This previous weekend I had the pleasure to be part of Excessive Camp Turtagrø which is a ski touring occasion happening in Jotunheimen West, a mountain vary situated in Norway. Technical Norwegian model, Norrøna, was the primary sponsor for this yr’s occasion which unfolded fantastically and was loved by many ski-goggle-tanned faces from across the space and throughout the ocean.
Earlier than heading out of the town and making our method into the mountains for Excessive Camp, we made a fast cease on the Norrøna headquarters situated in Oslo. In fact it wouldn’t be Norway and not using a waterfall and the Norrøna headquarters wasn’t about to stray from that persona. Positioned behind the constructing was a speeding waterfall flowing right into a river that’s typically stocked with Salmon and is just a good looking backdrop to any workplace.
For these feeling motivated at lunch, you possibly can head outdoors and catch your personal grub or settle in for the scrumptious meal of the day served up by the chef in home.
Turtagrø was the third and closing vacation spot for the Excessive Camp competition and we couldn’t have had higher climate to cap off the occasion. Blue skies, sunshine and +10°C temperatures foreshadowed an unreal weekend filled with memorable moments but to come back.
The highway to Turtagrø had solely been cleared just a few weeks previous to the occasion and ominous partitions of snow bordering the highway towered over the van as we meandered by way of the snowy panorama. We drove alongside in awe, taking within the breathtaking landscapes, picture-perfect mountain views and stopping at any time when we may to snap some unjustified pictures. We have been, in the course of nature and it was so calm, so quiet and so extremely lovely.
Smiling faces and upbeat attitudes greeted us as quickly as we jumped out of the van at camp and all of us couldn’t be happier to be proper there in that ambiance at that very second; the vibe was beaming. The eagerness for all times within the mountains couldn’t be extra evident at Excessive Camp as delighted associates arrange tents within the snow welcoming their new neighbours, sharing fun or two and perhaps even a celebratory gulp of Aquavite to make the brand new friendship official.
That night time we acquired the run down for the subsequent few days after sitting down for one of many many scrumptious meals served on the Turtagrø Lodge by their pleasant workers whom majority have been rocking very spectacular goggle tans. Every night time would observe an identical structure with a gathering after dinner to prepare the next day’s journey. There have been guided teams and self guided teams, excursions leaving by shuttle bus and others leaving straight from camp. Every group had two guides and the route was deliberate catered on to the to these inside it.
Summed up merely, Excessive Camp is what ski-tourers and split-boarders dream of. Unreal ski terrain staring you smack-dab within the face as quickly as you unzip your tent door or pull apart the window’s curtain. Norway is dwelling to breathtakingly lovely landscapes that can have anybody, nature-lover or not, standing wide-eyed in awe and admiration.
The following few days have been stuffed with flawless, snowy landscapes that appeared too good to be true and thriving new friendships that will final a lifetime. Excessive Camp Turtagrø was an expertise for the books and I can’t thank sufficient the workforce at Norrøna, the crew behind the competition and naturally, our noble viking himself, Frode Sande, for making it occur.
Images don’t all the time do justice and the surroundings at Excessive Camp Turtagrø is so lovely it’s higher seen with your personal eyes. For these keen on seeing a bit of bit extra of what the camp is about, try the recap video situated under which was shared by Fri Flyt undertaking supervisor, Brynjar Åmot and created by the proficient Bård Basberg who’s a photographer working with Fri Flyt. With mountain surroundings this breathtaking and an occasion venue so rugged, why wouldn’t you wish to try Excessive Camp 2018?