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    Default Outdoor adventures photo-share thread!

    Let's see some pics from your adventures out-of-doors!

    I've got a few from my past week camping for work. It's really starting to feel like spring. There were some great sweet wildflower smells.

    The rock wall at the right in this photo had a cave I slept in.

    My second campsite, with a nice overlook.

    Here's sunrise the last morning I was out. And a pano from later that morning.

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    Good idea for thread)

    Couple of photos of spring forest, about 35 km from where I live. Places of my childhood, where I made first steps to learn how to live in the wild and start to expand my geography) With current coronavirus restrictions I got there by bike. Like in good old times. It was one of my first methods of travelling long time ago)

    https://sun9-39.userapi.com/voGDGB4w...4Lrmgen26M.jpg

    My small "sunny valley" - very warm place in sunny days.

    https://sun9-65.userapi.com/OC_pSjjq...0dKHxz9MIs.jpg
    https://sun9-36.userapi.com/2_erblIh...GW4OQ_XnG4.jpg

    Some beautiful flowers.

    https://sun9-47.userapi.com/p6KY-oL4...IPOOOTI63A.jpg
    https://sun9-41.userapi.com/W2D-W9yL...8rppQG8Ub8.jpg

    Forest lake:
    https://sun9-4.userapi.com/Ypu0gsgZE...3Cns2IlklI.jpg

    Sunset:
    https://sun9-54.userapi.com/BHQYp7LA...udUu9vZqNk.jpg

    Still cold in the night, but it's not a problem with good campfire:
    https://sun9-71.userapi.com/nmyaSZsL...VFGJmLRWUw.jpg

    Morning forest:
    https://sun9-16.userapi.com/MpJlPisD...HKEWTdnIUk.jpg
    https://sun9-28.userapi.com/Jg1MAk7q...dU-gBR5344.jpg

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    There isn't really a lot of "wilderness" near my home, so here are some pics from my trip to Yellowstone in September 2019.

    Hayden Valley = https://i.imgur.com/jE5E5Zs.jpg

    Waterfalls = https://i.imgur.com/QNZvNQH.jpg

    Mammoth Springs = https://i.imgur.com/HlUxKqY.jpg

    Firehole Falls = https://i.imgur.com/6NaAYMK.jpg

    Yellowstone Falls = https://i.imgur.com/7QlkSYm.jpg

    Grand Prismatic = https://i.imgur.com/Hqdvit3.jpg

    Obligatory wolf pic = https://i.imgur.com/8Xbb4th.jpg

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    Forest Wind, your sunny valley looks so welcoming. I love those secretive little spots to savor the sun. It's cloudy here, today, regrettably, or I'd be finding a good spot along my local trail to sun myself.

    And Eli, of course your Yellowstone pics are incredible. Need to get out there sometime myself. I really hate when my outdoor adventures are too touristy, though, so finding a time when I feel like I can explore on my own rather than gawp with a herd of other people might be a little challenging, haha.

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    Recently I returned from a 5-day bike trip through the forests and couple of interesting natural areas of my region. Total covered distance was about 186 km (115 mi) which is comparable with good long bike trips of my childhood)

    It's very good in the forests now. Almost no mosquitos yet. First couple of days of the trip it was rainy but really warm. The smells in a rainy blooming spring forest are absolutely beautiful. The second part of the trip was sunny, but a bit colder at nights.

    Couple of photos from this trip:

    https://sun9-71.userapi.com/e8E7cHlg...gMYveRLYtk.jpg

    Small river and beaver dam:
    https://sun9-37.userapi.com/4o1vf9sX...6FNOfYIaN8.jpg
    https://sun9-67.userapi.com/HUQQeUeZ...ntj2gfqhH0.jpg

    Forest lake near my second camp. Water is already pretty warm for this time of the year. At least from wolverine perspective)
    https://sun9-53.userapi.com/PhR-fHWz...pNdsT4UfbE.jpg
    https://sun9-3.userapi.com/qg0KhIqVm...0mfC4mFAK8.jpg
    https://sun9-68.userapi.com/e739EaIv...fo-EdrvUzU.jpg
    https://sun9-26.userapi.com/3nNYGGQG...1xVhJTsnx0.jpg

    My campfire. Made a fire-proof ring around it because ground here is a bit flammable.
    https://sun9-30.userapi.com/9ZT4t5EB...ebuRloVHyQ.jpg

    Morning view from my camp. I rested in this place for a day and a half. A little hidden glade on the bank of small river.
    https://sun9-9.userapi.com/llsFxbYGt...auEb-n_Zxc.jpg

    Forests along the river:
    https://sun9-69.userapi.com/5QOfevhH...7DqwdzIiZU.jpg
    https://sun9-31.userapi.com/ZTMVpelW...yMvSPELrlw.jpg

    Nice soft mosses:
    https://sun9-32.userapi.com/coITgytW...9cskYVDxlc.jpg

    Food) Tea with lingonberry leaves, rice and meat. I often take a piece of frozen meat in short non-serious trips to eat in the first or second day. To more serious trips where the weight limitations are more strict I take only dried meat.
    https://sun9-36.userapi.com/G3RP6b_A...-2g0Cu_dsQ.jpg

    Another forest lake:
    https://sun9-46.userapi.com/mXY-61wO...X_7bYrr1Jo.jpg

    This green land with small birches along the lake is actually floating:
    https://sun9-59.userapi.com/lWi_w3J9...3DfpyqfAVw.jpg

    A bog.
    https://sun9-39.userapi.com/ldfnPqrj...-yr4rKTROo.jpg

    The third forest lake:
    https://sun9-9.userapi.com/ykIj3J4oc...2RC-0jVhqk.jpg

    Here was a road once...
    https://sun9-49.userapi.com/iNmMSFZ-...tT-IBb636k.jpg

    The trip to my usual camping place (on yet another forest lake) was quite longer and harder than I expected. I got there only in deep dusk and was tired. Fortunately, there were a lot of firewood that I prepared earlier. In the evening:
    https://sun9-61.userapi.com/kj0G1XS4...RLWrPIZ_uI.jpg
    https://sun9-23.userapi.com/kEcwp36D...IYE5yuL8_0.jpg

    Nice long lasting campfire from the big logs with directional heat output.
    https://sun9-64.userapi.com/scmNDhXN...qq1Ecwra6Q.jpg

    One more forest lake. Used to stay here quite often.
    https://sun9-39.userapi.com/l0_2ex-s...jZzGP4-qiM.jpg
    https://sun9-37.userapi.com/9VSnT13U...FCbQrAQDWE.jpg

    Very bright young birch leaves:
    https://sun9-13.userapi.com/7RWxr6Hd...Tj50T42Apg.jpg

    A road on the way back:
    https://sun9-5.userapi.com/nsWomjA-m...0JPClMNzAU.jpg

    And my city from afar, the bank of Volga river.
    https://sun9-44.userapi.com/0RhTzC7q...EzhL6K_9yg.jpg
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    That looks so refreshing. What beautiful forests, and how awesome that you're able to get out of the city and really savor them! Thank you for sharing.

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    Fantastic pictures!

    It's interesting that Russian cities seem to have identifiably similar silhouettes in comparison with other countries.

    This may be a dumb question(I know little about biking trips), but how do you distribute weight on the bike for your supplies? I hike, and the supplies for a five day trip are a bit heavy! I'm wondering how they are stored on a bike.

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    Kisota, TopBrass, glad you like it)

    Quote Originally Posted by TopBrass View Post
    This may be a dumb question(I know little about biking trips), but how do you distribute weight on the bike for your supplies? I hike, and the supplies for a five day trip are a bit heavy! I'm wondering how they are stored on a bike.
    Well. It is actually a good question, because all is even more complicated) My current bike is double suspension one (pretty chip and basic) and they are really not suited for long trips! It was presented to me by a friend a few years ago, it works, so I use it)

    I am seriously thinking to make "Forest Wind crafts" thread, because part of the answer will be better there, but for now will answer here.

    First, recently I made a number of modifications to the bike to made this sort of trips possible. DIY baggage bag on the extended frame:
    https://sun9-26.userapi.com/JdfZqrK3...81mAlc3XQM.jpg
    https://sun9-45.userapi.com/_OZ5ivsE...fQZsFIU1nQ.jpg
    https://sun9-72.userapi.com/lcTGWWJh...l1kY-8ww_g.jpg

    As well as mount for water bottle, pump, and good fender mudguards (double suspensions usually have pretty crappy ones). Here are all modifications on the bike in "natural environment" after a day of rains:
    https://sun9-36.userapi.com/MMeJYkwa...s19yCo6gMQ.jpg
    https://sun9-71.userapi.com/gz7JaURl...WJ5qtV5o5U.jpg

    Most dense and heavy stuff goes in the baggage bag. It has about 13 litres of volume but pretty steady. The light and soft stuff goes in the small backpack. Mostly clothing and sleeping equipment. Tents (well, I don't use actual tents I use awnings, or half-tents + campfires) are also tied to a baggage bag on top. This is one of my typical camps:
    https://sun9-65.userapi.com/FCKZ_c1y...n8AIAYv0jo.jpg

    It was a pretty beautiful place, actually with small pines and blooming bird cherry:
    https://sun9-31.userapi.com/_ocDR5l3...i84ubiQTXs.jpg


    Second part of answer is that I use considerably less equipment than regular persons, as well as my food ration is almost perfect) Very lightweight, with very high nutritional value, and balanced on proteins, fats and carbohydrates. With this ration I need about 600 grams of food per person per day if I want to be efficient. It is a whole another topic that actually deserve a separate thread.

    In short, 5 days is a very small trip for me. Some of my winter skiing trips are up to 14 days long, and in warm part of the year up to a month. So I don't need too much stuff for 5 days.
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    Forest Wind, I just wanted to backtrack to say that I looked at your photos and they are so very soothing! Especially the moss-covered forest floor. I'd even go barefoot for a bit. Ahh, visual escapism! Thanks for sharing those.

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    A very detailed answer!

    Your setup looks very spartan, but efficient. I carry a tent, sleeping bag, and sleeping pad with me. They're nice, but take up a ton of room. Think my pack is about 40 liters. I also carry extra clothes, some basic medical and emergency supplies along with food and some tools. Outdoors living and survival is a very interesting subject, I can't say I'm all too knowledgeable or experienced about it. Like you, I like to sometimes bring some fresh meat and fresh ingredients and make a kind of hobo stew to have a fresh, hot meal on my first or second day. I prefer cured sausage because that keeps a little longer. Otherwise I usually eat those freeze dried meals, or for shorter trips, sometimes MREs(they're nice, but very bulky and heavy). Canned sardines and pilot bread is also a favorite of mine on the trail.

    I haven't really tried to truly optimize my load or food, but that sounds like an interesting thought experiment.

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