Tours › 2019 › Storulvån-Vålådalen › Intro


Just like last year I had a mind to do an Easter tour here in Jämtland, even though the holiday was a full three weeks later this time around, which, depending on preceding conditions, might make ski travel difficult. The last couple of weeks leading up to Easter were very fine, however, with warm days and cold nights, so in the end things looked favorable.

Also in keeping with last year I could get Maundy Thursday off, and after consulting both the weather forecasts and the (still deplorably deficient) public transport timetables, I resolved to make the tour a near-clone of the previous one: Storulvån, Gåsen and Vålådalen were to be the anchor points, in that order, but rather than Stensdalen I would now aim for Vålåvalen on the second day. Another difference was that due to the later date and warmer temperatures my attire and pack would be lighter – and, speaking of which, not to mention that the whole thing would see a good deal more natural light.

My packing list was as follows:

To wear 
underpantsboxer shorts70g
thermal underwearCraft Zero300g
shell jacketMammut580g
skiing pantsEverest895g
skiing glassesBliz25g
For skiing 
skisFischer BCX Europa 99 Crown2910g
ski polesSwix Powder475g
ski bootsFischer BCX 61890g
To carry 
rucksackMcKinley Discovery 30910g
down jacketPatagonia345g
spare capWindstopper75g
spare glovesKombi170g
spare underpants(see above)90g
spare socks(see above)95g
micro fleece shirtTouch9220g
leisure clothesMacKenzie pants + T-shirt800g
down slippersThe North Face275g
Food related 
thermosThermos Light & Compact 0.5l340g
drinking vessel, tablewarecollapsible cup, mini whisk35g
food and drink 1 package of tortellini
1 package of freeze-dried risotto
1 dried sausage
3 dl oatmeal + dried fruit
6 Varma Koppen instant soup packages
3 O'boy instant chocolate packages
4 tea bags
7 ready-made sandwiches
1 package of pastries + extra biscuits
~1 chocolate bar
Dextro energy tablets
Camping related 
silk travel sheetSiden Selma220g
sitting patch30g
Other required stuff 
medical stuffbandages, anti-chafe adhesive, ointment, sunscreen165g
hygiene stufftoothbrush, toothpaste, floss, mini-shampoo135g
mapfjeld map (FJ01/FJ02: Jämtlandstriangeln/Vålådalen)40g
payment, recordingcards, bills, paper, pencil25g
bookDonald Duck comics175g
whistlereferee issue10g
metal wire10g
spare straps40g
home key15g
camera and accessoriesPanasonic Lumix FZ1000, spare battery, memory card920g
camera pouchManfrotto Active Shoulder Bag 3215g
mobile phoneSamsung Galaxy A5 2017 + headphones170g

Add to that half a liter of warm water in the thermos, and half of liter of cold water in a flask carried in one of the jacket's chest pockets.

I had still not acquired any new backcountry skis, so I was to use the old ones with the damaged steel edge, but having done so just recently in the woods of home I judged that they were likely to hold together for this little adventure as well. We shall see how long this state of affairs can last...

Here, then, is the account of what transpired during the subsequent three days. Each section has a header consisting of a short overview of the stage in question, complete with a map showing the route travelled. A ring marks the starting point, a square the lunch break location, and a star the destination. Vertical distances have been calculated from the map and have an accuracy of 10 m. All cottage breakfasts consisted of oatmeal porridge, tea and a sandwich, and all lunches of two cups of instant soup and a sandwich.



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