Reinebriggen / hiking like an idiot

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The famous Reinebriggen, the interwebs and different magazines say it’s one of the best views in Norway. I parked just in front of it by coincidence yesterday. Some nice czech guys got up and I didn’t because there was rain on the horizon and the surrounding mountains (same height) were already hidden in the clouds. They got wet and didn’t see much, I “failed” at integrating some sensors in my power supply. The improvement didn’t pass my own safety check and I really don’t want to mess with unfused (solar panel…) 8 amps in a wooden interior.

Anyways, the guys said the hike is steep but alright and they want to do it again next day for the view. The interwebs said 440m height difference, up to 75% incline, difficulty T3 (more info: http://de.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/SAC-Wanderskala) , three hours return, not advisable when wet, completely unmarked. Today was not really wet and I met them on their decent shortly before the saddle of the mountain. “Yeah, it’s nice, enjoy, take the detour right on the saddle for the lookout and goodbye, we’ll do another hike today”. Ok…

I took the detour, enjoyed, went back on the main track. After about 1:30h I arrived close to the top of a summit but the track stopped at a small “wall”. I saw a well frequented climbing route, just 3-4 meters, probably UIAA grade II, so easy to get up and alright to get down again (which is the tricky part since I was alone by now on the mountain and the rock climbing gear was in the van). To cut a long story short: It took me another 1,5h with multiple short climbing passages in a terrain where you really don’t want to fall until I reached highest point around. Just imagine a drop of a couple of  hundred meters on both sides. After six hours I was back at the van, really exhausted and worried about myself. Taking twice the time that normal people do, shitting my pants on climbing passages the czechs didn’t even mention and being really exhausted while they go on a second hike… I know I’m out of shape but is it really that bad?

Luckily it isn’t. After some research I found out I actually went over the Reinebriggen up to the Helvete. 730m height difference, difficulty T6+ (according to some guy on hikr.org), seven hours return, or as the geo magazin put it into words “advisable only to experienced rock climbers with ropes&harness”.

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Well… I guess I made some mistakes here. First, I went out without a map and proper research. I thought I didn’t need a map because you can the the whole track pretty much all the time. I was correct about that but a map would have been helpful to figure out which summit is which. And in front of every tricky passage I thought like “a well, this is probably the last one” until finally one were. This is something which can become very dangerous when you have to retreat by the same way…

To sum it up: It was a really nice day! I was in a bad mood for some time because I thought I’m horribly out of shape but besides that I had a good workout and a nice view. But really: The track sucks. This has been my steepest hike since the Volcano on Ometepe/Nicaragua which was probably ten years ago… At least now I understand why the Norwegians are using these hiking sticks…

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