|Store Lenangstind from Breivikeidet - the previous day|
|Morning view of Jiehkkevarri (Ultra, 1833m, P1741)|
The picture above was taken at about 5.00am, whilst I was still literally lying on my bed and just opened the van door to have a look. Fantastic, isn't it? And look the sky is still almost clear (but maybe I should have noticed the cirrus). Now here is the chance to go for another Ultra - Store Lenangstind (1624, P1556) - but not Jiehkkevarri as I think it might be beyond my reach.
|Parked at Koppangan|
|Koppangan from above|
I started by walking along the shore, then following the glacial stream through, yes, you have guessed right, birch trees. And then the first stretch of boulders and rocks, up a steep slope and on to a seemingly endless boulder field. You get a real sense of geology in the making - no vegetation to mask things. Then up another steep slope to the Koppangsvatnet glacial lake - where unfortunately the fine day disappeared and the rain came in and stayed.
|Endless boulder field|
|Store Lenangstind and the Koppangsbreen glacier|
|Moraines on the glacier snout|
|Store Lenangstind across the crevassed glacier|
A long walk up the glacier looking out for crevasses - some looked deep but most were not too wide to jump over.
|A crevasse to avoid|
Coming back was tough going, I was wet through and those boulder fields. I did enjoy the controlled bumslides down the steep snow slopes.
However, it was also wonderfully eerie and primeval. Geology in the making and it makes it easy to understand the more familiar hills of upland Britain seeing the processes before my own eyes.
|The summit in clouds|
It was close to 11.00 pm when I got back. Thanks for the 24 hour daylight. If not the weather.
|Another view from Breivikeidet|