|Varden from Tomrereset
|Estimated net time||1½-2 hours|
|Difficulty||No difficulties, but you should show some care with respect to the cornices along the east ridge of Varden.|
|Drinking water||No access to running water during winter.|
|GSM coverage||Coverage throughout the route (March 2011).|
|Parking||Room for many cars at car park by trail head.|
|Start height||300 metres|
|Vertical metres||370 metres for the roundtrip.|
|Trip distance||4.3 km|
Drive to the intersection of roads 659 and 661 by Eidet (Tennfjord). Turn right towards Vatne, and continue from Vatne towards Fiksdal. When you meet road 661 at Fiksdal turn right and drive 7.4 km towards Tomrefjorden. You will now see a sign for "Setervegen" to your right. Drive 200 metres up this road to an unmanned toll booth. Pay the fee here (winter fee is NOK 50 per 2011), and continue another 2.6 km on gravel road to a large car park on your right. Park here.
Start skiing by heading west, on the left hand side of the small top Tua above the car park. Ski around Tua and turn north-west down into the flat section between Tua and Varden. From here continue north-west up to the east ridge of Varden. Once on the ridge turn left and ski west all the way to the summit. Make sure you don't ski too far out on the right hand side of the ridge as there are cornices towards north. At the summit area you first get to a large cairn with a registration book. Proceed another 110 metres to claim the summit.
Descend by reversing your ascent route.
13. March 2011
This Sunday was a little grey, but no wind and a fine temperature was just the invitation I needed for a hike. I asked Sigurd if he wanted to join, and he was on. The plan was that he would ascend using snow shoes and then descend by means of his snow board. This would allow me not to have to carry any of his gear. My plan was to ski up and descent using the snow shoes, as I didn't feel my knee was up to any downhill skiing yet.
From the car park we enjoyed the first class snow around Tua and down into Hesteskaret. The easy slopes up to Varden's east ridge also had perfect snow, but I suspected the east ridge would have more wind packed snow and less favourable conditions. But the snow along the ridge was OK up to around 580 metres, from where we had wind packed snow and some ice.
At the summit we shared a couple of sandwiches and some water, and enjoyed the fact that there was zero wind. We also decided to descend via our ascent route, and I decided to try to ski down with the skins on. This worked out pretty well, except that I took off the skis in a couple of narrow places along the ridge. When we got further down the skiing was very nice, with almost perfect snow.
Back at the car we decided to find a petrol station down in Tomrefjorden and buy
a couple of Cokes, but it turned out that the nearest petrol stations are
located in Vestnes and Vatne, so we decided to drive back home and get some more