/ Conditions report: Valdres, Hemsedal & Lærdal
Winter season 2018 / 2019
Geographical area: Valdres, Hemsedal & Lærdal
Some useful links:
Weather: http://www.yr.no or https://www.storm.no
Worth checking out both as they can give different conditions.
Pictures? There are several social media outlets on Facebook and Instagram.
Instagram: Often eclectic gatherings of folk and there want to be audiences.
Roads: An old link that has got suddenly rather savvy is the state road people on www.vegvesen.no apart from road regs you can also find all the road webcams and get a feeling for road conditions/snow conditions. Loads of webcams these days pointing at the road obviously but you get some good shots of ice and snow conditions a well.
In case of an emergency (none medical) Call the police 112 (or 02800 as a none emergency)
In case of a medical emergency call the ambulance 113. This will bring you directly to a person that can advise on medical situations as well as instigate the rescue.
After the warmest and driest summer in living memory, we had a wet and often cold autumn. This brought snow to the mountains. Full of promise it was but it was short lived and it melted.
Right now, its cold and dry. Very little snow. Most of the ski resorts are making snow.
Ice: Generally water courses are freezing, however falls that require snow to form are struggling.
Pictures of falls in from Hemsedal and Aurdal and would imagine Lærdal as well. Valdres water courses are freezing. General picture is thin, not quite in yet, however I am sure some sport can be found and with so little snow access is easy (Although low angles ice will be a lethal). I would imagine right now falls that often get buried or even have difficult approaches will be a prime focus.
Skiing: People have been out. Looks hard with many sharks about (stones that eat your skis). Haven't been tempted yet. Easy access from Valdresflya as the road is still open. Ski-resorts making snow.
Promising start. Snow needed.
Recon tour in Valdres. Falls running from after courses will offer some sport.
in Hemsedal higher falls are forming and have been climbed and the usual early season routes are starting to get climbed. Lack of snow makes walks in easier.
(Not to self: check spelling before submitting ;)
Vestre Slidre: Valdres
The joys of winter climbing! We headed out to a local fall which I had checked out during the week. However the temps had risen dramatically and it had fallen down We, therefore, climbed another fall to the left. Good ice, very little aeration. Some poor ice on ledges under snow. We congratulated ourselves with our first winter ice climb and said early season grade 4 (knowing full well it was probably 3!)
Reports in of climbing in Hydalsfossen. From the pictures, it looked like it had been eaten a bit after the warmer temps. It looked like funky ice, loads of features and structures.
I also have seen on Instagram an attempt on a route on Skoghorn. From the writing and pictures it looked like good conditions.
Snowing now. Temps not as low as before.
Ski-resorts who have made snow will rejoice in the new snow. Off-piste will be shark-infested.
Today I went with the dog to a hidden valley near Beitostølen called Kalvedalen which is home to three rather steep climbs which have been charismatically called fall 1, 2 and wait for it.... 3 Link to routes: http://isklatring.no/valdres/kalvedalen.html
Nice walk. Lots of wind and snow blowing about. The stream bed wasn't as frozen as I had wished. Thankfully I wore the wellies today Falls 2 and 3 had formed.
Pictures on our FB and Instagram
Was in Vang in Valdres today. Wasn't my intention, however I have an fault in the car so I decided to drive it and diagnose the problem. It took awhile, but I got there eventually. And some pictures as well
Generally, more ice than I would have expected as there is very little snow. Lots to be going at. Some of classics like Langåne and Drøsja are not in, however to the right many falls looking good. The ice did look a bit washed out. Not sure why possible a combination of sun and the recent thaw. Those in the shade looked better.
Pictures on the FB and Instagram.
Last weekend it snowed substantially. Thoughts from the off-piste skiers; Another storm cycle is required to make good off-piste conditions.
Climbing: Generally very quiet. On the social media side, very little has been reported (Ths could mean I'm not in the loop). Activity was observed in Hemsedal, although my secret agents, could not confirm if the people with climbing equipment in the area of Haugsfossen had done anything.
Temperatures are minus and sustained, we have snow now. The ice will continue to build.
Generally good, will get better
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