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Ski-trip to Rjňhornet (600m), Jan 2 2011


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My normal route to Rjňhornet

My normal route to Rjňhornet
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Anne and I greeted 2011 welcome on a beach in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, and a few hours later, we sat course for the Aeropuerto. Returning to Norway brought along mixed feelings, as we drove home in a mix of rain and snow, and with a temperature drop of more than 22 degrees C. But that's also the charm of visiting (and leaving) a different continent. And in the end, home is always the best place on earth...

While Jan 1 was travelling day, Jan 2 offered an opportunity to go to the local mountains. As Anne hadn't been to Rjňhornet yet, this was where I suggested we should go. I've done quite a number of trip up this mountain, and it's one of my local favourites. I like the route from Leikong best. And when the snow is good, you get 600 vertical meters of fun skiing along this route. It's also a small bonus to start at sea level...

 

Starting at sea level

Starting at sea level
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It was snowing all morning, but the weather settled around noon. We grabbed this window of opportunity, drove to Leikong and headed upwards with Telemark equipment on our feet. I was a little worried that it had been raining too much while we were away, but the skiing conditions were excellent. As we exceeded 300 meters, we ran into pockets of ice. But this was of no big concern.

 

On the way to Rjňhornet

On the way to Rjňhornet
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The weather stayed stable as we made our way up the mountain. Would it hold until we reached the top? The wind was picking up, but we still had a good sight. A beautiful light appeared to the south. Certainly a candidate for the 2011 moments category...

 

A beautiful light

A beautiful light
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We reached the summit 2:19pm - 1h:17m after heading out from Leikong. We stayed on the summit for 5-10 minutes, and were in a hurry to descend before we were overtaken by a snow shower.

 

On top of Rjňhornet

On top of Rjňhornet
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When the snow shower came along, visibility became extremely poor, and skiing became difficult. The conditions improved slightly when we reached the lower part of the mountain, but the skiing was still mighty fun! Returning to Norway wasn't so bad after all!

 

Descending Rjňhornet

Descending Rjňhornet
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Pictures

The pictures were taken with a Canon EOS 550D + Canon EF-S 17-85mm IS USM F 4-5.6

 
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To Rjňhornet

1. A quiet fjord 2. Blňtind massif 3. Starting at sea level 4. Into the forest 5. In the forest 6. In the forest 7. Nykreimsholmen 8. Rising out of the forest 9. Sun rays 10. Blňtind massif in the background 11. Snow showers on Voldsfjorden 12. Passing Huldrehornet 13. Rjňhornet comes into view 14. Big sky 15. Still blue sky. For now. 16. Big clouds 17. The final hill 18. Almost up! 19. Sunshine 20. ěrsta & Volda view 21. On top 22. On top 23. The first jump in 2011 24. Anne on Rjňhornet 25. Hareidlandet view 26. Haukelandsnipa

Descent

27. Very poor light. Skiing is difficult! 28. Using the poles as reference 29. Doing the best we can 30. The best part 31. Nice snow in the lower part 32. Slalom between trees 33. Returning to Leikong

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