Night Sky Photos from Tenth Mountain Division Hut

It has been a while since I've been able to get away on a hut trip.  But, I had the fortune of going back to tenth mountain division hut for a few nights.  Other than the new snow mobile routes, the trip was as perfect as I remember. One of my latest hobbies is taking photos of the night sky, specifically the Milky Way.  Every time I pack for a trip, I am conscious of my weight, and I really don't like to bring things I won't use.  Taking up a camera specifically to photograph the night sky was a risky item, but I had to do it.  Of course, the weather was not supposed to cooperate until the day we left, and the temperature was not supposed to get above freezing the entire time we were there.

One the second night, the clouds broke, the winds died, and I was able to get outside and take some photos.

The warm glow of the hut and the Milky Way in the Background.

Tenth Mountain Division Hut is in the foreground, Venus is setting behind Homestake Peak while the Milky way stretches off on the right.  

Tenth Mountain Division Hut and star trails

Cleaner Water on your hut trip

One of the things I grapple with on hut trips is the water supply. To me, being in a hut is partially a struggle in cleanliness and keeping sanitary conditions.  It is one part of the hut trip where we rely on those before us to all take the water supply seriously. Anyone who has looked into the water supply sitting on the stove can attest to seeing all sorts of things floating above and below the water. I really don't want any of that in my drink, and there are few options available to clean it out that wouldn't make it worse. I used to use a strainer, and sometimes with coffee filters, but either of those techniques missed the little things, or created too large a mess.

This summer I won a Steri-Pen kit at an auction, and it came with a "pre filter" funnel that seemed like the perfect tool for my hut problems.  This is not the ultraviolet light system.  It is called the SteriPen FAF-ADP Drinking Water Bottles Filter Kit and it is a simple funnel system that is about 3 inches wide, and 7 inches long.  The funnel has a replaceable and easy to clean SteriPEN Filter Cartridge to remove particles greater than 40 micron.

The water flows through the filter fast enough that it really does not interfere with the flow and there is no difference in the time to load water bottles or or your cooking water.  We ended up using it for everything except our dish water.  To give you an example of what this filter removed from our water, here is a picture I took from one day's worth of water usage:

Yes, that is hair, looks like some belly button fuzz, dirt, and a lot of other nasty things I don't want in my water.  It's a small investment for a much healthier hut trip experience.

Hut Trip Batik Shirts For Sale

We worked with peak to peak batiks and created these shirts for  The shirt's are hand crafted batik shirts, using dyes and waxes to create a stunning shirt. You will certain be wearing the coolest shirt in the hut.  Each shirt is made to order, and takes approximately 2 weeks to deliver.

If you wish to order a set of shirts for a group trip, we can modify the back of the shirt to include a short phrase of your choosing.

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