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Everyday Adventures | Tristan Tinn</br>The Slowing of Time

Everyday AdventuresTristan Tinn
The Slowing of Time

"The sun glittered as it broke the horizon, its spherical shape distorting as the light penetrates the atmosphere. As it climbed, its walls rippled with energy, the effect is intensified at a longer focal length through the camera. Fortunately electronic view finders shield my retinas. It’s only when the sun is breaking the horizon that you truly see just how fast it moves."

Photography & Words by Tristan Tinn | @tristantinn

It almost felt alien, routine which was once regular for me, rummaging around, trying to assemble the right bits. Packing for an adventure. Somewhere new. The biggest struggle for me over the past 24 months has been the accelerating passing of time. Days and days, rolling into weeks and months. Our lives relatively stagnant in the exponentially accelerating repetition. Eat. Sleep. Work. Exercise. I once heard that the passing of time can be slowed by minimising repetition - this idea holds true in my mind, years after hearing it. Sure, we have been able to enjoy intermittent jaunts, mini-adventures from time to time. ‘It’ (which shall not be named) has certainly made me appreciate the simple pleasures. Something which I am often guilty of overlooking. We must give the basics of life the gratitude they deserve.

Miles the Duffle Bag at Sun Rise in Madeira

Ridge at dawn everyday adventure

Sunrise alarms at home are brutal at this time of year. Fortunately for us, nearer the equator things are a little more relaxed. We needed to be on the ridge just before seven to catch the pre-dawn colours roll into sunrise. Even with the sun hanging well below the horizon the still heat was unpleasant. Clothing clung to us as we trudged onto the ridge. A warm orange hue escaped the letterbox in the clouds, radiating to illuminate our steps. Flora clings to the sides of the ridge, stationary in the motionless air. The hum of insects builds second by second as they emerge into the new day.

Miles the Duffle Bag 28L Flatlay



Companions on the trail

"Miles the Duffle Bag 28L performed flawlessly as a high volume, easy access, lightweight backpack. It was my workhorse, carrying all my camera gear and a drone using an aftermarket insert to secure it all. Meanwhile the Smith the Roll Pack 25L took on a more utilitarian role, easily swallowing up extra layers and other bits to keep us comfortable all morning."

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Smith the Roll Pack 25l Flatlay packed up for summer

The sun glittered as it broke the horizon, its spherical shape distorting as the light penetrates the atmosphere. As it climbed, its walls rippled with energy, the effect is intensified at a longer focal length through the camera. Fortunately electronic view finders shield my retinas. It’s only when the sun is breaking the horizon that you truly see just how fast it moves. Light spilled onto the landscape, intensifying its grandeur and bringing the chiselled features to life. Heat swiftly followed, prompting us to proceed along the ridge. From our position on Pico De Arieiro (1818m) you can hike the full 7km ridge to Pico Ruivo (1861m) - the highest point on the island. The trek is an out-and-back, coming in at 14km total over an estimated 8 hours - more than we could handle in this heat. We decided to traverse part of the ridge to some of the tunnels, walk reports had suggested the first half of the route provided the best views anyway. The ridge offers lots of exposure, whilst also feeling safe. A well maintained path aids this along with railings on most of the precarious parts. As you traverse the rocky spines the route climbs and descends steep staircases, occasionally dipping into unlit tunnels, straight through the rock.

p>Smith the Roll Pack 25l on morning hike

Flowers at Sunrise on Everyday Adventure in Madeira

Miles the Duffle bag at sunrise in Madeira on Hiking adventure

The Miles 28L performed flawlessly as a high volume, easy access, lightweight backpack. Miles was my workhorse, carrying all my camera gear and a drone using an aftermarket insert to secure it all. Meanwhile the 25L Smith took on a more utilitarian role, easily swallowing up extra layers and other bits to keep us comfortable all morning.

Sunset in Madeira