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Taps was at 1900 hours. It was a bit early to crash, but our energy levels were down to zero from an earlier scramble to Ingalls Lake from our base camp. It was below freezing outside anyways. Shooting star trails could have been an option, but the waxing half moon was too bright.
We had three tents spread across the camping area -- one was storage.
Being in a four-season tent and having a 20-degree Fahrenheit down sleeping bag was good, but it was still a bit freezing. I wasn't able to sleep. After 6 hours of staring at the tent's canopy, I got up and got out of the tent. The moon had already set -- the sky was now prime for star trails shooting.
It was somewhat hard to balance the brightness of the light inside the tent and the stars. After 5 trips going in and out of the tent and disturbing Ryan, I got it down to acceptable levels. I even had to stuff the headlamp inside our emergency med kit to dim it down further.
Shooting outside was warmer than staying motionless inside the tent. But hearing Gregg or Corey snoring once in a few minutes was making me paranoid. The sound resembled that of a grunting bear and I didn't want to get eaten alive!
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