Fantastic place, weather and snow!
|Åndeskarnutane (Nordre Eggeskardnuten)||1455m||105m||Vinje, Norway|
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Monday: Our first ski-trip from our rented cabin on lake Møsvatn (Telemark county) became longer than we had expected it to. The plan was just to ski to Laksanutane (1353m), which we figured to be a decent ski-trip.
From the cabin, we got onto the frozen lake and headed to the west, aiming for a place that looked like it would give us a nice ascent up the forest part.
The snow was rock solid, without being icy. It was just perfect, as the weather. What a day!
We decided to pass point 1275m on the south side, having been “fooled” by the impression of somewhat steep terrain, seen from a distance. By now, it felt as we could ski just about anywhere…
On our way up, I kept looking at Åndeskarnutane (or at least the high point). Wouldn’t it be nice if …
We were closing in on Laksanutane high point, and everyone in the group was OK!
And eventually, we reached our first top in this region. Good spirit all around!
During our stay on top, I was able to successfully “sell” the idea of visiting Åndeskarnutane on the way back. Initially, Anne offered to wait for me at the foot of the mountain, but I had my hopes that she would come along.
We had a nice descent into the valley between the tops, and then headed for Åndeskarnutane, aka Nordre Eggeskardnuten. And sure enough, at the foot of the mountain, Anne decided to come along. We found a nice and easy route upwards.
It was really nice to reach the top. If I ever were to reach my annual goal of 100 new mountain tops (primary factor > 100m) this year, this Easter would be make or break. And now my total tally for 2019 was 3 (!)
The descent offered some really nice skiing even if we only had mountain skis. I cannot emphasize enough how nice the snow was!
We descended via Hestabotn and Haugestaulen before being back on the lake. Too bad we didn’t descent a little further south, then we would have passed Himmelsynnettane. What a stunning name. Doesn’t really translate, I think. “Heavenly view nights” doesn’t really say it…
There was NO WAY I would return to the cabin without having visited Hovdenuten – the high point on Hovdeøyi island. And Anne came along, once more.
3 new tops on the first day here. I could not have hoped for a better start of the vacation…
Trip statistics: 20,3km, 850 vertical meters, 5h:46m
Pictures (Canon 80D) from the trip: