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23 March 2012: Fagerfjellet and Stormheimfjellet ... Skiing Winter 2011/2012

... but not in the same day.  A distinct change in the weather on Thursday, with milder air and cloud.  We did Fagerfjellet (957m) on the Thursday, struggling up through the trees, with no uptrack, and very heavy, sticky snow.  The legs got a proper work out today.  The east side of Fagerfjellet is a huge cliff, so we cautiously shuffled our way along in poor visibility, with the odd glimpse of the edge/top.  We stopped just short of the top, as the visibility was too bad to determine what was beneath our feet, so we stopped at the last rock we could see.  The ski down was better than expected, but still hard work in the heavy snow.

Friday had slightly better visibility, but was set to deteriorate, so we headed for Stormheimfjellet (1181m).   It's said that you sometimes need your poles to push down as well as up on this hill, as the angle isn't great!  It was a little cooler today, and the snow was quite good (i.e. not sticky), so the downward poling wasn't required.  It felt like quite a long descent, with some nice skiing down through the trees.

Hard going on the ascent of Fagerfjellet.
Heading into the cloud on Fagerfjellet.
A clear spell as we head for the top of Fagerfjellet.
The last little ascent to the top of Fagerfjellet.
We stopped here, just below the top of Fagerfjellet.  The cloud was coming and going and we didn't want to risk sliding off a cornice.  The cliffs are a good 500m+ high on the other side of it!
Improving visibility on the descent.
Heavy snow, but fun to ski.
Helen gets tangled up in the trees.
Heading up Stormheimfjellet the following day
Getting our village name in the summit book, even if this was only a cairn at just over 500m on Stormheimfjellet
A bit higher up Stormheimfjellet
The craggy top of Stormheimfjellet
It doesn't look it, but the top of Stormheimfjellet is nearly 300m above us here.
A handy tree free corridor through the trees below Stormheimfjellet
21 March 2012: Blåtinden, near Tromso Skiing Winter 2011/2012
20 March 2012: Rundfjellet, Lyngen Skiing Winter 2011/2012
19 March 2012: Ullstinden, near Tromso, Norway. Skiing Winter 2011/2012
17 March 2012: Coire nan Clach, Bheinn a'Bhuird Skiing Winter 2011/2012
10 March 2012: Sputan Dearg again, but with skis! Skiing Winter 2011/2012
04 March 2012: Derry Cairngorm and Stob Coire Sputan Dearg. Walk Winter 2011/2012
22 January 2012: Temptress, Lochnagar Winter Route Winter 2011/2012
14 January 2012: White Spout, Lochnagar Winter Route Winter 2011/2012
07 January 2012: Mayar, via 'A Gully' Walk Winter 2011/2012
18 December 2011: A'Mharconaich and Geal Charn, Drumochter Skiing Winter 2011/2012
17 December 2011: An Socach Skiing Winter 2011/2012
04 December 2011: The Stuic, Lochnagar Walk Winter 2011/2012
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