Defeated in Hurrungane

The mountain range Hurrungane has 24 peaks over 2000 meters and I admit having big expectations about challenging the Norwegian wilderness. My starting point was the village of Turtagrø located vest in Jotunheimen at 884 m.a.s.l.

To get to Turtagrø I took the route over Sognefjellet to experience Sognefjellsvegen. Sognefjellsvegen is actually the highest located mountain pass at about 1434 m.a.s.l.

After around 5 hours driving from Oslo I arrived at Turtagrø.

My goal was to reach the top Store Dyrhaugstind (2147 m.a.s.l.) which is located right in the cream among the Hurrungane peaks. From Turtagrø however, there is an almost continuous uphill climb with a height of 1250 meters to the top. This happens within about 5 km.

At Øvre Dyrhaug the ridge begins and the comfortable path enters an exceptionally rocky scree. At 1400 m.a.s.l. the weather really got worse and rain and wind whipped my face. Even though I decided to go further up and challenge the last part of Dyrhaugsryggen.

The way to the top became more and more foggy and when I reached the top edge (around 2090 m.a.s.l.) the rain was icy. I had no chance to see the top and knowing that the last part is demanding and rather exposed I decided to admit defeat and turn around. I will be back!

 Around 2090 m.a.s.l.

Around 2090 m.a.s.l.

The long way home... 

Photos taken with Samsung Galaxy S3 mobile processed with Snapseed and VSCO Cam.