Photo: From the Summit of Himmeltindan, Vestvågøya, Lofoten Islands, Norway. Oct 2, 2012. 14:38
I usually try and save my mountains for when the light is good. No point in carrying a heavy backpack several thousand vertical feet only to have shit light. But as the days of Autumn progressed, I seemed to have had some bad timing. A few days previously, clouds decided to form over Skottind just as I arrived at the summit, and of course they cleared as soon as I was halfway down again. Now a couple days into October, another unusually mild Autumn day presented itself. And so I departed Stamsund under nice blue skies and a bright sun, not entirely sure where I was headed, but up something for sure.
As I parked my car at Haukland beach, I could see some high cloud appearing on the horizon and heading in my direction. Headphones in and some good music blasting out of the Ipod, I set myself a frantic pace as I hit the trail. I quickly overheated and had to strip down to only a t-shirt, in October! Higher and higher I ascended, lungs and legs burning while to clouds grew ever nearer to the Autumn sun.
I lost. By the time reached the 931 meter south summit, barely over an hour after leaving the car, at sea level, the clouds had arrived and the light grew flat. I met a few soldiers at the top, lucky them, they got to take the elevator inside the mountain. I half joked if I could catch a ride down and was given a stern ‘No, that won’t be possible.’ I already knew as much, but it was worth a try. Though I was pleasantly informed that since the radar on the higher north summit was down for maintenance, I was allowed to continue on up there.
The wind blew cold and I didn’t waste too much time hanging around. While flat light covered the islands, there was at least a bit of interesting light in the sky. Not the ideal image that I imagined, but not a total loss either. And all the more reason to head back up again…
Nikon 85mm f/2.8 tilt-shift