Lyngen is far north in Norway. It's this long peninsula which stretches
south-north towards the Arctic Ocean. You have couloir after couloir,
and you easily fall in love with this place. I knew that I should expect
very variable conditions. Cold weather coming from
the north, and warm from the south. And it's glaciated. So, it's crazy! The main thing in the beginning was
to have an open dialogue. It's a lot of risk. You make an objective,
but at the same time everyone has a voice. Shit! Hold me! It will be a lot of long days
filled with different aspects. This is our first day in Lyngen.
The sun is shining. Early morning. We're going for a big loop
around the east glacier here, trying to get on to some
north facing stuff with the crew. We have the skiers,
Nikolai, Asbjørn and myself. And the film crew, which is Bård and Joonas. This winter Morgan has been spending
a lot of time here before we arrived. He is a guide from Sweden. He showed us around and gave us some data
on the conditions and what we could do. To get to the good snow
you want to get away from the sun. So, you go up
before the sun heats up the snow. Before the entire terrain heats up. Big things are coming down. We
don't want to be there when that happens. It's quite nervous,
because the snowpack this year is complex. Merrick is this crazy character. She was
the youngest on Denali when she was 12. She's been a mountain guide
since she was in her early teens. She was on the US National Team
for snowboarding, has two Master's Degrees, she has two kids, and she has
mileage of mountain experience. You can discuss with her and talk easily. -Go big and go home!
-Count on the American for the quotes. They always deliver. Now it's just crampons on, and run to the top. See what the snow is like on the north face. -Just keep it going.
-It's cooking. We're in the pizza oven pretty soon. A photo shoot might be
more about the photo than the safety, So, I was nervous with the snowpack. The interesting part now is
whether you can actually ski. Yeah. I went on a ski trip
with Asbjørn before this shoot, and most of my anxiety
about joining this went away. He's very easy to talk to
and we quickly found a team feeling. The final push! Merrick is going for it here. We're looking out for
each other, not just ourselves. -Yes!
-Nice, Merrick! It actually feels like the top of the world. Looks pretty hairy down here, guys. But I think we can get down to the ramp. Yeah, this isn't really going anywhere. Asbjørn and Morgan go off and find
their way down into a separate ramp. Whereas me and Merrick
set out to get into the main couloir. Hi, Merrick! It looks good. I was thinking you could open it
if you want, because you're from Alaska. It was exciting to go
first down an unknown couloir. But it ended up being like…cruising. Okay, Nikolai is dropping in. That was big! The snow is good! We were on the point there
and accessed really good snow. And we ended up on a huge glacier at
about 1000 meters, with great skiing. -Oh, I want to do it again!
-Yeah! We have more skiing. By the end of it I was pretty beat.
That was a full day. A real mission! Since the north facing snow was cold and
good, we wanted to do another north face. On Sofia, runners are classic. It's been skiing good for over a week.
Someone soloed it the day before. And it seemed like a good time. We'll hike around Trollvasstinden
and climb up another north facing couloir. -Up in the south and down in the north.
-Just follow the sun. We were testing these new products,
and it was hot having this light gear. It's nice that we didn't have to take it on
and off to do all these different transitions. Just a beautiful day as we hike up there.
Then we get up, peak over the edge looking down into the gnarliest
north-facing thing. It just rocks. But the couloir looked really good. -There's a shake
-I fixed it. Nice! Teamwork! This shit is rock ahead. Asbjørn and Merrick
wanted to try a separate entrance. I'm skiing down! We're without a guide, doing our own safety. I think this is the first entrance. -How are you feeling about it?
-Looks good. We couldn't do a ski cut.
There was no safe place to pull out. so, we decided to put a rope on. -More rope?
-I'm just trying to get past the wind layer. You see, we are actually in the… Oh shit! Hold me! It was just like cutting a string. Asbjørn is like swimming against the current
of the snow being pulled down from under him. It was lethal.
Fuck, I got the shakes. I'm glad we checked it
and had this conversation. Not rush things. There were all sorts of
weak layers in this couloir. It could have happened to
the 35th person on this mid couloir. Hey, I'm glad you're okay.
Holy fuck, that was scary. That was…so scary! Then we were in this situation where
the south face that we hiked up… The south face had been cooked by
the sun and wasn't safe to ski on anymore. We also had a west face that was
rocky and about to get a lot of sun. -And that would also probably slide.
-We could go down he main couloir. Where there's just
pure ice and not safe to ski. Now we do the same thing. You stay on there. And the other entrance where
the rest of us were supposed to go in. That snow is still hanging there.
It's kind of stubborn. What if we just belay down
below the shit layer and ski from there? This is our safest option. I just switched into guide mode. Merrick has alpine skills. She's a climber. We are skiers.
That's what divides her from us. I just slide in below you. I didn't want to be there long. There were huge corners and this rough face,
so we had a time issue to go down. She was like on the front line. The others slide here, and we can meet.
You see the debris? She did the job for all of us
and got us safe down from the mountain. Hey, beauty boy! Good day to be alive! -I think we're done for today.
-Yeah, let's go and have a beer. You're always happy
when everyone comes down safely. But you don't want to be
in situations where you could have died. We weren't. I'm very happy that we
decided to test the snow and we had the ropes. We had a good dialogue going into the day. I'm happy and proud of that. It's cool to see that all the safety
measures and all the training you do, and the training the guides do, actually work. You can be in potentially
very dangerous situations, but as long as you make
the right decisions you can still be safe.
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