The Tamok Valley

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4 rainy hours in the score-mobile later and we yet again found ourselves in the Lyngen mountain range. This time further south, a valley or two in from the ocean to find colder snow and more dramatic mountains. In Tamok, it’s as if we had teleported into a place much more alpine and serious than the other zones we had explored up until now. Some serious potential for steep skiing to be found for sure, and it’s a region we will have to return to again soon. With only 3 days left to explore Norway before we had to get to Riksgränsen for the JP Memorial, it was time to find some snow!

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Our Tamok basecamp with private sauna, thanks to local legend Aadne Olsrud.

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Sofia on the long approach to the northernmost subpeak of Rostafjellet, a zone we scoped from the road that looked like it held some potential for epic sunset light.

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Midway…

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After 4 hours of walking it was time to get the skins off for the final bootpack.

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Simon ready to rip

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Standing on top of a fun and technical line at 10pm.

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Despite three weeks of summer-like temperature, we found amazing, dry snow on two thirds of our descent!

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Moments like these…living life to the fullest right here, after letting go of the brakes when the face opens up.

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Sofia making her way down the valley after the sun had set on us. So impressed by the willpower it takes to climb a 1000 vert meters after only one “real” season of skiing. Can’t wait for more adventures with this one!

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Our hideaway for cold returns from the mountain. Here I am improvising a waxing iron using a flat stone. It didn’t really work…

Lyngen, Lofoten, Narvik, Tamok. What a wild 3 weeks in northern Norway. I can honestly say I’ve never been this impressed by the beauty of raw, untouched nature before visiting these regions, and I will most certainly return as soon as possible. Norway we love you!

Next stop – Riksgränsen, and the annual JP memorial!

Jacob

One Response to “The Tamok Valley”

  1. Matt Clark says:

    Hey Jacob, how’s it going?

    I’m planning a Norway touring trip for March/April, and hoped you might have some advice on destination. Looking at either Senja or Tamok. Senja seems and like a lesser-known Lofoten, but I hear Tamok has nice treeskiing – and as I’d be going with my girlfriend mellow-ish treeskiing is probably a better option than Lofoten-style couloirs and bigger alpine objectives – though it rarely seems to pop up on ‘classic’ Norway skitouring lists. Any thoughts or advice would be greatly appreciated!

    Thanks,

    Matt

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