Since Marmolejo I had a few weeks travelling back to Norway: Santiago, Buenos Aires, New York City, Montreal and Stockholm within 2 weeks, I felt like some sort of jet-setting businessman except that instead of a briefcase I was lugging around a busted up ski bag and instead of a suit I was clad in a duct-tape patched ski jacket.
Arriving back in Narvik I was happy to discover that the the snow is unseasonably deep, with some early season storms bringing snowline close to sea level. In the five days since I got back I've had 4 tours, with a total of 4700 metres. The most noteworthy outing was today's attempt on the celebrated Partisanleden with Micke (the guy who wrote the guidebook for skiing in the area- literally) even though we ended up bailing on our intended route.
|This is the view you get with one hour worth of skinning from town|
After finishing work at 8am I went home for a quick snack then met Micke at the base of the mountain at 9:30, we skinned up the closed ski runs at a decent tempo, reaching Tredjetoppen in less than 1.5 hours. From here our first descent was on a few inches of dry pow, wind affected in many places, but surprisingly good for this early in the season.
|A few soft turns from Tredjetoppen (the sun doesn't get any higher above the horizon at the moment).|
|Enjoying the view into Skamdalen from the top of Moskočohkka.|
Reaching Moskočohkka our assumption that the snow was thick and firm enough to allow us to downclimb without a rope was called into question. With only a few inches of sugary snow coating the rocks in the steep sections, the idea of continuing seemed rather foolhardy. So we turned around, and enjoyed a nice descent down to Forsnesvannet.
|Beisfjordtøtta as seen from the start of our down climb.|
|We turned around at this point because the prospect of down climbing this cliff band coated in a thin layer of snow seemed a little sketchy.|