Primož Jakopin, photo diary

Boybuloq 2021
The water source

August 8 - 10, 2021, 25 pictures

          Most images are approximately 683 x 1024 pixels in size, numbers in front of the picture descriptions are serial numbers of the original photo files. Full names of expedition participants, depicted in the pictures or mentioned in their descriptions: Larisa Pozdnjakova, Vadim Loginov, Valentin Gordienko and Mitja Mršek.
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Above the Base camp, August 8


50039. Bahtiër and Bobomurod on the rock plateau above the canyon, not far from the Base camp



50040. View uphill the slope of Chul-Bair, to the south, with clouds



50042. Evening view to the western horizon from the Chul-Baír slope. Lights in the valley are of the village Kurganchà, the tower in the mid-horizon is Katataš, the southern pillar of the Hodjà-Gur-Gur-Atà ridge.



50043. Constellation The Great Bear above the Hodja-Gur-Gur-Ata ridge. Phone photo taken during the Larisa's late evening photo trip, also with Vadim and Valentin, to the edge of the first canyon to the southwest, some half an hour away and below the Base camp, at its second crossing. Night sky over Chul-bair is particularly attractive, as there is next to no light pollution which would disturb the stargazing.



Around the Base camp, August 9


50044. Morning view down the canyon



50045. Pinky daisy, of the genus Erigeron



50046. The other side of the canyon, seen from the camp, where a crossing up the wall is suspected.



50047. Goat herd on pasture in the canyon ...



50048. ... here in a wider view.



50049. View out of a rock shelter, on the slope above the Base camp



50050. Shades of mountain layers, from the valley to Katataš, of the Hodja-Gur-Gur-Ata ridge



50051. View down the shallow next canyon (in the northeast direction)



50052. Larisa, the expedition photographer, took her job very seriously. For best versatility her basic equipment included a full-frame SLR, two high quality lenses and a drone. Here she is sitting on a rock with Katataš and its foothills in the background.



50053. Long shadows over the bare wrinkled rock plateau, with the entire Hodja-Gur-Gur-Ata ridge, from Katataš on the left to the Bellyauty pass on the right.



The water source, August 10


50055. The laundry day - Mitja is soaping the lower part of his undersuit.



50056. A female of a slim black beetle with red legs - side view ...



50057. ... and top view - starting to unwrap her wings



50058. Bladder campion, Silene vulgaris



50059. Mitja is carrying three plastic containers (10 liters each) of water from the source to the camp, over a rock shelf.



50061. Western half of a cavern upstream the source, view inside out



50060. Immediately downstream of the source the slot-canyon-like canyon bed opens up, with a ...



50062. ... large roof (in alpine climbing sense) in its northern wall.



50063. Broken rock, leaning on the wall, with very tiny support below



50064. View through the shrubs, in the late afternoon sun, the canyon wall in the background is in deep shadow, all day long.



50065. Vadim is departing to establish a long-wave-radio contact from the surface, from a point an hour and a half down the canyon, to the cave "bottom" team. After COVID-19 pandemic wiped out large-scale caving expeditions in 2020, Vadim managed to assemble and put in motion one of the very few caving "dream teams" of 2021 in just a month and a half, a team which succeeded to make a significant contribution to super-deep caving.



Related posts:



  Boybuloq 2021 : To Boybuloq, August 7     Boj-Bulok 2021 : Introduction     Boybuloq 2021 : Mitja's cave and Voronka ice cave, August 11  


This page, text and photos by Primož Jakopin, member of the Ljubljana Cave Exploration Society (DZRJL). Send inquiries and comments to primoz jakopin guest arnes si (insert dots and at sign as appropriate). Page initiated on September 17, 2021; date of the last change: September 21, 2021.