Storafjellet

  • Storafjellet
  • 915 m
  • Primary factor 167 m
  • Location: North 60.43336, East 005.94302
  • Bergen, Norway
  • Difficulty, YDS class 2
  • Climbed on March 18. 2017

Information:

How to get there:
From Bergen, first E-16 towards Oslo, then right onto Hwy. 7 in the traffic circle in Trengereid. Continue on Hwy. 7 to Kvamskogen, as you get to lake Eikedalsvatnet, pay attention and turn left towards the Eikedalen downhill ski area. There is a large parking area serving the ski area. Park here. The elevation is about 450 meter.
Route description:
Continue on the road. This road mainly serves a cluster of vacation homes, however one may continue straight at this junction. Follow the road as it climbs on the left hand side of the river and enters the Skeiskvanndalen valley. Ski into this valley, the impressive Iendafjellet is straight ahead. Gradually climb left well before you reach a small cabin. The terrain is easier as you get to about 750 meter of elevation. In fact, due to a few deep and narrow gorges, it most likely pays off to get up to about 780 meter, then traversing into the saddle between Flæfjellet and Storafjellet. Ski (right) to the south side of the shoulder (that ends in a cliff), then ascend the slope to gain more level terrain on this shoulder. Ski right towards the steep mountain, curve left around the first, steep cliffs. After a short, steep gully, you enter a long, gentle gully going north. It looks nice to keep going here, but that leads nowhere. Turn sharply right at you first opportunity and ascend a smaller gully that gains the skyline. Turn left again and ski up easy terrain, then more right and downhill into a bigger gully that again may be followed uphill to your left. This passage gains the top, summit area. Only a few meter across to gain the highest point.
Comments:
This was a very nice Saturday with recent, new snow and now blue sky and sunshine. After a nice ┬┤morning and traditional pancakes for breakfast, I drove to Eikesdalen and was ready to leave by 1140. A ski track led into Skeiskvanndalen, but no skiers. In fact, quite a crowd in the downhill ski area, but nobody out on cross country skis. The Iendafjellet mountain looked very impressive from this viewpoint. I decided to ski uphill and try a traverse across to the saddle before Storafjellet. Quite a lot of snow meant breaking trail all the way, as well as paying attention to the terrain with respect to possible avalanches. My route led me into several steep spots and I eventually descended a bit to gain the slope going uphill. It would have been better to enter the proper saddle between the two mountains.
It was not at all obvious how to ascend on skis, but turning a corner to the left revealed a promising continuation. Interesting route finding, sharply up to my right, then easier ground before a short, but steep descent in order to connect with yet another gully. This led to the very summit. The time was already 1440, so 3 hours.
I quickly descended back to the main col, the subsequent ascent of Flæfjellet followed.

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