Location: North 59.90335, East 007.16822 (GPS on the summit)
Climbed January 19, 2013
Difficulty: (YDS) class 2.
How to get there:
A good starting point is about 3 kilometer west of the DNT full serve hut, Haukeliseter.
Haukeliseter is located along E-134, east of the long tunnel. This hut is highly
recommended for an overnight stay. They have an excellent kitchen. This location can
be reached by car after work on a Friday, from east as well as west.
The trailhead location is near N59.84, E007.16. There should be parking on the south side of
Cross the road and follow the small (summer) road across the first creek. Head uphill
towards point 1266, pass on its left (west) side and continue up gentle slopes east of
Trollnup (1343m). Continue to the small lake 1304, then up to lake 1343 and onwards to lake
1362. Cross this lake and ski north up to lake 1443. Ski to its west end and further to
the connecting area before lake 1453. Ascend north, the best route is just left of a small
hill above you. You will now reach lake 1465, cross this to its north end then continue
north-west up the glacier (or remains of a glacier)
staying below the Nupsegga mountain.
Continue up to the 1600 level, from here obe can turn right (east) and gain the main ridge.
Follow this broad shoulder south to the
very large cairn marking the summit.
Trip Report / Comments:
I drove from Bergen after work on Friday and arrived at
Haukeliseter around 2100. Spent 2 hours in front of the fireplace
with a good tasting beer.
I got up at 0700, and had breakfast at 0730. The temperature showed
-28 Celcius, I had noticed the day before that it was even colder near
the place I intended to start. I drove back (west) about 3 kilometer and
located a good parking area off the highway on its south side.
Unfortunately, due to some frostbite in my fingers a few years ago, they now
get cold a lot easier than in the past. So also today, cold fingers before getting
the skis out of the car. I decided that today was agood day to test chemical
hand warmers. I have never used this before, but carried some for possible use the
last few years. They worked fine and I never had any more problems with my fingers
on this trip.
The original plan was to attempt Sandfloegga, however the conditions (including short
daylight) ruled this out. I made this decision at the north end of Trolltjønn,
realizing that skiing up Trollholene would be difficult with the very hard crust that
existed on part of the mountain. On top of this, I had actually planned to attempt
a route going on the west of Store Nup, but got mixed up and skied north on the lake
to the east of this peak.
With limited enthusiasm for long map study sessions (it was indeed cold!), I decided to
ski to Nupsegga, 1673 meter. I believed it was the highest in the area. This turned out to
be wrong and if I had known this, I could easily have visited the true local highpoint on
this trip as well. (Located about 3.5 km south-west of Nupsegga at 1691 meter.)
Thus, I skied pretty directly up to Lake 1453
with interesting formations on my left hand
side. From here to its north end, then easily up
to lake 1465. A brillant day, no tracks
from other skiers, the extreme cold and the sunshine combining
to make this day very special.
slope was easy as I climbed slightly north-west along
the base of Nupsegga. From around
1600 meter, the skiing was still easy as I turned east, then more south gaining the summit
with a very lage and impressive cairn. The time was about 1205.
A very good viewpoint, I could see right across to Hallingskarvet
on the north side of Hardangervidda.
I enjoyed the great view,
unfortunately, my camera did not want to take many pictures. This is not the first time,
it is very possible that the camera will need replacement/repair one of these days.
I left at 1220, skied back down the
same way, but turned left and crossed Lake 1443 before
skiing down to lake 1362. I continued across lake 1343 and 1304, skiing down east of
Trollnup (1343m), before merging more or less back to my initial route of ascent.
I arrived at the car at 1420, with better snow this descent can be a lot quicker.
I now continued my trip to Geilo by heading across to Rauland, the Rjukan. From here,
one must almost drive to Kongsberg because all shorter roads are winter closed.
Heading north along Hwy. 40, I decided to call it a day in Lampeland. A most
unusual name for a small Norwegian community.