11-Mar-2001 -- This weekend we needed to make a trip to a family cabin near
Lillehammer, where the 1994 Winter Olympic Games were held.
E6, the main highway from Oslo to Lillehammer passes by Skedsmokorset, which is
quite close to another confluence: 60N 11E. Further north it reaches Brumunddal, where this confluence lies.
I had previously studied the maps, and decided that the Brumund Saw Mill
would be a good starting point for a confluence attempt, so we drove up
there and parked about a km above the mill (pic #3).
The first part of the trip was extremely tough, due to deep snow that
had been thoroughly saturated by the rains of the last week.
This had caused the snow to lose almost all its internal structure,
becoming what we here in Norway call 'råtten' (i.e. rotten), so the skis
could easily sink through it almost to the ground, while still being so
heavy that it is very hard to lift them back up. Regular snowshoes would
have been really bad.
Using the most suitable gear for the conditions (wide mountain touring
skis, and poles with wide baskets), it still took me 50 minutes to
negotiate the barely 2.5km to the actual point, i.e. 20 minutes per km,
compared to about 4 min/km in an established cross country trail.
Once I got there I quickly made a panoramic image of the area (pic #2),
but since the point is located inside a little thicket,
you can't see much. :-(
After getting the obligatory shot of the GPS (pic #4), I
therefore made another panorama (pic #1) about 50m
away, out on the marsh (Høljemyra) which dominates the area.
On the way back I decided to take a chance on an old snowmobile trail I
had crossed about 750m before the confluence, and this trail turned out
to lead down to a logging road, which naturally led straight down to the
This reduced the time for the return trip to just 20 minutes, anyone who
wants to make a repeat visit would do well to use this route, even if it
entails more ascent on the way up. See (pic #5) for an
OziExplorer track log which clearly shows the route I followed!