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  1. #1
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    Spitsbergen aka Svalbard

    Svalbard Svalbard you're so fine. Svalbard Svalbard you blow my mind. Oh Svalbard...

    Larsbreen to Tollsteinen to Lars Hiertafjellet to Longyearelva with Sawback Alpine.

    1050m for the recovering from jet lag break-in day

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  2. #2
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    Subscribed...Jezzus you ski in some fine places!!

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    I rip the groomed on tele gear

  4. #4
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    Very nice.
    watch out for snakes

  5. #5
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    It's not always bluebird in the high Arctic. Gray skies and flurries as a front rolled in on Day 2. Winds were light thankfully and precip fell as snow (albeit heavy).

    Our route was Longyearelva - Tverrdalen (where we saw reindeer) - Platåbreen - Nordenskiöldfjellet - Platåbreen - Sverdruphamaren then back to our lodging for a total of 1080m

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  6. #6
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    Very nice.
    But where are the p bears?

  7. #7
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    Quote Originally Posted by BCMtnHound View Post
    Very nice.
    But where are the p bears?
    None due to pack ice breaking up down here. About 100kms further north the W Atlantic winds off the Norwegian Sea brings the pack ice inland and the bears then come down to water to eat walrus/seal and people.

    Guides practicing flares. One of the guests is from the Blaeberry, knows the guns and tuned them

    Some maps because to me, these were cool.

    Highest latitude civilian town in Svalbard is Longyearbyen at 78 deg. Highest in Canada is Grise Bay at 76 deg. Highest I'd been before in the NWT/YK border where we biked at just under 70 N so it feels surreal to be here.

    Highest research places are NY Ålesund and Alert respectively at 80 and 82 deg N

    In Norwegian

    Fjellet. Smaller peak. Eg Lars Hiertafjellet

    Tind. Summit or bigger peak. Eg HelvetesTind

    Elva. River. Eg Adventelva

    Dalen. Valley. Eg Tverrdalen

    Toppen. Top. Eg Adventtoppen

    Why Sawback Alpine?

    - Tom is a long time friend

    - I really like his communication. He's really good at answering questions and putting up frequently asked questions and trip planning. Plugging him https://sawback.com/ski-touring/euro...-d15e3bf9-9b39

    - The price was among the more reasonable between Ice-Axe Adventures, Seil Norge and Sawback

    - Itinerary seemed super solid. There's 3 full touring days at Longyearbyen. There's 6 full ski days on the boat. The boat potentially goes the furthest also ie past the N tip of Prins Karl Forlund on the NW side of Svalbard

    - I liked the size of the boat. 2 master at the Harbour. Not too big. Not too small

    - liked the guide client ratio at 3 to 18

    -Food at lunch/breakfast is solid with lots!

    Will keep throwing in thoughts.

    Hot tip. 24 beer tax free but bring your boarding pass to Store. Good.choice from Svalbard Bryggeri. $4 cad per can



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  8. #8
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    Excellent!!!
    what's so funny about peace, love, and understanding?

  9. #9
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    We had 5cms overnight and beautiful weather. Started our trip at the EISCAT radar station E of town and at 400m asl.

    Toured up Breinosa- Foxfonna - FoxToppen. Skied off Foxtoppen with a superb view of Van Mijenfjorden Hornsund in boot top rippable pow.

    Then down the Rieperbreen Glacier and back to town to get anniversary beer and chocolate for Sharon

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  10. #10
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    so cool

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    Our home for the week. SS Noordelicht and a sail from Longyearbyen to the Ymerbukta bayClick image for larger version. 

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  12. #12
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    this is badass^

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    Got a nice strava from Foxtoppen Foxfonna. Some other randoms too
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    Easterling then Westerlies then Northerlies as we got blown off a few cols by 30 - 60 kt winds. Esmarkmorenen - Ramsfjelldalen - Col Sten de Geerfjellet then retreat

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    Rad trip. Foxbigpen to Foxlilpen traverse w variable depth not withstanding

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    Solid work Lee!
    “I tell you, we are here on Earth to fart around, and don't let anybody tell you different.”
    ― Kurt Vonnegut, A Man Without a Country

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    This is OUR mountain - come join us!

  17. #17
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    What are the accoms like on that boat? Looks like such a super cool adventure

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    Quote Originally Posted by bennymac View Post
    What are the accoms like on that boat? Looks like such a super cool adventure
    It's big for a sailboat. 50m

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  19. #19
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    Minus 15 on our tour up the Protektor Glacier via Protektorbreen then off the Lagmanstoppen col.

    Sweet views to the Forlundset to W, Gronfjordien to S and multiple glaciers including Harrietbreen to N

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  20. #20
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    Bucket list trip. Stunning!
    "Your wife being mad is temporary, but pow turns do not get unmade" - mallwalker the wise

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    So cool.

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    Shout if you get an extra day after the boat Was out of town for the weekend but have an extra sled in LYB

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    Fabulous

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    Quote Originally Posted by NWFlow View Post
    Shout if you get an extra day after the boat Was out of town for the weekend but have an extra sled in LYB
    potential TGR summit at the ends of the earth - gotta love this place!

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    Lee's gotten beauty days today and yesterday!

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