Mysterious Landscapes

in travel •  2 years ago 


Return From Zero.


After my (mis)adventure with the sudden arrival of winter and dehydration up on Gothics I began a series of short equipment 'shakedown' efforts. This is following a week of deep freezing temperatures ( -16 degrees Farenheit(-26 degrees Celsius),snow and wind. Beyond good clothing three things keep you alive:

  1. The Tent: This is Mountain Hardware's Trango 4. These are used by many of the guide services on Mounts Everest and Denali. After 2 hours putting one of these together you can see why. Anchors and cross linkages abound.

  2. The Sleeping Bag(s): So far the -30 degree rated bag from Western Mountaineering is working fine! I use two pads underneath the bag- a closed cell foam pad and a down insulated inflatable one on top. It feels like you are floating on a life raft at night which is something of a nuisance but mostly it is fine.

  3. The Liquid Fuel Stove: This one has to fire up quickly each and every time you start up because this is where your water supply (and you need several liters a day) is going to come from. Clean water can be produced from melted snow or gotten from a stream- but it all must be boiled to eliminate pathogens. Iodine and Chlorine work well but take a long time when the water is cold. And a UV sterilizer pen works too but the water can't have a lot of particles in it. On mountain expeditions these small liquid fuel stoves are the preferred method. I can dig this out of the snow at 10 below zero, light it up and have 1.5 Liters of boiling water from snow in a bit less than 20 minutes.

Or I can make some lentil dahl with a bit of Vietnamese Cinnamon on top :) The cinnamon is mostly to make the tent smell better from the smoke I put through earlier in the day after burning a pot...

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To my Steemit explorer friends,

I have probably taken over a million photographs of the natural world since childhood; this is a daily series of some of those I most treasure.

Where They are From


  1. Many are from an organic orchard that I created on the hill above my home. When you are raising trees from saplings you are out in all weather at all hours and see remarkable things.
  1. Some are from my art studio and my efforts there- especially those on behalf of the Tibetan people.
  1. Still others are from my wanderings in the wilderness with compass and map my companions. Many are featured from posts I have created here on Steemit and I will link to those whenever possible if you wish to read more of the how, when and where.

Please upvote if you liked this post, and follow for more journeys through our mysterious and amazing world. And please comment as I greatly value these and will answer any questions you may have (and generally go to look at your posts of course since I consider a group of friends the most valuable possible outcome from efforts on Steemit.

*This photo was taken with the Canon EOS 70D, 18-55 mm lens

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Hi @throughmyeyes
You don't post much but your adventure is just so fun. Just continue to do your passion in life, it is one of our happiness. Nice stove BTW the aluminum foil helps heat the food efficiently than without it.

Greatest passion is sharing it...but I have to gain the experience first :)
Interestingly enough though something is missing I learned. Between the stove and the snow there should be an insulating layer that keeps the snow from melting underneath the burner. Then the aluminum goes on top. This keeps the stove from melting the snow and tipping over the pot. So say the experienced...er ahem.

It is nice to cook that way and your food there seems delicious too.

Welcome my friends l,m irfan78,regards greetings.
I like you article.

Thanks my friend! :)

Oh.. @throughmyeyes
How have you being... And how how was your trip.. welcome back....

From what you wrote here.... You experienced some serious weather.... That temp...way so cold... Glad you back safely...
Welcome once again..

Thanks @davidad! Glad to be back with you again :)

You are welcome @throughmyeyes
As I am hoping you will bring awesome photography to steemians view just like you usually do..

Will be waiting on your to see your adventure photographys

  ·  2 years ago (edited)

Your great return .. I have never seen snow. I bear the coldest temperature is when 7 degrees Celsius.I have watched on television the harsh situation in countries with snow. oh how many people do you go with this picnic?

Glad to be back @a-alice! :) Actually, 7 degrees Celsius can be really cold when you aren't prepared for it; it is all what the body has time to get used to. On this trip I went alone- and thus paid careful attention to what I was doing.

@@ Oh my God !!! you go alone ?? Have you always explored the world yourself? Wow

Well not always. And sometimes if the danger is high I hire a teacher/guide! :)

my hobby adventure.... indonesia..

Excellent my friend! :)

hello brother, just meet again. Looks like new home adventure?

I miss you my friend @throughmyeyes

Greetings brother! :) Another adventure and preparation for one too...

Welcome to friend! How are you? Enjoy travel

Hi my friend! :) Okay albeit a bit tired...

Good night welcome to join in our community

Thanks @elsistristiawan! :)

Hello stemian

Hi my fellow Steemian!:)

Camping is one of the favorite things I do and mountain camping in the snow is great I because you can live big adventures but had also a question do you camp in a group or alone?

usually alone .It is important to develop skills and have good equipment however and some places it is best to go with others. For glacier fields or very high altitude I would go with a rope team.

I am glad that you are back sir, or a long time you were not updating your blog.

I wish your adventure ended up with a positive note.

Thank you and Have a great day.

Hi my friend! :) Yes it has been a busy winter learning...

Hello @throughmyeyes.

I hope you were in Mount Everest for your expedition these days, so you could not able to update your blog regularly.

But I am happy to see you back again in steemit and I wish to see your regularly in steemit.

Thank you...steem on and stay blissful...

Hello my friend! :) Alas no just busy learning skills :)