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Jotunheimen 2012
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2012-07-26 - Spiterstulen - Galdhöpiggen
On Thursday it's time for Day 4, Galdhöpiggen to be climbed. Behind us lies a huge rock that obscures the top but ahead lies Spiterstulen and if you look really closely, you can glimpse the Glittertind.

Quarter to nine we leave the tent. We walk and after a while some of us put on gaiters, snow has arrived and large snowareas are waiting. Two steps forward will be one backward, many sighs are heard and sunglasses are on to protect your eyes from the blinding white snow. In the end, we can see the peak in front of us, we see a long line who walk over the glacier and we are told by a hiker who is going down to expect some 600 peoples across the glacier and therefore advises us to speed up to get a chance up there.

Terrified, we look up the last steep snow climb, but most prominent of all, I was afraid to walk down again. But half past one we had succeeded, we stood on the top and our goal was reached!

We stay up there an hour, eat hard bread and drink expensive cola, look at peaks and hear about Jonas and Bert's earlier hikes in the past years. When we feel happy and I've got me a pin, as evidence, it's time for the descent.

The others accelerates and slides down the hill on their heels, but I, Elvy and Annica help eachother down. With great steps we come down, laughing and snowy after a few falls. Once down we set up the stove and food is served, we stay there for forty minutes before the trek home begins for real.

On the way down to Spiterstulen we split and go at different rates, but when we're all down around six and we get the chance to shower for the first time before we enjoy a meal of meatballs and mashed potatoes. We clean up and repackage, deciding to postpone the trek to Glittertind for another trip and choose instead to go home a day earlier.

During the evening, we visits the Spiterstulen hut, enjoying the heat, before we quietly cuddling down in the tent with tea, raspberry cream, wine and crisps.
 
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Our campsite on the other side of Spiterstulen.
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Some have a guard dog with him.
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Todays hike will be Galdhöpiggen.
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Some new cold water is never wrong.
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Almost immediately the birches disappear and the landscape opens up.
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Do you think the climb up will start now?
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A view to the south of the trail toward Gjendebu.
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The weather was fantastic.
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Who is out? (Think the color of the clothes) ...
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Elvy takes the lead upwards.
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The clouds eases.
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Patch of blisters is never wrong.
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All looks grim out.
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A bit up the snow starts.
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A short break in the nice weather is never wrong.
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It was more than we who took the opportunity when the weather was fine.
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It will probably go uphill for a while.
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Amanda and Annica have done a little jerk.
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Elvy at a brisk pace up.
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Amanda enjoying the nice weather.
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Where did the trail go?
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Absolutely wonderful weather.
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Hansson sees charged out.
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Oh, what everyone sees tough out.
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Mmm - Marabou! Genuine Swedish chocolate.
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A little path was sometimes hidden amongst all the rocks.
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Stony terrain ahead.
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Lena enjoying the view.
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Berra looks forward.
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The top cottage could be seen far in the distance.
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Several hundred walkers from Juvasshytta crossing the glacier.
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This years best day in terms of weather?
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Elvy and Amanda talk tactics before the last climb.
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Hans-Thore with camera at the ready.
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Who is most alert?
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Berra and Hansson checking views.
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Soon we finally arrived.
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You have to take a lot of pictures now when the weather is good.
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Whew! Finally up.
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Many take the opportunity to catch some sun.
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Some food and drink is also not wrong.
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Even the dog enjoys the fine views.
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Which comes from Norway do you think? (Hint, sandwiches)
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The landlord ??earned serious money on cola sales.
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More people on the way up.
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Solar cells on the roof is probably the only thing that works here.
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Full of people at the top.
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Now Amanda think its time for some chocolate! Go Sweden!
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Nice weather meant that many stayed long at the top.
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Expensive Norwegian cola and some food is never wrong.
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Hans-Thore and Elvy enjoying food and views.
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Norwegian craftsmen (or maybe Swedish?)
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Dinner break in the nice weather.
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Why are all facing the same direction?
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Bukkehöi on the other side glacier.
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Nice views.
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Todays youth must always fiddle with their phones.
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There were plenty of spare seats a bit down from the top.
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The view above the top cottage.
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There was a telescope on top.
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Soon time to start walking again.
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I have been there, he surely says.
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There were more peolpe enjoying the view.
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Where should I sit?
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The disc under the telescope shows where the peaks are.
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There were a lot of children who took the opportunity to peek a little.
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Annica and Lena on top.
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Do you want some water?
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Its probably rare with so many people on the top.
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Annica and Ammanda looks happy.
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Elvy and Hans-Thore are pleased with the scenery.
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Take a step back... you can not fit in the picture!
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Everything can be sold to prospective buyers.
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Some friends from Varberg.
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Finally on the way back down.
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It goes downhill fast.
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A short break before continuing downward.
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Yet another picture from the top.
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Elvy enjoying the view.
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A pin for the children and and beers to the adults.
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The dungarees went of.
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The top is crowded with new people.
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Hansson and Annica are happy with todays workout.
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Now its just down to Spiterstulen.
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Some people are young at heart.
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Finally on solid ground again.
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Who comes first down?
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Hansson with firm steps on the way home.
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It is important to follow the path so you dont disturb the vulnerable terrain.
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Finally in the tent again.
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Now its time to ventilate the shoes.
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Cooking time.
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There were many who were hungry and wanted to help.
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Some coffee after dinner.
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Coffee and chocolate are a great combination.
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Hansson shows pictures from his phone.
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Our fine dining table in the tent.
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The dishes are done and everyone is happy.
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A color-happy tent lit up the environment.
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The water in the river was polluted so we couldnt drink it.
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A visit to the cottage in Spiterstulen.
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The reception where you could buy almost anything.
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The glacier guides told their stories to attract to some people for the next days hike.
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Robust seating group on the terrace.
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Card games in front of the fire place.
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But wed rather drink beer and tell some jokes.
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Norwegian engineering.
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Some cream with milk may be the evenings final goal.
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