Norwegian Mountains, Møre og Romsdal
Laupsnipa (558m) on skis, Feb 7 2010
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I've been to Laupsnipa a number of times, in all seasons, in good weather, in bad weather, on foot and on snow shoes and it's a mountain I claim to know quite well. But until this Sunday, I had never been there on skis.
The weather was not the best, neither was the snow nor the light, but it was still a good day to do Laupsnipa. The day before, Anne Rudsengen and I had a brilliant trip to Høgenipa in Volda/Vanylven, until I had to visit the local emergency ward with a really bad eye infection. Thus, Sunday's activity would have to be somewhat "limited" and with only 550+ vertical meters, Laupsnipa was a perfect trip.
We followed the forest road up from Voldnes for a little while, then we decided to head directly over to the east ridge. It seemed that it would be possible to ski the ridge all the way down to the trailhead, so we wanted to get to know the terrain a little better. We certainly did not pick the easiest route, something which Anne found very fun.
Laupsnipa is clearly one of my favourite mountains in this region, and there's just something very cool about the east ridge route. I had been wanting to ski here ever since my first hike to Laupsnipa in October 2006. And now the time had come. Unless something happened along the way...
We arrived at the Laupsnipa cairn safe and sound, and from the visitor's register, we could see that two other skiers had been up here earlier in the day. So people do ski to Laupsnipa, but from a different trailhead (Jøsok, I think) and along a different route (via Voldnesvatnet). We then moved over to a point which is a few meters higher than the cairn point and had a fine view towards the south side of Gurskøya, Rovdefjorden and Vanylven mountains.
The time had come for the most enjoyable part of the trip - the descent (of course). Because of rocks, we couldn't stick to the ridge all the way, and at approx. 400m, we found a good route between Voldneselva and the east ridge. The snow got better the further down we got, and the most fun part was alongside the forest above Voldnes. The pace was fast, the route absolutely not obvious and decisions had to be made fast. In other words; fun, fun, fun.
It was only proper that we skied all the way down to the fjord, and who knows - perhaps this was the first east ridge ski descent from the summit to the fjord?
The pictures were taken with a Canon EOS 450D + Canon EF-S 17-85mm IS USM F 4-5.6
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