Yesterday we went walking with Zirve. After a wonderfully sunny week, the weather was not great, overcast and raining at times so the climb up to the high meadows of Silver Mountain was not as much fun as it could be and the views of mist as we hit cloud level not what we were hoping for. We stopped by the meadows for an extended lunch break whilst a smaller group went for the mountain summit. Lunch was extended because the summit party got delayed as they needed to wait out some of the rain. Despite the near incessant rain at this time we managed to get a fire going, impressive with no dry wood or kindling and only a few sheets of dry paper and tissues, a small bottle of an alcohol based perfume, and a couple of plastic bottles – the plastic was at least dry. It took a while but eventually we had a roaring fire in the rain which we kept fed with an ample supply of very wet wood. Smoky but effective. By the time the climbing party got back the weather was starting to improve so we had a far more pleasant descent.
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