Hovden Ski Trip
Day 1/Monday: half day trip with Len, learned about frozen lakes and cracks and how to pass them
After a 3.5h bus ride to Bjaen nearby Hovden we arrived at our cabin, sorting out our gear and went of for some hours in the snow to get used to snow and skis again. It was the first time using klister on the skis – and it worked out perfectly for the wet and old snow conditions. Compared to our self- organized trip I could already feel the difference in grip after the first few meters. I was able to walk without my skis slipping away the whole time and even the uphill parts were manageable without doing side steps or a V-shape steps. Our group consisting off 12 people and Len as a guide went to the nearby lake Breivatn. Where we walked along the crack of the ice but on the mainland. Whenever we had to cross the crack line it was important to cross it in a 90° degree angle with our skis, in case it breaks again. We saw and experienced how the ice can crack and sink down by weight. When we reached the end and the narrower part of the lake we felt safe to cross it. We split up and kept a wider distance (minimum of 5m) to each other to spread our weight. At the same time we had to look out that we won’t pass it to close to the end of the lake though because most of the time there will always be water supply f.ex. a creek/river where the water comes from and on the other side an outflow where the water goes. This means the water is flowing and moving underneath the ice and makes it more unstable.
After we returned to our cabin we spent the rest of the afternoon playing on the next by hill. I think this was a great idea because everyone had fun playing but at the same time got used to be on skiers again. For myself I could really feel after just half a day back on skis, some touring and some downhill runs and jumps how I already felt really safe to be back on skis again.
Day 2/Tuesday: day trip with Tim, avalanches, weather,
Next day we went out for a nice day trip with the goal to climb a peak. This time Tim was leading our group and we had maps and compasses with us, to orientate ourselves. Tim choose to climb the hill from the north shadowy side so we had some hours in the morning where the snow was not caught by the sun yet and we managed to tour just with an additional layer off blue wax on top of the klister from the day before. His plan worked out perfectly! No problems with slipping a way for most off the time. At the beginning he led us through an apple no off course birch tree plantation. The benefit of walking through trees was that the ground and the snow was more stable do too the roots and structure. At some parts of our tour we stopped we guessed the steepness of the hill and learned how to get a better estimate by arranging our poles in a 90° degree angle. Normally you would do that to make sure you are not in an avalanche risk but because it was only old snow and no new layer we were safe.
Day 3/Wednesday: skiing with heavy bag packs, building snowholes
Day 4/Thursday: short touring, walking up to a peak, windy, drying stuff in cabin, building shelters, bonfire in the snow
Do you recognize any benefits from learning to ski in the wilderness
What have you observed within the group (group dynamics)
How can you use these experiences in your future carrier, club and recreation time