Mountain Dreams in Hurrungane

Skagastølsryggen is one of the classics in Jotunheimen National Park. We got surprised by snow and ice this summer. See the pictures from the adventure.


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!

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.

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Gjermund Nordskar and Elisa Røtterud are enjoying the unexpected snow and ice at V-skaret

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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.

“The way up to the top of the mountain is always longer than you think. Don’t fool yourself, the moment will arrive when what seemed so near is still very far."

-Paulo Coelho

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