For Alkavare via Priest Path (10)

Down the Ruonasvágge – and more finds

After these mixed stone relics apparently continued along the path gölens northern edge. After the lake, we found a couple of old trail marks, but then we saw no more in the direction of travel. We peered rather further to the right and glimpsed in the distance a rösning as Diana and I found last year, HS14-24-R. Near it is also HS14-25-R.

After these came a number of smaller rösningar towards Ruonasvágge I have drawn on the map but without entering names. We approached the stream coming from the hillside north of the peak Málmmatjåhkkå 1705. This brook can probably be fighting at times, but we did take us quite simply over. We paused, and then I saw a few hundred meters upstream something interesting: a large rösning perched on a boulder.

Rösningen HS15-21-R that silhouetted in the distance against the white hillside behind. Here I have gone up to it. The stone is about 2.7 meters high where rösningen is located. The rösningen is almost 80 cm high. It is full of lavbeväxning and certainly very old. Its location on the stone, its size and its peculiar shape allows one to notice it.

HS15-21-R photographed from a different direction. The mountain in the background is Ruonas.

Beside this great rösning was a smaller rösning standing directly on the ground (HS15-22-R). It looked to be demolished and rebuilt. Given that it was not as easy to see in the far distance must be assumed that the small built earlier than the large stone block. The question is why they built such a magnificent rösning far from the main path. For how much I gazed I could not see that there were markings in any direction, but the main trail seemed to go a few hundred meters down the slope. Maybe it marked a ford over the stream coming from Málmmatjåhkkå 1705. The river was fairly easy to cross when we passed, but it has not always been.

I returned to our party who had now begun to worry about whether something could have happened mig.Det thought that I have been away a long time, but it did not. A week later, Diana and I get a call on the matter, which she reminded me of my trip and they had been troubled.The dialogue was approximately as follows.

– You were gone a long time, she said.

– Just a moment, I answered.

– You were gone 25 minutes!

– Impossible! I was away at most one quarter.

– I looked at the time. It was 25 minutes!

– Ok, maybe a little more than one quarter. 20 minutes, then?

– What is this? SQUARE ?!

But this conversation had therefore not yet taken place. We went down to the valley floor in Ruonasvágge. And here came the next discovery: a clear path. I had read in Studia Laplandica 9 to Lars G. Hedlund had found parts of the trampled path in Ruonasvágge, and that he was sure it was the old priest trail. And this was such a path!

A deeply trodden path in the ground, and greatly overgrown, which shows that it has not been used by reindeer in a long time. In the mountains, it takes a very long time for a path to grow again, so I think Lars Hedlund’s right. This, I have termed the HS15-30-SG. Photo taken north. The rock to the right is Ruonas. To the left of it, we would go up, in the flat valley between mountains.

Priests first camp site

Andersson writes: “When we reached from this ödedal ( Vállevágge, my note. ) We climbed over loose pebbles and rocks carry Tarrikaisins slope down to the smile Roudnas-fjellet. But before we passed the snöbro, during which a battle creek roared, met us the beautiful sight of Arnica Alpine , sparingly adornments glareösa hills, the white of Dryas , Draba muricella and Wahlenbergii ; in a marsh beside grew Saxifraga rivularisAlong with Carex pulla copious, and between the stones thrived Salix polaris . During Ruodnas pulped tent, a violent rainstorm interrupted my examination of the slopes, and in the night it snowed and stormed it terribly. ”

The snöbro Andersson mentions that seems to have been down for Ruonasvágge, west of Ruonasgårsså. I and my companions went over such snöbrygga, just before jokkarna from the west in Ruonasvágge meets the stream coming from the north (which runs just east of the small peak in 1138). Then plunge the total quantity of water into the Ruonasgårsså. Maybe it went Anderssonska expedition over in the same place as us. Shortly after the transition seems they have camped.

One must admire the passage of people for their strength and fitness. It is almost two and a half mil arduous mountain terrain from Kvikkjokk to Ruonasvágge.

Plenty of snow in Ruonasvágge when we passed on the way to Alkavare. But when Diana and I returned a week later, there was not much left of snöbryggan. We avoided when going over it and waded instead. Photo: Diana.

Lunch break at Ruonasvágge. On my travels this summer I tried to carry a small umbrella, which meant that some could not help laughing.But when it came rain, or you had to embark on necessary errands outside the tent in the rain, then no one laughed. Photo: Diana.