Tours › 2011/2012 › Vålådalen › Intro


Having spent three past New Year holidays in the cottages of the Vålådalen region, I seem to have established a pattern of doing it every other year. Since it was now two years since last time, I started considering extending the pattern, and eventually decided to do so. I was in Lunndörren last so that was out, but I did some thinking whether or not to try for Stensdalen – on the one hand the reduced service level because of the fire might scare people off, but on the other there might be a crowd in case everyone thought that everyone else thought like that. Complicated, yes? The "problem" was solved by my warden colleague Emma who had let me know that she would be managing the Vålå cottages this time around, and I decided to pay her a visit.

This time it would not be possible for me to remain in place on the first day of the year as I like to do, since I needed to get back to work, but as I had time off the week before instead I intended to visit Stensdalen first and make use of the sauna.

My packing list was as follows:

To wear 
underpantsboxer shorts75g
thermal underwearWoolpower410g
anorak with skiing pantsEverest GoldFlexSystem1750g
skiing glasses20g
For skiing 
skisFischer BCX Europa 99 Crown2930g
ski polesSwix Powder475g
ski bootsAlpina Back Country1515g
To carry 
rucksackMcKinley Crestone 702655g
shirtlarge, warm cotton shirt520g
down vestThe North Face500g
spare capthicker knitted105g
spare glovesHestra240g
spare underpants(see above)110g
spare socks(see above)95g
micro fleece suitTouch9405g
leisure clothespants + shirt920g
extra t-shirt220g
sandalsEverest Balaton495g
Food related 
thermos1 liter590g
tablewarefoldable cup, mini whisk35g
food and drink 1 package of tortellini
dried sausages
1 bouillon tablet
3 dl oatmeal
8 Varma Koppen/Cup-a-Soup instant soup packages
3 Ögonblink/O'boy instant chocolate packages
3 tea bags
7 ready-made sandwiches
1 package of biscuits
1 chocolate bar
Dextro energy tablets

1 beef package
1 bearnaise package
1 can of butter
1 strawberry mousse powder package + milk powder
2 small cans of cider
1 large box of crackers
2 soft cheese packages
1 bottle of sparkling wine
Camping related 
silk travel sheetSiden Selma280g
sleep mat410g
Other required stuff 
flashlightLED headband75g
medical stuffbandage, anti-chafe adhesive, ointment125g
hygiene stufftoothbrush, toothpaste, floss, mini-shampoo, mini-deodorant, toilet paper305g
mapfjeld map (FJ02: Vålådalen)35g
knifepersonally handmade150g
payment, recordingcards, bills, paper, pencil35g
bookDonald Duck comics175g
whistlereferee issue5g
metal wire10g
home key15g
camera and accessoriesCanon PowerShot S3 IS, batteries, Gorillapod SLR830g
camera pouchLowepro Apex 100 AW180g
mobile phoneNokia 160080g

Add to that a scant liter of hot water in the thermos, and a half-liter bottle of cold water I carried in the anorak's chest pocket.

Here, then, is the full 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. 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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