"A word on the spot is worth a cartload of recollections"
James Maggs, Southwold diarist 1797-1890
Monday, 24 February 2014
Day 7 - rest day
Our plan was for a short climbing day, but after a leisurely start and drive up the valley to Stonndalen we found another climbing party already parked by the climb we wanted to do. It was probably Martin Moran and his clients. (It was MM who provided us with his and Ari Paulin's PDF climbing guide to the area. His base for his annual trip with clients is a few hundred metres north along the fjord).
There were other climbs around - particularly Reppanutenfossen which was looking impressive but involved a longish walk-in - but seeing them on “our” climb was all the encouragement we needed to take a rest day. Our motivation to exert ourselves was weak after 6 days climbing on the trot.
So, back to the cabin for a shower, then a short walk to the Spa on the village square to restock our food supply - with this 1.2kg mega-pizza.
Considering things to do with our rest day, we talked idly about catching a ferry to have a look at the fjord (Sognefjord is the 3rd longest in the world), or taking the train up Flåmsdalen (the steepest unassisted train ride in Europe) but in the end our sloth won out and we settled down for a lazy day.
An hours's sleep was necessary after the pizza, then we watched 2 films, ate the second of the 2 spag bols I'd pre-cooked in England, drank a couple of whiskies, then bed.