At UKC we are all climbers and we understand the strong urge to be outdoors as the weather is finally improving. Please proceed with caution though.
Altitude 940m a.s.l
Early season ice in Botnajuvet © Lee Harrison
A collection of high elevation icefalls that form early in the season. It is best to climb here when not too much snowfall prior as parts of the routes can become buried.
IGNORE THE DESCRIPTION IN THE HEMSEDAL ICE GUIDE!
It can be very complicated and time consuming to descend into the Lauvdøla ravine, as described in the Hemsedal Ice guide.
Instead follow the obvious cross-country ski track that leads south from parking area. After 400m the track bears right in a more a westerly direction. Øvre Lauvdøla is the gorge visible to your right. After 800m arrive beside a hut to the right of the track. Leave the track and walk approximately 300m northwest from behind the hut, crossing a broad stream that leads to the Øvre Lauvdøla ravine downstream. Head north for around 1km to the southern edge of Botnajuvet. It's possible to descend into the ravine on foot just to the east of where Botnaveggen faces. Total approach time is around 30 minutes depending on snow conditions. It's worth considering snowshoes if a lot of fresh snow is present.
There is a toll to pay of 50kr on the access road. Either by card or with coins.
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