Our good friends at Bre og Fjell delivers the guiding services for the annual Fri Flyt High Camp at Turtagrø in Hurrungane. We went up to visit the event which draws about 500 people every year in spectacular surroundings in the area that many considers the birthplace of mountaineering in Norway.
Personally I’ve been in the area a couple of times before and therefore done most of the usual classics that are part of the camp. Therefore we decided to do the touring by ourselves, but with input from the Bre og Fjell guides.
There are several projects that we wanted to take a closer look at. Thinking that the snow would be stable and with some soft snow on top it was time to “tag off” some couloirs. First priority was to do the “Nordøstrenna at Soleibotntind”. A fairly serious couloir described in the book/ leaflet “Skifører for Hurrungane” made by Tor Olav Naalslund and Jørgen Aamodt. If you want to do some steep skiing in the area, pick this up. Anyway, the couloir is said to average at around 50 degrees, and really needs perfect conditions.
After talking to the Bre og Fjell guides we judged that we instead should look for couloirs facing south. The specific one we had set our eyes would probably be covered in ice. Therefore we chose to do an easier one instead, “Sørrenna at Soleibotntind”. Facing south meant better conditions, and here the gradient was at the more pleasant 40 degrees.
On Saturday we woke up to rain and heavy fog. Things didn’t look very tempting, but after a slow morning at Turtagrø and skinning into the valley the sun came out and everything looked better. The hike up was fairly easy, but due to an uncertainty regarding how much the sun had affected the snow we still decided to use crampons and ice axe. Crampons felt good, but it turned out to be no need for the axe. Topping out on the ridge was a cool experience with a beautiful overview and look at Dyrhaugsryggen.
Back down the skiing was fairly easy. Not so steep, but some heavy snow on the upper parts which sometimes was a bit tricky. But after a fairly easy ski back down and out it was time to enjoy “the tick” and have a few cold ones back at Turtagrø.
Sunday came with more or less the same weather, beautiful blue sky. Only drawback was that it was fairly windy. This day we wanted to do another south-facing couloir and we chose the Sørrenna at Austabotntind. The plan was to walk up the ridge and ski down the couloir. Unfortunately, too much happened in the morning so due to a late start we didn’t reach the top and therefore had to ski the same way down along the ridge.
Hope to be back soon and maybe give the Nordøstrenna at Soleibotntind a second go.
This being a HH blog I feel the need to provide you with some information on the choice of gear for the tours:
- We used various HHDry and HHOne products as baselayer. Worked beautifully the whole time and kept me dry which priority number one for a tour like this. Personally I like to wear the HHOne tops when it’s warm enough not to use an insulation layer. Then you get the layer above the Lifa that makes it all feal dryer.
- On the legs I used the Odin Mountain Pant. It’s a light hardshell pant which works in more or less all conditions. It was tempting to use softshell pants, but because I didn’t know if I had to rest much on my knees on my way up the couloir I chose the more versatile hardshell.
- On my upper body I wore the new Odin Guiding Light Jacket (available from our online store soon) Our guides asked us for a really light, simple and durable jacket. This was our answer and it has soon become one of my favorites when doing touring in the spring.
- As always, I found room for the Odin Isolator in my backpack. A faithful and light friend that works beautifully when you want to take a short break.