttimäki, where pristine forests and roaring fires await.

Pack a bag, jump on your bike, meet us at 17:30 on Friday 2nd and enjoy bicycling, food, drink and company for the next sub-24 hours.

Questions and comments, please?

Looking forward to seeing you...

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

May 5th

May 5th, on your bikes!

Meeting place: Bemböle gas sation (check the map)

Time: 17.30

Direction: somewhere green, to be agreed on the spot on Friday

Despite the best weather we've seen in 2017 nobody except me showed up to Bemböle (please comment if you were there and I missed you!).

Since camping is really for me about sharing a camp with like minded people I made the most of the sunshine with a "grand tour of Espoo" taking me all around the big "city" in 63 wonderful kilometers before heading home for the night.

Hopefully we'll see a better turnout next time (Friday 2nd of June, save the date!).

- Florian

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Sub-24, 2017

It was wet. It was cold. It was Finland in April.

We met in the Shell Service Station at 17:30 as the rain began to fall. British, French and Ukrainian riders took the asphalt cycle paths towards Nuuksio. We turned left to follow the road on the south side of Nuuksio’s Pitkäjärvi. The followed the road to its end through rain, sun and cloud, past buses and newly returned birds all the way to the end of the road. We turned off the asphalt onto gravel and ice and continued much more slowly to our campsite at Kolmoislampi. We made our own shelter and managed without a fire as the snow began to fall. After a cold night, hot tea and porridge warmed us up ready for a sunny ride back to Bemböle and beyond. 

Our return ride from Bemböle was around 35 kilometres and our average speed was under 20 kph. With no technical issues, we only had the weather to complain about and that was soon forgotten on our bright morning ride home. 

Next month, more of the same on May 5th. See you then.