panoramic view of green covered mountains in New Zealand

Ard Leeksma

About

Ard Leeksma was born in the Netherlands. He is a self-taught freelance photographer who travels anywhere and has been thru-hiking about 4 years from now. His love for long-distance hiking all started in the best hiking country: New Zealand. Eventually, he discovered his way to the mountains in Europe, especially in the Alps, Pyrenees, and the Balkans. Ard writes detailed itineraries of his trips and shoots personal portraits and business outdoor branding.

You can check his website or follow him on Instagram: @ardleeksma

Blogs & reviews written by Ard

Read more about Gear review: Soto WindMaster
Gear camping stove on wooden log
09 Jul 2024Ard Leeksma

Gear review: Soto WindMaster

The SOTO WindMaster stands proudly as a maximalist canister stove that promises high power and unparalleled performance in the wind.

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Read more about Gear review: Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL2
Gear person pitching his tent on grassy field near forest
09 Jul 2024Ard Leeksma

Gear review: Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL2

Copper Spur is the Big Agnes’ lightweight, freestanding, three-season tent series. It offers more room inside the tent and has a  more comfortable sleeping arrangement. The ultralight backpacking tent is redesigned with proprietary materials that are lighter and stronger without adding weight, and equipped with hardware that makes set-up even easier.

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Read more about Gear review: Therm-a-Rest: NeoAir XLite NXT
Gear close up of sleeping pad getting inflated
09 Jul 2024Ard Leeksma

Gear review: Therm-a-Rest: NeoAir XLite NXT

The Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite NXT sleeping pad is the best option for anyone wanting to reduce weight, with improved warmth and comfort. The new Xlite NXT was developed to be slightly thicker than the old pad, with a higher R-value.

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