Hardangervidda, 11/7-16/7 2010

 After the pontoon trip in Alvdal I headed for a trip to Hardangervidda – the high mountains with Inge and Agusta. They had been out for a week and I had to hike 3½ hours before meeting them and as a Dane, my genes are only programmed for walking below 172 meters above sea level, I worried a bit about this.

On the 6 hours drive from Alvdal to Tinnhölen you had to be quite aware as the road was very uphill, downhill, curved or full of sheep.

The track was in most part easy to follow and the landscape was beautiful.

Both my feet had blisters after the initial walk probably due to too thin socks as I used the same boots as yesteryear.

After meeting Inge & Agusta we walked for another 1½ hour to our camp site, here presented by them. Inge wears his characteristic high mountain suit bought at a flea market.

Most of the trout caught was quite small and were fried. Inge texted me on the way begging me to bring meat as they were very tired of fried trout. The beer was bought in a cabin – 70 crowns which is like 12 USD – welcome to Norway 🙂

As were above the tree limit the cooking had to be based on gas. Here Agosta tries to cook behind a shield of rocks and stripping basket as the wind most days were very strong.

One of the better fish we got. This year a fish on 30 cm was considered a big fish. One night I jumped a +2 lb. trout  and that was my only chance of a “trophy” fish this year. The knot to the fly broke, so I can only blame my self.

There were a lot of stone flies hatching here seen next to an artificial streaking caddis on Inges telescopic Banzai rod for fly and worm fishing.

There were also a lot of this to us unknown fly. We only saw it around “our” part af the stream but they were numerous and the fish liked them.

Inge with one of his better trouts.

The last night we managed to find enough wood to make a fire. Good for the ambiance and we could also get rid of our disposal.

Despite a lot of wind and quite a lot of rain we had times with fantastic weather and in the mountains this really can produce nice views like this sunset.

 One night we had a rain storm that lasted more than 12 hours. My new tent and my new sleeping bag stood the test perfectly, but as there was absolutely no reason for getting out of the tent, I stayed in untill noon. With no books and none to talk with and only this view it was BOORING.

We had some cold nights and the days were also quite cold. Here the thermometer on a hut when we came back to the civilized world. The time of day is after noon. No wonder that I thought it was cold when you combine this with 12 m/sec. wind it is not what you hope for when going dry-fly fishing with 4 weight rod.

To summarize we had a trip with two days of nice weather and most days with too much wind. We got a lot of fish but no big ones though we had chances. The company was great and the scenarios were fantastic and the hiking out was tough just like you expect.

As a wind shield

On my summer trip to the most northern part of Sweden one day the cook had problems with the wind when smoking some of the freshly caught grayling. Without my knowledge the stripping basket was in use as a wind shield on later it served this purpose several times.