Dispatches from the Hinterlands

It’s Time to Yodel: Summit with No Ropes COMPLETE!

So recently I have been absolutely infatuated by the Summit of Timberwolf Mountain! Let’s face it I love heading up to the Summit, and if I don’t do it around 4 times a week someone better check my pulse. That said recently I’ve been attempting to reach the summit without using ropes.


Most of the time this is the direction of travel when heading to the Summit. You come up the very long rope, and cross a large field of debris. However because of seeing Farrgin Iceholes youtube videos I had at the very least a start point, but where to go from the resting shelf?

I made multitudes of attempts, finding a path to the right, trying to keep as high as possible and eventually I found my way to places unexpected but welcome! Find out more about how to make the Summit without ropes after the break!

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Return to the Front Face

So I wanted to return to the front face of Timberwolf Mountain with a more detailed look at how to get where I got to. So here’s a complete path via a series of screenshots!

Lower Front Face

Basically this is your start path from left to right. This is especially hit and miss you have to be pixel perfect. Where the first arrow is…while heading up and the right. If you get it right you will end up on top of the rock shelf.. You cannot make it across arrow 4 in the image if you are not on top of the ledge. Continue across the yellow dash and to the ledge with the last arrow.

What happens next?

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Challenge: For Grey Mother’s Health

It’s the 1 Year Anniversary of The Long Dark Community

And to celebrate we’ve tested and cooked up a new Challenge for anyone to try!


For Grey Mother’s Health

The first thing you’ll need is this: +h88-hsHw-KFDn-Y8h5-rgAA

Just like official challenges NO FEATS are allowed!

The idea is simple you start in Milton make your way to the outside of Grey Mother’s House. Ostensibly your challenge begins at this point. The challenge is both simple and complicated, Grey Mother is dying, and she desperately needs medical supplies. She has heard of a plane that turned a mountain to fire, it might have specialized supplies.

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The Ultimate Challenge: The Front Face of Timberwolf Mountain!

So we’ve all looked at it from the door to the Mountaineers Hut the imposing front face of Timberwolf Mountain.


For some of us, myself included, it took a very long time to even figure out the regular route up the mountain. In doing so we experienced the bounty of the tail section!


There are a breed of explorers that love to visit the Tail Section as much as possible and play the Hopeless Rescue Challenge just to visit. Every. Other. Day.

Beyond that though are those of us who have gazed upon the front face and said to ourselves: “There must be a way!”


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Some Thoughts on the Future of TLD

Hello from the Quiet Apocalypse!


Testing Testing!

Recently I’ve been exclusively playing in the Test Branch Sandbox (all of the screenshots in this article are from Test Branch) and ordinarily I wouldn’t be sharing a whole bunch about it because Test Branch has in the past been pretty full of spoilers. Generally speaking the Test Branch Sandbox is there to test out new menus, new crafting, new regions, new items- you get the general idea. However the sandbox on Test Branch right now is not being used to really test anything new game play wise, though I have noticed a few small aesthetic changes in certain areas.

As Patrick Carlson stated on the Forum (for the Test Branch):

Frequency of build updates to the Test Branch depends on a lot of factors. And this latest test process is somewhat different from past editions, as it focuses primarily on technology (Unity and audio upgrade), not brand-new content.

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The Long Dark: Winter Olympic Challenge!

In the spirit of the always exciting Winter Olympic Games I chose a couple of days ago to formulate a Winter Olympic Challenge for The Long Dark! I knew that it would cover every region, I even knew the path that would be taken, it was simply a question of what event(s) would take place in each region.

And whether I could complete it or not.

Now that I have I will describe each Region and the events that take place in each region.

This challenge is not easy it wouldn’t be an Olympic Challenge if it was!

First though 3 major rules: Pick up all the feathers you can grab. You cannot grab the rifle before Mystery Lake or Scrap Metal before Forlorn Muskeg (Phase 2). Once you have a firestriker or two you must drop all your matches (and try to remember not to pick anymore up).


Desolation Point

In Desolation Point your objective is to visit one of 3 Major locations: Hibernia Processing, Stone Church or the Lighthouse. And then retrieve the Bow and Arrow from Kate’s Secluded Corner and exit the Region. Once the Mine loads exit the game and then click on the load screen for the Challenge Sandbox and take a screenshot of your completed time for your records.

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Extended Survival Game-play: Nomad+ Challenge

So you know me when I’m not busy surviving or streaming…or editing, I’m usually testing some sort of extended challenge. In other words I’m trying something a little bit more dangerous and difficult and seeing if it can be accomplished. In this case my target was the much maligned Nomad Challenge.


The Nomad Challenge says that something else has changed and challenges you to spend 3 entire days at a series of locations scattered throughout the game world. That’s right, essentially 3 days, without reading any skill books since I never found a one, if you’re lucky you’ll have some mending, sharpening or cleaning to do. Mostly though you’ll be passing time in huge chunks, sleeping and eating/drinking.

Oh and also because only certain regions were available when the challenge was introduced you don’t get to visit some classic locations.

The challenge of the challenge is in planning your route and travel rather then the boredom of the 3 days inside said locations.

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The Long Dark is a top seller after leaving Early Access on Steam!

TLD Wolves

So I just happened to log afresh into my Steam account moments ago and the last “Advert” was for the Best of 2017! After clicking on it I noticed one of the categories was Early Access Grads so of course I clicked on that too.

At the top of the page it states: The top games that left early access in 2017 as measured by gross revenue this year.

And then lists games under Platinum, Gold and silver. So where does The Long Dark Stand?

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Christmas at the Log Cabin in Chiloquin: Bald Eagle, Fishery/Fish Farm and Wood Round Splitting

So I am typing this post from a comfy chair near the wood stove in the two story log cabin that my step dad and mother built from scratch. It’s 6 P.M. and there’s snow on the ground from over a week ago…but its a small amount compared to some winters I’ve been able to visit. However the weather is promising to bring fresh snow on Wednesday. My fiancee is enjoying seeing snow is such amounts for the first time in such a wilderness setting.

I’ve chosen to post a series of day in review posts of our daily adventures, so here is what we did on day one!

We saw a Bald Eagle!

As we were driving to the Fish Hatchery we saw a majestic Bald Eagle sitting high atop a Douglas Fir. We were too close to stop safely and I was unable to get a picture but I may have more opportunities in the next few days. There are also nesting Osprey’s nearby.

Klamath Fish Hatchery

What you see in the picture below are a series of pools that are holding very young trout. They are then moved to a larger section of a sectioned off flowing stream where they grow larger before release into various local streams and lakes.


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1,000 Hours Later, A Review of The Long Dark

TLD Wolves

In May of 2016 I wasn’t looking to purchase a survival game. As strange as this might seem to you now at that time I just couldn’t understand how people could like survival games. They certainly didn’t appeal to me, I love FPS games, Adventure Games, Racing Games, why would I want to try and survive- especially since in most cases I would have to be surviving either with or against other humans and almost always against zombies. I don’t much care either for MMORPG’s or Zombie games (perhaps a post on that point later) however there was a part of me that said:

You know what I really wouldn’t mind a survival game set in some icy unforgiving wilderness. One that was very unique with a style all of its own where the only enemies are the weather, wildlife and your own overconfidence.

And then I came across the image leading to the Steam page for The Long Dark (TLD),  a lone cabin, with a snow-scape and forest and some mean looking wolves. I was filled with immediate trepidation and fear, watching the trailers was eye opening, and the wolves put the fear of God in me. And yet in spite of that I made the purchase, here was a survival game that ticked every item in my survival game wish list. I was eager and frightened to play it.

There was however a problem.

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