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Thursday, April 5, 2012

Bivy night at high

For the sake of my winter vacation and nice weather conditions I wanted to do an overnighter. The weather has been much colder this week, and night temperatures are back to subzero. I had a simple idea. Some higher place with good views for sunset or sunrise, and just the bivy and sleepings bag for sleeping under the stars.

I headed out right after the sunset:



Approaching my destination in the dark:







Not a full moon, but close:



Most of the snow has thawed but not all:



A little bit of usual bike pushing:



My destination was the highest place in Paimio, called 'Pauhojanmäki'. When the weather is good one can see Turku from here (the distance is about 20-25 km).



The sky was beautiful:



The moon gave plenty of light:



I boiled water for Adventure Food expedition meal. Better to eat properly before the night.



Some clouds made a visit too:



My sleeping place with my friend:



The night was not cold, just below freezing. But I wanted to be sure that I'll be warm so I slept with the winter bag, Marmot Never Summer. And I slept fairly well.

In the morning I was rewarded with a beautiful sunrise:



Yes, a halo:







HDR:





A magnificent moment, a pair of majestic cranes:



My very nice campsite:



Morning glory:





I had trouble again with my stove, this time I had slightly too little of gas. Managed still to make warm (not hot) coffee and porridge:



The views from the top were nice:





The tower of Pääskyvuori in the horizon:



A couple of 'must shots' of my friend:









Some ice:





I rode back to home via the familiar trails of Paimio's Revenge:





Apparently it will take a long time to take away all the fallen trees of the Xmas storm:





The 9:Zero:7 was awesome bike again:



The last trail of the day:



Cracking overnighter, really enjoyed it.

Some extra photos here: Google+ and Picasa.

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