I picked up my new SKUK Pilgrim from Alfa Kajakk the day before yesterday, and was very eager to try it. As yesterday looked like a great day for skiing, Monica Bryn and I loaded our kayaks with skis, ski equipment, food and of course Monica’s mascot: the rubber duckie nurse Anda Lovinda, and set out from the beach below the beautiful café Bryggejentene in spectacular Ersfjord.
Our first goal was the beach you can see in front of Monica’s kayak, and our second was Leirholsttinden at 907 meters above sea level to the left of Monica’s head in the picture above. The mountain looks really steep, but we were determined to give it a try.
The mountain is really steep, and at one point we had to take our skis off and climb the sheer rock. Mountain climbing in rando boots cannot be recommended, but finally we reached our destination.
At the bowl just below the summit we had to turn around, as we didn’t bring crampons. The view from up there was stunning, though, so we didn’t really mind. Halfway down we stopped to enjoy the wiew. The Ersfjord is simply stunning, and very quiet although it is very easy to get to. On our entire trip we only saw one boat. I normally do telemark, so today was my very first go on randonee skis. The lightweight boots is a great pre, so I guess I’ll be going shopping very soon.
We skied rapidly down to the kayaks, and kayaked back to shore to go off to Hege Hansen at Arctic Adventure tours for our next adventure: fresh prawns an bubblies with Justine Curgenven, Mia Kanstad and Hege Hansen in the lavvo at Hege’s wonderful dogsledding basecamp Arctic Adventure Tours https://www.facebook.com/pages/Arctic-Adventure-Tours/163657750353683?pnref=lhc