Melbysfjellet CCW from Beitostølen (ski)
Melbysfjellet
 
     

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Estimated net time 2-2½ hours
Difficulty No difficulties, except for a cumbersome ascent onto Melbysfjellet horse shoe. This can be avoided by ascending the horse shoe on its southern end.
Drinking water No access to drinking water during winter.
GSM coverage Coverage throughout the route (February 2010).
Parking Plenty of possibilities for parking around the trail head.
Start height 850 metres
Vertical metres 360 metres for the roundtrip.
Trip distance 9.4 km
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From road E16 at Fagernes drive north on road 51 a little less than 40 km. Find the "Kiwi" store on the right hand side of road 51, just before you entre Beitostølen centre. Park at the store's car park or somewhere close.

The road going right (east) immediately before the store is called Øvrevegen, and on its right hand side you will find ski tracks heading uphill. Follow these ski tracks up to a T-junction at 940 metres. Turn right here and follow these tracks east and then north. 1.9 km after the T-junction you get to another T-junction; turn left here. Continue 900 metres west to the next T-junction and turn right (north). Head north, on the left (west) side of lake Tutjerni, for 500 metres, and go off-track at the foot of a steep section at the west end of Melbysfjellet horse-shoe. Find your best route up the steep section and then proceed east to the summit, which is marked by a cairn.

There are many possibilities for your descent route, but to make it a round trip head back down to the ski tracks and turn left. Then ski back to the last junction and turn right. From here follow the tracks back south and then east, until you re-join the tracks you used to get up from Beitostølen. Ski down this enjoyable track and you'll be back at your car in "no time".

 

 

23. February 2010

Our second day of our winter holiday at Beitostølen, and no motivation for anything adventurous this Tuesday given that it was snowing. I therefore decided to visit one of my back-up tops in the area, which would enable me to stay on machine made ski tracks for most of the hike.

I skied from our rented cabin together with Cecilie, Elisabeth, Ingrid, Jon, Jonatan and Sigurd, but the group soon split into several smaller groups. At the second T-junction Sigurd changed his mind and decided to join me instead of continuing together with Elisabeth. From here Sigurd and me skied towards Melbysfjellet.

When we got up to the horse shoe shaped top we were evaluating possible routes to get from the tracks to the summit. We saw some tracks from a single skier heading up the southern end of the horse shoe, but from what we could see these tracks soon stopped so we decided to continue and ascend via the west end of the horse shoe. Unfortunately the place where we tried to ascend was very steep, and with the large amounts of snow we soon realised it would not be possible to ascend on skis. And since we only had one pair of snow shoes we agreed that Sigurd was to ski back down to the cabin while I continued to the summit. Using snow shoes wasn't much easier than skis, but I was determined to make it, and once the steep section was ascended it was easy going to the summit. Slightly disappointed I saw that the tracks we had seen heading up the south end of the horse shoe continued around to the summit.

During my final part of the ascent it stopped snowing, and the southern sky cleared rapidly, with a warming sun shining on the area. With this weather I wished the hike had been much longer, but there was not much point in doing anything else than to enjoy the stay at the summit, eat my sandwich, and take photos.

Back by my skis I headed back to the last junction, before completing my counter clockwise hike back to Beitostølen.

Photos 23.02.2010