Camp 14: We have had the most perfect day. Not a single cloud, excellent snow and a landscape out of another world. The mountains here are not only dramatic, but the weather down here plasters them with snow and ice. It is like they are dressed up in a fairytale world. How the ice can cling onto those ultra steep mountain sides are beyond belief. It is like walking in a japanees comic strip, your fantasy cant quite cope with it all.
Vi put 23 kilometres and a 1000 metre vertically behind us today. That was excellent and due only to the superb conditions. The first part was easy, but then we entered the upper part of the Stephan Glacier and crevasses started to appear. We soon had to rope up as it became pretty wild as we zigzaged onwards.
In this reflection bowl the sun was unbelievably strong. The radiation here is really high. Our faces will stay tanned forever, and we used just undershirts most of the day. That was very comfortable, apart form for Bengt. His Brynje Mesh shirt was not the thing to have. It is brilliant most always, but not against the sun. See photo…
We have now camped in an enormous crevasse field as we see down the glacier. But we can se both some moraines and some good step-off points. But we are in no doubt the next days will be adventuroues.