Last friday was the autumn equinox, but the days are actually longer than the nights för a few days more. Until today, in fact. Some of you might have read the trip report I made two weeks ago, I decided to make a return trip to one of the islands, Nåttarö. Few people, and lots of empty horizon are big plusses.
There are even fewer ferrys now, so I got to the island after sunset. I took a quick walk across the island to the eastern side, and set up my hammock in the same spot as last time. I knew it would be pretty good shelter from the westerly wind. And I didn't want to try to find another spot after sunset.
After a cup of hot cocoa under the magnifient star-filled night sky, there wasn't much else to do than sleep. I'm having some trouble with my UQ, so it got a bit cold. I'll start a thread for specific advice about that.
I want to thank Mother Nature for putting a few clouds straight to the east. Makes for a much more interesting sunrise.
Saturday was spent walking along the cliffs, polished by the glaciers of the last ice age, and by thousands of years of wind and water. They also doubles as rainwater collctors in case you need water (there are pumps for for drinking water on the island)
There were some ravines that forced me to make detours inland, through the woods.
Camp site day 2, higher and further inland. It was getting colder, so I wanted more protection.
After preparing camp I went down to the beach
After an even colder night, I got up before dawn. It was too cold to stay in the hammock.
A cup of tea before dawn. I bought a new stove. Much more fuel-efficient than my prevoius, and everything,(including the gas canister) packs into the pot. But I'm eyeing those titanium wood stoves...
There were more clouds on sunday.
But it cleared up later in the morning.
Who said you need two trees?
Now I need to buy a new sleeping bag/top quilt. My present bag's comfort limit is probably around 10C/40F, I think the temperature dropped to about 5 C during the night (looking at weather data from the closest station). I'm thinking of a ZPack bag.
The temperature differences are big this time of year. From a thin merino top with arms rolled up during the day, to every item of clothing I brought along at night. Some more insulation is needed to make the nights enjoyable.