Day Trip to Lomihytta
Not exactly very pleasant outside, but we had to do something and the logical something was to re-trace our steps of yesterday for a 4km ski to the small Lomihytta and lunch. James decided a rest day would suit him better and opted for washing up & dusting duty at Ny-Sulitjelma, so just seven of us headed out today. It was not unpleasant going, the strong wind was mainly at our backs. Mick managed to find a gorge for us to climb out of on skis. He and Kathy managed okay, Rancidand got up with an effort, but my effort was less successful, slipping back down on the first attempt, but finally succeeding on the second. Mind you I'd done so much damage to the route those behind were simply able to side-step up the slope I'd created.
Sitting in Lomihytta listening to the wind outside it seemed conditions had deteriorated for our return trip and the helpful following wind now gave us a proper head on sand blasting. Mick took the lead and with poor visibility was throwing his ski pole in front of him to help get a read on any slopes or unexpected drops. Eventually we were back at our wee gorge and descending into it was a lot simpler than climbing out of it. My destruction of the slope now proving very useful.
Nobody was stopping to take skins off in this weather, so the descent to Ny-Sulitjelma was slower than yesterdays, but a lot more controlled. James having finished his household chores had a very welcome cup of tea ready for our return.
Today's Photo: Inside Lomihytta, Fiona, Petrina, Philip and Rancidand, below Mick & Kathy.
Rancidand's version of the day.