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Norway : Telemark

17.1 km (10.6 miles) NNW of Hovden, Telemark, Norway
Approx. altitude: 1161 m (3809 ft)
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Antipode: 60°S 172°W

Accuracy: 5 m (16 ft)
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#2: View North #3: View South #4: View East #5: View South #6: GPS registration #7: Aase drying wet and sore feet at the cp #8: Fox droppings #9: The remains of a log cabin #10: Stone marking boundary line near the cp #11: Lots of flowers by the lake

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  60°N 8°E (visit #3) (secondary) 

#1: Confluence point

(visited by John Dag Hutchison and Aase Tveitan Hutchison)

12-Jul-2008 -- Like the first visitors to the confluence point we took the E 37 to Skinnarbu where we at 11 a.m. got on M/B "Fjellvåken II", the catamaran which traffics the two hour stretch to the end of Møsvann to Mogen Tourist Cottage. The water level was high, and the boat was able to get to a point just a few hundred meters from the cottage. But judging from the first visitors' report it would pay to get off at Liseth, about three kilometers before Mogen. The crew obliged, and we started looking for the path mentioned in the first report. Some people in a nearby cottage wondered what we were up to and suggested another route: Follow the lake for exactly 3 kilometers back towards Skinnarbu, to Bekkestaul. At that point you will find the remains of a bonfire on the tractor track and an overgrown old field. From there you find a path going straight up the hill towards the confluence point. Just 1.85 kilometer, as the crow flies.

We found the remains, the field, and the path and started climbing. We passed first one collapsed log building and then another, but about the time we passed under a telephone line a few hundred meters up the hill the path disappeared. The GPS indicated another 1,5 kilometers to go and about 200 meters up. The weather was good, our ruck sacks not too heavy and the mosquitoes plentiful. The terrain turned out to be an overgrown heap of boulders. The climb through the shrubs became more strenuous than expected crawling on hands and knees and pulling yourself up through the branches. Having reached the top of the slope the remaining few hundred meters to the confluence point was plain walking, above the tree line. And up there, on the plain, we saw the path we should have taken up the hill.

A few meters from the confluence point a large patch of last winter's snow was still present. After the required photos had been taken we sat down to a well deserved lunch.

For the return we considered taking the route of the first visitors, but since "our" path seemed clear and good we chose that, observing as we descended that we had struggled up the hill about 50 - 100 meters in parallel with the actual path. While it took us almost two hours going up the hill to the cp, we got down to the lake again in about one hour.

But the tractor track along the lake turned out to be very loooong. The first 2.5 kilometers were rather wet, and we were so tired that we did not care where we put our feet. But at Liseth we were lucky: we got a lift with a pick up and got to Mogen just in time for dinner.

Ps. The track log of the first visitors was most useful, even as we chose another routing. For those who decide to take the climb from Bekkestaul, it might also be possible to be put ashore there depending on the water level.


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#1: Confluence point
#2: View North
#3: View South
#4: View East
#5: View South
#6: GPS registration
#7: Aase drying wet and sore feet at the cp
#8: Fox droppings
#9: The remains of a log cabin
#10: Stone marking boundary line near the cp
#11: Lots of flowers by the lake
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