|Urfjellet from Reme
|Estimated net time||3-4 hours|
|Difficulty||There are no real difficulties but some care should be taken with respect to navigation from the Reme-road and up towards Remeheia. You're advised to find the ledges in the lower sections, as opposed to follow the summer route (marked by red poles).|
|Drinking water||No stable access to running water during winter.|
|GSM coverage||Coverage throughout the route (March 2016).|
|Parking||Room for a few cars around trail head.|
|Start height||77 metres|
|Vertical metres||850 metres for the roundtrip.|
|Trip distance||8.4 km|
From road E39/E136 turn north towards Eidet/Vatne and drive approximately 9.0
km. Turn left in the T-junction and drive 4.4 km, and then continue uphill
through the Remme tunnels and turn tight after 3.2 km (first right after the
second tunnel). Drive 80 metres and turn right, and then drive another 130
metres. Find parking somewhere along the lower road.
Walk another 80 metres and turn right onto a forest road (you're likely to be able to put on your skis here). Ski up to the flat section of the road, approximately 1.4 km, to a little past the registration book, and then turn left to head uphill. You now have less than 100 vertical metres with slightly steeper terrain, and need to navigate slightly carefully to find a good route. There's in practice very little forest so it's just a question of finding the best and shortest route up to approximately 500m. Then turn right and head up to the plateau Remeheia at 655m.
From Remeheia gradually turn north and a little north/north-west towards the end. The registration book is located approximately 100 metres east of the true summit, but the vertical distance is in the range 1-2m and the crevasse can be quite challenging so it might not be worth risking the extra single metre of vertical gain.
Descend by reversing your ascent route, or some slight variations to avoid having to re-ascend.
10. March 2016
Trond sent me an SMS message on Wednesday and asked if I wanted to go skiing the following day, and we agreed to ski Urfjellet. Five minutes later Lene sent me a message asking if I wanted to join her for a hike to Hellandshornet the same Thursday, so I countered by asking her to join us to Urfjellet. And as expected she was on, and we agreed for her to pick me up around lunch.
We met around 11:30 at Reme on Thursday and skied up along the forest road to the highest point of the road. From here we had a short discussion on our approach towards Remeheia and found what turned out to be a reasonable route. From Remeheia we hit a slightly more direct route than the normal summer route, which goes further east and around the ridge on the north side of the ridge. The last few tens of metres were a little more challenging than the summer route because of a cornice, but no real difficulties. And after a stop with change of clothes and signing the summit register we headed directly down the south slopes of Urfjellet.
The snow above Remeheia was fairly hard, but quite within what we could cope well with. And below Remeheia we had much softer snow and skiing was quite OK despite a little heavy going.
I kept loosing my skis while descending, and from Remeheia I had to change from descent mode to ascent mode for the bindings, which at least hindered me from loosing my skis. Not very efficient, but at least I got down in reasonable style. And after the skiing it was straight down to the sports shop in Brattvåg, where Per Arne managed to get help from the importer of the Atomic boots and ordered some new (bigger) brackets for the shoe-heals to be better fixed to the binding.