Location: North 60.73554, East 006.73904 (GPS at the summit)
Difficulty: (YDS) class 2
Climbed January 28. 2018.
How to get there:
From Bergen, drive Hwy. E-16 to Voss (about 100 km), then continue past
Vinje (traffic circle) to Oppheim. Continue along the left side of
lake Oppheimsvatnet, still on E-16. From the location where you leave
this lake, drive about 1.5 kilometer more, then look for a road forking
right with a sign reading Brandset. Take this road, continue straight (uphill)
in a couple of road forks as the road climbs higher on the right hand side
of the main valley. About 1.5 kilometer after the last fork, you will find a parking
area on the right hand side of the road. Immediately thereafter, the road
crosses a small creek on a bridge, there is a gate here. Just park at the parking lot,
this is the tarilhead, location N60.77831, E006.70009, elevation about 570 meter.
This area is a military range, if there is military activity, then check the
route with some authorized person in order to avoid conflicts. The military seems
quite friendly and helpful co-existing with outdoor activities.
The larger mountain plateau is named Kaldafjellet, while the highest point is named
From the trailhead, ski directly towards Grånakken, 813 meter. Ascend on the right (west)
side and continue south to point 1014, ascending a bit on the right (west) side.
Continue to ascend the broad ridge passing right (west) of point 1292.
From here, one can ski directly towards the 1411 meter cairn.
Note I: This mountain can also be skied from
Reimegrend in Raundalen, this is a somewhat longer, but equally
Note II: An alternative route, particularly nice for skiing down,
runs a bit further east of the route described above. This involves a pretty continuous
hill with about 500 meter of vertical, the slope touches on 30 degrees. With visibility and
slightly better avalanche conditions, this variant is recommended.
I organized and led this trip as a Bergen Mountaineering Group outing. After the normal, late
cancellations (most likely due to a miserable forecast), we were a group of 11 leaving Bergen at 0800.
The trip had been planned for Manfjellet near Øystese, however the forecast called
for strong gale, heavy precipitation, mostly in the form of rain. Thus, I changed plans and
postponed Manfjellet until February 25th. The decision to ski from the trailhead above
Brandset was based on a few observations: 1) this trailhead is higher, so less trouble with
rain. 2) the forecast was slightly better here compared to Voss.
We met in Bergen at 0750 and departed on schedule at 0800. The road was partially
messy due to the large amounts of rain in the preceeding 12 hours.
We were ready to ski
shortly before 1100. Lots of new snow and quite a bit of
trail breaking in the beginning. The terrain is really nice, the trees are sparse and
the slope very gentle. Higher up, the wind was more noticed and we also had a pretty
heavy snow shower. Gradually, the white-out became pretty absolute and careful
navigation was required.
We arrived at the summit at
1310, a bit more than 2 hours, quite a good job by everybody.
We spent about 15 minutes up by the cairn in order to get
the skis ready for downhill.
Skiing down was nice, but pretty slow at the upper slopes due to the lack
of any visibiity.
We were back down in roughly 1:30.
Thanks to all participants and to Fredrik Brun for doing an excellent
job as trip co-leader as well as official photographer.