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This was my second ski trip the 2004-2005 winter season. After a good test on Haugavarden yesterday, Per Ove Oppedal, his dog "Odin" and me headed up to Gullfjellet this Sunday morning. Per Ove is always good company. I have done two previous trips with him - the wonderful Meneseggi traverse, and the Greenland adventure in May 2004.
We left lake Osavatnet 10:30AM. The parking should normally be full by now, but there weren't many cars there. It was a beautiful morning with enough blue sky to attract skiers. I guess however that most people didn't think that there would be skiing terrain so soon after the first snow. As long as we followed the existing ski-tracks, we were quite OK. Going off-piste would be a struggle. In addition, rocks were lurking just below the soft powder snow. Especially in the famous Korketrekkeren hill. I decided to put on skins for this hill. The rest of the trip went on vax.
We followed the normal route towards Gullfjellstoppen. Clouds were slowly moving in from the south and 5 minutes before we reached Gullfjellstoppen summit (13:15PM), the sun disappeared for good. We discussed skiing down Kinndalen, but I didn't feel much for damaging the skis any further. Getting a comfortable run down also attracted more than humping around in deep snow. It got quite chilly on top. "Odin" didn't enjoy standing still in this temperature, and we were on our way down a few minutes later.
We stopped by Redningshytten for a warm drink, and enjoyed a conversation with the hut attendant before heading down to lake Osavatnet. We were back at the car 15:05PM. It had been a good trip, but now I needed to get back to "Troll", who had been home alone all day. I didn't want to bring him to the mountain, as the temperature was -9 deg. C. when I checked in the morning.
When I got home, he tried to combine two modes; "Yeah yeah!" and "Who the hell are you?" It was amusing. I told him that now it was time for a walk. He went around in circles. I thought why not go to Mt. Ulriken, and let him get the long wait out of his system. We reach the top of Ulriken 16:45PM. It was dark by now, and the route up (Langrinden) was very slippery. The snow had been stomped to the ground, and the ice-axe came to good use. Especially at the icy high step above the forest. The temperature was only -5 deg. C., but a growing wind made the chillfactor noticeable. The descent was done in near record time. I was sliding almost non-stop down to the car, using the ice-axe as rudder. Priceless fun.
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