Sunday: Jiehkkevárri (1834 mtrs) via Holmbuktind (1666 mtrs).
|Jiehkkevárri, taken later in the week from Ellendaltinden. The summit is the central high snow dome. Holmbuktind is the peak on the far left. The traverse between them follows the skyline.|
I would imagine this is going to feel like a big day for all but the most ludicrously fit; my friend measured about 2,300 mtrs of ascent. We had a very good avalanche forecast which made the double bowl that is the route up Holmbuktind feel OK. It gets pretty steep in a couple of places, some people took skis off for a short section coming up into the upper bowl, but I felt fine on skis even though I don't have heel bars on my bindings. Leaving the upper bowl and coming out onto the ridge there is another short steep bit, most seemed to take off their skis and I was happy to crampon that bit although some did just in boots. The ridge itself to Holmbuktind is easy enough going up but a serious place to ski coming back down, you wouldn't want to go off either side.
|Coming out of the bowls onto the summit ridge of Holmbuktind|
|Skiing back across the Jiehkkevárri across the plateau|
|Big drops either side - careful skiing back down Holmbuktind's summit ridge.|
|Fantastic skiing above the sea.|
|The last of the great spring snow, back down to the trees.|
Monday: Middagstinden (1072 mtrs).
|Middagstinden from the house we stayed in.|
|Steep skinning, Piggtinden's summit behind.|
|Looking back up at the great slopes we descended.|
Tuesday: rest day.
Heavy rain at sea level. Some of us went to Tromsø for some shopping. I visited the the North Norway Art Gallery which was both interesting and free!
|They grow 'em tough up north.|
Wednesday: the lower slopes of Blåtinden.
|Blåtinden from the lower slopes.|
|Olli making tracks down next to our track up.|
Thursday: Tomastinden South Summit (c. 1525 mtrs).
|Tomastinden in the evening light. Don't worry you don't go up from that side!|
|The skin track in up the Tomasrenna|
|The wonderful 'Place of Heavenly Peace'|
|A Norwegian skier dropping down from Tomastinden's south summit|
|Olli and Mikko skiing back down the Tomasrenna.|
Friday: Ellendaltinden (1345 mtrs).
|Ellendaltinden (centre) and Langsdaltindane (right) from Tomastinden. The approach goes up the valley between the two.|
|The valley approach starts along snowmobile tracks.|
|Higher, looking back down and westwards.|
|The mighty north wall of Langsdaltindane, around 700 mtrs high.|
|Swinging round to climb westward up the open easy summit slopes; great skiing coming back down.|
|Mikko on the summit, looking south into the valleys that go up to Sweden and Finland.|
|Hiking back down to the col where we left our skis.|
|After six days of great skiing, everyone back down safely. Enjoying a beer in the afternoon sunshine. Thanks guys for the great trip!|