Ryan Jordan

Mountain Comfort

Panasonic GF1, Lumix 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6, 1/500 sec f/3.5. Northern Gallatin Mountains, Montana.

There are lots of ways to be comfortable in the mountains, especially in the winter. This is only one of them. It may be my favorite. It’s a base camping / short mileage strategy, but really fun, and really comfortable. This is my interpretation of the ultralight hunting camp.

The Vertex 6.5UL (shelter) and its accompanying titanium shepherd’s (wood) stove is made by the good folks at Titanium Goat.

This weekend, I decked it out with an ultralight cot, an XL NeoAir, a WM Antelope GWS, a quality tea and coffee kit, and an ultralight hatchet. With a Pak-Rifle, clothes, food, and other stuff, a pack for four days in the wilds with this kit still weighs less than 30 pounds.

This photo sort of goes along with the previous post about the end of the trail in terms of composition. I like that the snow storm is hiding the mountains in the distance, pretty as they are.