Ascent of Veslfjellet on 2014-08-01

Climber: David Fitch

Others in Party:Carsten Olgarrd
Date:Friday, August 1, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Elevation:5719 ft / 1743 m

Ascent Trip Report

The Bessegen trail encapsulates in one trek the best of Norwegian treks; fjords, waterfalls, and rocky, exposed scrambles. It is a popular route that every Norwegian seems to have completed at one time or another. This trek, the trail was packed with hundreds of others from families with young children to older couples with their dogs. All attempted what proved to be a rugged climb with exposure on the tough scramble to the peak. I have to admire the Norwegians. We endured a downpour that lasted around an hour before the sun coming out, sudden drops in temperature from strong winds blowing from nearby glaciered peaks, and rugged strenuous climbing. One needs a range of clothing from rain gear to well insulating jackets and gloves. I got by with long underwear, shirt, fleece, heavy climbing pants, and extra tops when it got cold. I found a glove along the trail that helped when the temperature dropped.
We took the ferry to Memurubu and ended at Gjedesheim. Parts of the trail are well maintained with terraced stone steps, but it gets challenging at the ridge line to Bessegen.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2474 ft / 753 m
    Grade/Class:class 3
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Weather:Raining, Cool, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2468 ft / 752 m
    Route:Bessegen Trail
    Start Trailhead:Memurubu  3251 ft / 990 m
Ascent (From Destination) Statistics
    Gain on way out:6 ft / 1 m
    End Trailhead:Gjemdesheim  5725 ft / 1744 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by David Fitch
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