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Training Log Archive: Big Jon

In the 7 days ending Apr 7:

activity # timemileskm+m
  x-c skiing6 23:40:00
  walking1 40:00
  Total6 24:20:00

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Sunday Apr 7 #

x-c skiing 2:00:00 [3]

Dyranut to Kjeldebu. 8.5km, total time 3-00?
Cloud and low temp = icy crusty snow. Bad fall on steepest descent, faceplant and knocked a lease out of glasses! Luckily MG spotted it lying on the snow. Lost confidence after this and walked down slopes from here.

walking 40:00 [2]

Wee wander up to a cairn near hut. Nice not to have to worry about falling over :-)

Saturday Apr 6 #

x-c skiing 5:00:00 [3]

Sandhaug to Dyrenut, 23km. Start to finish 6-20. Flattest day so far and started on perfect snow at -5C. Whizzing along with a few food stops then snow got too warm and had to rewax. Final hill went on for ever in hot sun and soft porridge snow. Eventually reached final pass and saw hut only 1km way :-)
Lots more ptarmigan and fjäll ripa and Fox prints. Met another husky team - 11 gorgeous fluffy white dogs haring along. Also lots of stinky skidoo’s, plus a piste-beastie towing 3 huge trailers containing the means of making a new hytte- mini-digger, wooden beams and vast amounts of other kit!
Showers at the huts (apart from Hellevassbu) are an absolute dream after getting really sweaty and covered in sun cream.


Amazing trip so far and no injuries (apart from a few aches and blisters), only 1 broken pole (oops!). No major sense of humour failures from anyone and everyone has fallen over at least once;-).


PS times are fairly vague due to stops and regrouping regularly.

Friday Apr 5 #

x-c skiing 5:15:00 [3]

Litløs to Sandhaug, 24.5km. Time start to finish 6-30. Best weather so far at start, crystal clear and sunny. Long gradual uphill at start then superb rolling hills. Gradually clouded over and ended with long gradual descent in flat light and softish snow to the hut (could see it from 5km away and it took forever to reach). 4 husky dog teams near hut camped out for the night. Superb food and even a beer :-). Night spoiled by one dog team howling away endlessly right outside the building- eventually I found the owner in the bar with his mates and offered to release his dogs... They eventually went quiet. Loads of ptarmigan and mountain grouse (fjäll ripa).

Thursday Apr 4 #

x-c skiing 4:15:00 [3]

Hellevassbu to Litløs, 18km. Start to finish 5-10. Easy uphill start then wonderful scenery all day in the sun:-) Finished with 5km along lake and a gradual wind-up of pace. Serviced hut so time for a kip then dinner and bed. Wonderful sunset with pinks and golds, then amazing stars - would have stayed out longer but getting too cold. Never seen such brilliant stars!
Amazing day...

Wednesday Apr 3 #

x-c skiing 6:30:00 [3]

Haukaliseter to Hellevassbu, 25km 8-40 start to finish. One of the toughest days ever... Steep start with skins on then birch stakes stopped so had to resort to map, compass and GPS in flat light and some cloud. Second big climb then fell over and managed to break a ski pole (first time ever). Had a spare pair but not a great start! Long tough downhill then birch stakes started again and a long, long way up a valley along lakes. Distance seemed to grow as we got “closer” to the hut then one final descent in full flat light on tired legs and a last km with no glide and balling up skis ( temp too high) to finally reach the hut. Huge relief that all made it in one piece. Then had to make dinner, melt snow, wash up... went to bed utterly exhausted. Highlight of day was seeing an Arctic Fox snuffling for scraps round the hut - got within 3m of it when brushing my teeth. Beautiful looking animal:-)

Tuesday Apr 2 #

x-c skiing 40:00 [3]

A wee pootle out on the touring skis at Haukaliseter to test everything equipment and body wise. All functioning and birch stakes out at start of route.

Monday Apr 1 #


Travel to Bergen... the adventure begins!

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