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of February 2002
Skiing tour, day 2: many vertical meters and the fight with the skis
Although we got up at 7.30,
we were not able to leave before 9 o'clock ... let's celebrate the
perfect day without any cloud was waiting for us and full of pleasant
anticipation we started our tour. The old ski track was good visible in
the dense forests, where it is not so windy and because of this track we
made good progress. But after five minutes my binding was deconstructing
itself. A screw at the lace broke but with a wire construction I was able
to repair it. And really, it was working until the end of the trip ... so
don't forget to bring a small repairing set with wires with you.
crossed the bridge over the Suomujoki, we saw that the tracks are
diverging from each other. One track was following the river and the other
track disappeared in the forest. We took the track into the forest,
because we had to assume, that the track along the river will not led us
up to the plateau near the Vintilätunturi-Fjells.
soon it turned out, that this track would lead us up the plateau, but not
along the very steep summer trail. Since we couldn't find an old track to
the winter trail, we decided to follow the summer trail.
plateau we lost the track (the storms of the last days covered the
tracks), but the good weather made it easy to orientate. When we arrived
at the forests of the other side of the plateau, we found the track again,
which led us directly to the Tuiskukuru-hut.
the hut it had -7°C and it needed a while until we had temperatures above
the freezing level. Suddenly, when we looked out of the window, we saw the
landscape shining in a strange green light. We went out and when we looked
to the sky we saw amazing northern lights. They where bright green and
moving like dancing curtains. Like three snow men we were standing in the
cold winter air in order to don't miss this spectacle.