Norwegian Mountains, Møre og Romsdal

Sulafjellet on skis, from Langevågen, after dark, Jan 24 2007

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This was the seasons first ski-trip. About high time. Enough snow had fallen, and since we have to work for a living in the day-time, one has to bring the headlamp.

I decided to take this trip on my own, leaving the dog back home. I started out 17:00PM, and for some stupid reason, decided to follow the pipeline route until it crossed the tractor road. I should have taken the tractor road from the trailhead. The terrain was steep and the (powder) snow was deep. This was quite a struggle.

Once I reached the crossing tractor road, halfway up to Vonhytta, I followed it upwards. From Vonhytta, there were ski-tracks leading up the mountain. I caught up with another skier, and we arrived the summit together, 18:30PM.

It was quite chilly on top, but I was well dressed. However, I don't seem to fix the glove problem. Given proper gloves, there is no problem keeping the fingers warm, but then I can't do precision things like changing batteries or taking pictures. The thin gloves I had brought for the summit stay made my fingers numb. And that's all it takes before the summit stay gets unpleasant. And short. A third skier arrived from the east, but he was busy with his cellular phone, so we never got around chatting with him.

The summit section of Sulafjellet had a mix of ice and wind-born snow. Certainly not skiing terrain. But once back down on 650m elevation, the skiing conditions were quite good. My headlamp gave poor visibility ahead, so I had to take it a bit easy. Once back on the tractor road at Vonhytta, I let ski-tracks conveniently bring me down to the trailhead, which I reached 19:30PM.

It was -13,5 deg. C. at the trailhead, but I was quite warm. Back in Ålesund, the temperature had dropped to -6,5 deg. C. Quite a variation from such a short distance.

Earlier in the day

1. The first nice morning in 2007 (117KB) 2. A nice afternoon, too, but not the first in 2007 (123KB)


3. Map of the descent route (234KB) 4. Ålesund view from Vardane (239KB) 5. Vardane summit cairn (239KB) 6. Vonhytta (233KB) 7. View back up the mountain (159KB) 8. Panorama view from below Vonhytta (582KB) 9. Zoom towards downtown Ålesund (246KB)

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