Alnestinden-1562 from Slettvikane (ski)
|Estimated net time||3-4 hours|
|Difficulty||Ascent of both tops have some steep sections, and if the snow is hard it might justify crampons. Note that there is avalanche danger into the valley, from Alnestinden on your right hand side, and also the ascent route to top 1562m.|
|Drinking water||You're likely to find running water in the lower part of the route during spring.|
|GSM coverage||Coverage around both summits, not at trail head, and unknown between (May 2014).|
|Parking||Room for several cars at car park by trail head.|
|Start height||719 metres|
|Vertical metres||1015 metres for the roundtrip.|
|Trip distance||8.6 km|
From the village Valldal on road 63, on the north side of Storfjorden, drive road 63 in the direction of Åndalsnes (north).
- At 15.1 km you pass the gorge Gudbrandsjuvet.
- At 30.1 km park on the car park on the right hand side of the road (there's a small building there).
Start your skiing by crossing the road and aim for the left (south) side of the valley coming down a little further north than the car park. Ski up to the flat section of the valley and head uphill towards left. Find your best route uphill, in the slightly steep slopes, and gradually turn right (west) as the terrain gets flatter. Ski across to the summit of top 1361m, which is marked by a small cairn.
From top 1361m ski directly down towards the saddle between 1361m and top 1562m. Gradually turn left when you've done the first half of the descent in order to avoid some cliff bands. From the saddle ski uphill on the right (east) side of the steep south slopes, and then turn left (west) from around 1400m. Ski west to the summit cairn, and make sure you don't ski too close to the cornice on the right (north) side.
From 1562m ski down a little further left (north) than your ascent route after you've passed the cornice. Find your best route down into the bowl at the end of the valley, and then reverse your ascent route back down to your car.
14. May 2014
Evening skiing together with Arnfred, Mark and Odd Arne. The snow was very hard in the upper sections, and in the steepest sections towards both summits I felt uncomfortable with the grip and decided to take my skis off and kick steps into the hard snow. Not terribly stylish when the others were skiing in fine style, but I made it to the summits and could enjoy some very fine skiing.
Mark used Njål's newly bought skis, and based on his feedback he was very happy with this style of mountaineering, which isn't something that's very common in the UK.