Sunday, 26 April 2015

Lofoten 2015 - part 2...

Sod's law was definitely in full effect - having flown in on a calm sunny day and then endured a week of wild weather team 1 then flew out on another bluebird dead calm day...
As I was into week 4 of a lingering cold/sinusitis, and with my next crew arriving in the late afternoon further East on the Islands this was a rest day for me, and having waved off the team at Leknes airport I had a leisurely drive up to Svolvaer spotting new lines, followed by a great burger at the Bacalao bar.

Scenery to die for:

A shot for all the Bo Selecta fans out there... "It'll be proper Bø I tell thee...":

Having met team 2 and settled in to our new lodgings at Lofoten Ski Lodge, the weather naturally took a turn for the worst again, and we opted for a warm up day skiing the Kudalsheia ridge on Rundfjellet. Despite variable visibility we found nice creamy snow up off the summit in the North bowl, and some reasonable spring snow on the lower shoulder.

Back to base it was time for some waffle action:

Day 2 saw us en route for Geitgaljern with an improving forecast. Noone seemed to have told the weather though, and after 550m of skinning in increasingly strong winds, followed by 30 minutes sheltering behind a boulder we opted to turn tail, but had a nice ski down the lower gully of the West face (amazingly mellow feeling comared to 2 years ago with Will and Chipie when we had to straightline water ice in the top half!):

After a strategic withdrawal to the lodge for a cup of tea and to dry kit out we headed off again into the afternoon as the skies finally cleared for a quick trip up Glomtind:



Summit team!:

Looking down on Kalle and the Lofoten Ski Lodge:

Opening up after the steep summit slope:

Glomtind from the Lodge:

More to follow...

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