The Swedes have a saying that goes somewhat like this: “All those days that came and went, little did I know that those were life itself”. Fortunately, in the stream of time some days really stand out, and engrave themselves in our memories. Today, the first real day of spring, was definitely one of those days.
After days of grey skies and rain, today was supposed to be a nice and clear morning, with clouds coming in during the afternoon, so Lillian Alice Sætre and I started fairly early from Standalseidet, and headed up towards Fladalen (the Fla valley) in the beautiful morning light. This trip isn’t particularly difficult, but in the course of 4 km you climb from approximately 365 meters above sea level, to 1365.
The scenery is truly astonishing, with spectacular views of Hjørundfjorden and the mountains around Ytre Standal.
Photo by Lillian Alice Sætre
The summit is at the end og a long, very narrow ridge, and cannot be reached on skis. However, one can ski from a small ledge below the ridge, and the last leg to reach this ledge is very steep, so we climbed with the skis fastened to our backpacks.
The climb to the summit is very steep, so an ice axe and crampons are strongly recommended.
At the top we get to enjoy the view of the famous mountain Kolåstind, where maybe a hundred skiers had carved their tracks today. We then turned our gaze towards our descent, where a pristine flank waited for us. Although eight splitboarders and two skiers had ascended before us, our chosen line was still untouched.
Our chosen line is to the right of the snowboard tracks – a pristine flank.
Photo by Lillian Alice Sætre.