25th Anniversary Appeal Expedition: Day 38

Bellingstua to Verestua. 13 km 3 1/2hrs. Some days in the winter mountains are elusive when we try to capture them with words. No phrase or description does them justice... today was such a day. In the quiet morning light, casting long shadows across the glittering snow I leave...

25th Anniversary Appeal Expedition: Day 37

Meråker to Bellingstua. 53km 11 1/2hrs. Last night I checked the weather. Two good days, then significant snow forecast. So I made the decision to make the long leap to Bellingstua, effectively linking what I'd planned as two days. The groomed tracks around Meråker enabled this, giving me pressed...

25th Anniversary Appeal Expedition: Day 36

Schultzhytta to Meråker. 31km 6hrs. This weekend I've had my first human company during the day. My friend Håkon who lives in Trondheim and has helped me position 3 vital resupply packages in the mountains around Trondheim. With the weather forecast to be stunning he asked to join me...

25th Anniversary Appeal Expedition: Day 35

Nordpå Fjellhotel to Schulzhytta. 43km 9 1/2hrs. After a perfect nights sleep in a luxurious cabin, my friend Håkon from Trondheim met me for breakfast with the plan to join me skiing for the day. It's my first day of human company and what a stunning day! Håkon tells...

25th Anniversary Appeal Expedition: Day 34

Skordalen to Nordpå Fjellhotel. 30km, 6 1/2hrs. Today I reached the first of three resupply parcels in the mountains around Trondheim. Which is a big boost to spirits because this last section took 3 days more than I originally planned. (I didn't know the area and my original...

25th Anniversary Appeal Expedition: Day 33

Rørøs to Skordalen. 30km 5 1/2hrs. Today had potential to be dull and difficult. Strong winds from the south, overcast, and my next fixed destination, Nordpå, too far to reasonably or rationally do in a day. So I opted to split the journey and hope tomorrow will be a...

25th Anniversary Appeal Expedition: Day 31

Vingelen to Rørøs. 47km 9 1/2hrs. Wow... what an amazing day. I love skiing. I love Norway. I love skiing across Norway. I love snow. I love winter landscapes. I love feeling strong enough to ski forever. 😊 There was a lot to love about today... maybe even my...

25th Anniversary Appeal Expedition: Day 30

Lomåsen to Vingelen. 20km, 4 1/2hrs. I expected to wake tired and sore... but I felt fine, but very hungry. I was seriously considering a rest day because Eystein's house in Lomåsen would be perfect for that... but I'm running out of supplies... The thought of the supermarket in...

25th Anniversary Appeal Expedition: Day 29

Grimsbu to Lomåsen 52km, 12hrs. Today I made a poor decision...and over-estimated the distance I could cover in these conditions. This was the first day that was uncomfortably long... it started in Musher heaven and finished in Trucker hell. It started with a good plan... when I arrived...

25th Anniversary Appeal Expedition: Day 28

Grimsdalshytta to Grimsbu. 33km 7 1/2hrs. An early start from the hut because I thought it could be a long day... I started with an easy ski down the grimsdalen before I had to climb to a snowed-up hamlet Tollevshaugen. I was aiming to intersect with cut tracks...

25th Anniversary Appeal Expedition: Day 27

Døvre to Grimsdalshytta. 30km 7 1/2hrs. Today I passed between the Rondane and Døvrefjell, through the Grimsdal... which is appropriate because the day started pretty grim. The kind of day it would be easy to roll over and go back to sleep... little visibility 40kph winds and snow...

25th Anniversary Appeal Expedition: Day 26

Lemonsjø Fjellstue to Dovre. 43km, 9 1/4hrs. This section is tricky for all those attempting Norge på langs; how and where to cross the deep Otta valley. In recent low snowfall years this has often meant a lot of walking along roads... 😱 I took local advice from...

25th Anniversary Appeal Expedition: Day 24

Gjendebu to Hindseter Fjellstue. 38km, 8 1/2hrs. Today I felt like a character in 'The Revenant' movie. I started before light because I wanted to make this a big day... and I had all 19km of lake Gjende to cross. 😱 The first 10km I broke trail... and then noticed...

25th Anniversary Appeal Expedition: Day 23

Tyinstølen to Gjendebu. 32km, 8 1/4hrs. The good weather continues, it's still cold but now there's cloud cover so only -10C or so. I started just before dawn, heading out across the lake to pick up a pisted track that has been cut along the E side. This runs...

25th Anniversary Appeal Expedition: Day 22

Sulebu to Tyinstølen. 19km 4hrs. Short day to re-supply in Tyinkrysset and re-charge the legs ready for a big day through the Jotenheim tomorrow. Leaving Sulebu cabin with -26C and the first alpine glow on the horizon was unforgettable... so rich for the spirit marvelling at how amazing...

25th Anniversary Appeal Expedition: Day 21

Bjordalsbu to Sulebu. 30km, 7 1/2hrs. Physically a little easier today but still bitterly cold. Started hauntingly beautiful... skied out my last few hours with Joker through immaculate untouched white mountains... to Breitstølen Fjellstue. Erland Gray, Joker's boss met me to take Joker home. Joker was so excited to...

25th Anniversary Appeal Expedition: Day 20

Storestølen to Bjordalsbu. 30km 8 1/2hrs. Today was a cold, cold day... clear skies from dawn until dusk and a big move north to make. About 1000m of climbing today as well, in two main sections, the first immediately up above storestølen fjellstuga and the second up high and...