A saying goes: Every mountain top is within reach if you just keep climbing.
Well, what do you do if you get surprised by snow in… July?
Skagastølsryggen is a specatuclar ridge traverse routes that lead to Store Skagastølstind, the 3rd highest mountain in Norway.
The mountain was first ascended by the British mountaineer William Cecil Slingsby in 1876.
A legendary achievement in the early days of Norwegian mountaineering.
The ridge is long, exposed and require climbing in parts of the routes. A spectacular adventure!
At Tindeklubhytta in Skagadalen we go up the mountainside to Nordre Skagastølstind (2167 m.o.h.) and from there via Midtre (2284 m.o.h.) and Vesle Skagastølstind (2340 m.o.h.) and all the way to Halls Hammer.
The last peak in the traverse is Store Skagastølstind (2405 m.o.h.). The back is airy and sometimes requires climbing of moderate difficulty. The return goes down to Hjørnet, on to Bandet and out Skagadalen to Turtagrø Hotel.
We decide to turn before Halls Hammer due to the challenging conditions.
Too many red lights, says Gjermund. The conditions are challenging and when it takes twice as much time as normally, accidents may easily occur.
It’s no shame to turn, he says.
That’s part of the game.