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[RD] Hiking through Norway

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by warpus, May 21, 2018.

  1. Silurian

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    Well at least you did not get bombed or have your food stolen by the seagull.
     
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  2. warpus

    warpus In pork I trust

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    Day 24 - Trolltunga

    I did not have a very good start to the day. I woke up early enough, but just as I was running up to the bus stop with 4 minutes left until departure, I realized that I would probably need cash. There was another bus departing an hour and a half later, but I really wanted to begin this hike early! I was concerned about the duration of the hike and the timing of the last bus heading back to Odda... concerns which in the end proved to be more than legitimate

    I asked a bystander for directions to the nearest ATM. I ran there and withdrew money like a maniac.. then ran back in an equally crazy fashion. The bus was there and people were boarding, and I was.. feeling like I was going to black out. I got to the bus stop and got in line and this weird feeling washed over me. I was breathing heavily.. Things were fading black. I took several deep breaths and whatever was happening to me slowly washed over me and eventually faded.

    As I sat on the bus I was concerned. What happened to me? I really had no idea, but the upcoming hike was 8-10 hours long, with several uphill sections. Fortunately this was a fairly popular hike, so I would expect to run into many people throughout the day. In the end I decided to make a final call when I arrived at the parking lot. Maybe I just got really tired and got winded and that's all it was?



    There is a map up right right at the trailhead that shows you a bit more detail. Odda is out of view, but you will find Trolltunga marked by a large orange 1. You can also see the trail elevation profile - the trail is the steepest at the beginning, but plateaus out a bit about halfway.



    If you look closely at the map you will see that the beginning of the trail is crossed out, and a new trail appears just to the left. There is also another black line just to the right.



    Unfortunately out of commission. I would guess that the hiking trail that is crossed out on the map suffered a similar fate.

    Surprisingly enough, Sherpas from Nepal were responsible for constructing the new hiking trail.



    Feeling better, I decided to forge ahead. As I took my first step, it was just about 8:30am
     
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  3. warpus

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    Day 24 - Trolltunga (continued)

    The climb was steep and strenuous right away and seemed to get steeper the further you went. About 20 minutes in I turned around and took this picture.



    Getting to the top took a lot of wind out of me.. I felt exhausted but ready to move on. Ahead of me I saw the next climb.

    In the next shot it is hard to get a proper sense of scale... Follow the 3rd red dot from the left straight up until you see 2 people hiking in the distance. It's a bit of a plateau that gradually turns into a bit of a climb - although not nearly as steep as the first one. The many markers along the way exist due to the confusing and vast landscape.



    I began the second ascent at about 10am.



    This was taken about 20 minutes later:

     
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  4. warpus

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    Day 24 - Trolltunga (continued)

    By 10:30am I had finished the ascent and was looking back again



    Two hours of strenuous hiking.. How far along was I exactly?



    4km done, 7km to go, then 11km return hike. 18% of mission accomplished!

    The view ahead, a couple minutes before 11am:



     
  5. warpus

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    Day 24 - Trolltunga (continued)

    I tried to make up time on this part of the trail. My goal was to arrive at Trolltunga at 1:30pm latest and depart no later than 3pm. According to my calculations this would be enough time to return to the parking lot to catch the last bus back to Odda.

    That might seem like a long time spent at Trolltunga, but it is a rather popular hiking destination. I was warned of a 30-60+ minute long wait for the privilege to climb on top of the Trolltunga rock.



    At about 11:30am the trail takes you close enough to Lake Ringedalsvatnet for you to get a good look at it. For those paying close attention, you might have noticed the hydroelectric electric station in an earlier post. Ringedalsvatnet is the main reservoir for that station, which provides electricity to the city of Odda.



    Trolltunga is in the distance somewhere (straight ahead, on the left), although it's possible you can't quite see it from this angle. Even if you could though, we are still too far away for you to be able to make out any of it. So stop squinting



    Click here if you'd like to see the panorama in more detail (4912x1080)

    A look in the other direction:

     
  6. warpus

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    Day 24 - Trolltunga (continued)

    Hiking high up near the lake lead to some spectacular views along the way.



    Giant version of the above here



    It was now 12:30pm. I was getting close

     
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  7. warpus

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    Day 24 - Trolltunga (continued)

    If you have been wondering all along what exactly Trolltunga is, it's the rock that the person in the red jacket is standing on. There is a long line behind him, all waiting their turn to step out onto the rock.



    I arrived just after 1pm, meaning I was exactly on schedule. I moved in closer to get a better view of the rock.





    That vantage point still doesn't really do it justice either. You can't quite tell how dramatic the overhang is.. That could wait though.. First I sat down and ate a well deserved lunch.

    A look in the direction of the parking lot (it's not visible though, off to the right):

     
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  8. Valka D'Ur

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    Those people are crazy for sitting there.
     
  9. warpus

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    When I first heard of this place that was my first reaction as well. But as you will soon see I also sat down on that rock.. I even waited for an hour in line for the privilege
     
  10. Valka D'Ur

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    Okay, I get that the view is spectacular. But why risk your life for it?

    You can't even get me down to the viewing platform at Ram River Falls (they might have made it safer now, but back in the '70s, anyone falling off the narrow path was asking for a very bad fall).
     
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    If I thought my life was in any sort of danger, I would not have done it! Although you are right to point out the inherent dangers of such an activity.

    When you're up on a rock like that, clearly any small misstep can lead to your death. So every single step you take needs to be pre-calculated, with several escape options in mind should you trip. If you take the proper precautions, you're going to be fine, but you are also accepting that accidents do happen. The hikes I had already done in the country leading up to this prepared me for that sort of mentality, specifically the Romsdalseggen Ridge hike. There were parts there that were dangerous, but you sort of get used to that and just focus on the task at hand. If Trollstunga was the first hike of mine in the country I'm sure I would have been a lot more skittish about sitting down at the edge..

    For what it's worth, accidents here are rare. From what I understand there is only one reported case of somebody falling off..
     
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    That water below, is that a river or a fjord? I can see there's a high water mark well above where the water is that day.
     
  13. Silurian

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    Hydro electric power station draw down!
     
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    It's Lake Ringedalsvatnet.
     
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    Day 24 - Trolltunga (continued)

    A great spot for a lunch break.



    Found a troll!



    Eventually I got in line, which moved very slowly towards my destination.



    Here you can really see the dramatic nature of the cliff.



     
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    I need a parachute or a transporter lock, just to look at these! :eek:
     
  17. Lillefix

    Lillefix I'm serious. You can.

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    Yes, an Australian student if I remember correctly. But I agree with Valka. If I ever go up there, I'll not go out on that rock and I don't feel it's something to brag about even. My initial reaction on such images tend to be to roll my eyes and sigh.
    Admittedly I work with cranes and I've done dumber things, but that was because I had to.

    But seriously only one fatality after all these years is almost nothing, so it's objectively pretty safe.
     
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    Basically the only way I was going to die was if the cliff broke off or people started throwing rocks at me maybe, both of which seemed very unlikely. Believe me, I considered all possibilities before stepping out on that thing :lol:

    In that situation I was paranoid enough to even be ready for people rushing the cliff and trying to push me off. Sitting down and standing back up were slow and precise operations.

    It's pretty safe overall, but it's getting a lot more popular due to social media, which is leading to bigger crowds, a more relaxed air about the whole thing, etc. That could lead to tragedy again in the future. People need to be well educated about the dangers before they decide to participate. You need to also be wearing good boots, you don't want to be in shoes you're not comfortable in. Well broken in hiking boots that feel like a part of you, with good ankle support, so every step can be a confident one. I saw some people not wearing anything like that. Also when it gets windy you might not want to wear a windbreaker jacket, depending on the design, as it can push you around unexpectedly.. Mainly I think I would be concerned with how much the hike to get there takes out of you. You have 30-60 minutes to rest (in line), but it could lead to some people becoming too complacent

    I wasn't sure if I was going to do it when I started the hike. Most people do it for the photo op - they hand their camera off to a friend (or stranger) and then retrieve it after. I didn't really care enough to bother anyone about that, although there were a bunch of people there who had several cameras around their neck.. I assume mostly people who hiked there with friends but chose not to wait in line. But in the end I figured that I was there, I had time, it was a pain to get there, so I might as well just step out and see if I can figure out a safe way to sit down at the ledge, face my fears in a safe way. Glad I did in the end, as I'm still alive and that was actually a pretty cool moment, to be sitting there like that.

    Wait till you see what I did a couple days later though...
     
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    Day 24 - Trolltunga (continued)

    Waiting in line took a while.. About an hour total. You got to see people go on the rock one by one from different vantage points.. And also unexpectedly a climber



    Most people did not sit down and stayed away from the edge



    Some people crawled up to the edge, some lied down on their stomachs and looked down.. Every 5th person or so sat down at the end.. and some were judged for it by a giant David Bowie

     
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    That person happened to randomly get into a couple of my shots. And.. Yeah
     

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