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After the clock was set one hour forward, it was now possible to do an after-work hike to Gullfjellstoppen before sunset. I headed up to Lake Osavatn (without the dog), aiming to hike up and down via Glamragjelet and take a look at Pilatusgjelet couloir while passing by. There was no need to bring skis. I didn't have to put gaiters on before I reached the far end of Lake Svartavatnet, and the snow carried well anyhow.
As I headed into Glamragjelet, I met a young man who came skiing down from Ronamanen (not the steepest section). He and a couple friends had climbed up Pilatusgjelet, using ropes as they had to bypass a huge cornice about to go, and then skied down Ronamanen. Very cool. I still haven't climbed Pilatusgjelet, but one day I will.
I continued up Glamragjelet and got a good look up Pilatusgjelet. It looked steeper and more unfriendly than ever. A fall from the upper section could result in a very serious injury, as the lower sections had started to melt. A huge cornice had already left the mountain and lay dismantled at the bottom of the couloir. The snow was hard as ice, and I did not feel any need to climb up there on my own.
I continued up Glamragjelet, which I don't consider very steep. I raised the bar by taking a steep shortcut which led (almost) directly up to the summit. I had to use crampons and ice axe for this pitch. It took me 1 hour and 45 minutes, which included several stops for chatting and pictures. The time was 19:30PM, and I turned around after a short round of pictures.
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