THE DENALI DIARIES...⛰
Day 15: 25 June 2018
A 'Rest Day' at 14,000ft in preparation for our anticipated move to 17,000ft tomorrow. The weather forecast has proved correct in its prediction of 80% chance of snow as we wake to snow but relatively mild temperatures hovering around -10 (ish). Whilst the forecast was 'sketchy' (at best) for tomorrow, there's a small, short high pressure system (aka better weather) rolling through in 2 days - so it's important that we get up to 17,000ft tomorrow to put us in position for the 20,000 ft summit on the 27th.
There's a lot to do around camp today in preparation for our move. The Seals and I dig out the tent we've been using as a kitchen-area and set it up so that it can be quickly dismantled early tomorrow morning. I'm happy to be shoveling again. Music and a lot of joking make it fun work. Porter and Grace get our tent ready for quick disassembly (e.g. digging up frozen chutes buried in the snow for any winter-camping keenos out there). We then dig a deep hole (yes, more digging) in which we'll bury all of our extra food, gear and our sleds before we head up in the morning. .
Monopoly Deal isn't on the cards for today. Instead, we spend the time drinking tea, eating more burritos, discussing our layers for 'higher up', the forecast, and the cold. Whilst spirits are high, we're all keen to get up and get going. If the forecast is correct, we could realistically be drinking margaritas in Talkeetna by Saturday. The prospect of that is appealing....
We crawl into our sleeping bags tonight to a poor forecast and more snow. Am keeping my fingers (and toes) crossed for a move tomorrow..!
MORE TO COME TOMORROW AS WE MOVE TO 17,000FT WITH HEAVY LOADS - WHILST DENALI UNLEASHES HER GUSTY WRATH... .
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you will not want to hear or hear, but when they love you so much for what you are, that can change in a minute and leave you in the lurch and when they do not need to eliminate you even if you were smart or silly
I found an unattended Aloe Vera plant the other day and reckoned all it needed, was a shiny new pot + some squishy manure! The existing pot it was in, had developed cracks so it needed re planting. Laid a batch of soil, toppled in lumps of manure and got to contriving fresh ground. In the process of removing the Aloe Vera from the cracked pot, I stumbled upon 2 million Ants- cramming out of the roots like sailors, in a Dockyard (Yes yes if I could count 2 million, that would be the equivalent) They were crawling out of everywhere. I hadn't worn gloves, and it was too late to run, I got nice hugs (.. a little bitten) And the food in the picture is a basic version of Paneer Tikka Masala- sautéed with cumin seeds. Add Bell Pepper and Tomatoes for desire 🎃 _____________________________________________ #view#snow#winter#landscape#wanderlust#travel#photography#streetphotography#travelphotography#explore#mountains#naturephotography#nature#breakfast
Big shoutout to @martellcognac for supporting small creators. I had a lot of fun shooting this, and it gave me a good excuse to go out and enjoy the snow ⛄️ Oh, and I’m definitely counting this as an early Christmas present 🍹🎄
50ml Martell VS Single Distillery
25ml Triple Sec
20ml Fresh lemon juice
15ml Pineau de Charentes