For Alkavare via Priest Path (11)

The priest Nensén also seems to have had the night camped here in 1841, although his description is a bit vague (I have mentioned this in a previous article on Divine Path).

The continuation was certainly along the creek where that comes from the north. I have a number of times followed the western side of this river and found nothing special. On the way back from Sarek Diana and I ended up on the east side. And now we saw traces of an almost completely overgrown trail! So I think it was on the side you usually went.

The path on the east side watercourse. We modern humans have been found in many artificial pleasures, but to look for antiquities in the mountains is fun for real. And to find a (nearly) forgotten trail feels much better than winning the lottery. Perhaps this is the path fragments from a priest driving the time, it is partly overgrown and does not look to have been used much in recent times. The trail name: RS15-02-SG, orange highlighted. RS = Ruonasområdet. Photo: Diana.

Furthermore against Slihtávágge and Buojdes

The second day’s hiking described NJ Andersson as follows: “The following morning continued the trek up the Roudnas, down on a flat, desolate fields omgifvet of snöfjellen on all edges, where Andromeda tetragona like Heather fronted an entire hill Along with Pedicularis hirsula , now began become public. Wading across Kamajock, as here, in their origin, flowed out of the lake Puoetisjaur, crossed we crossed the slope of the steep fjellen (= Puoetisbacken), where Pinguicula alpina ,Wahlberg Ella apetala and Draba alpina now first collected, and came up the below Welkespoult outstretched Fjell field Karraneskoppi, genomvattnadt of a number TUMBLE streams. ”

The attentive reader will note that Andersson mentions Kamajokk. Our Mountain Map called on the Buojdesjåhkå when it flows out of the lake.

Here is a map of the area, until the lake Buojdes, so that it is possible to follow the description of rösningar and other finds.

Commentary on the map. I have drawn with blue dots as I think Priest path went. This fits well with the official map of 1890. At one point, choose something most modern-day hikers another way, namely, past the small lake located north of RS14-20-R. One goes west of, according to the green dots. But, on the lake’s east side, it is easy to walk and there is a clear path. If you follow this route will also straight at rösningarna BS15-01-R and BS14-19-R. If you go west of the water probably missed them.

But let us return to the path after Ruonasvágge. After the short distance with traces of the trail, it was not long until the flat valley flattened out.As we approached the two small water bodies located NNE of peak in 1138, we discovered a new rösning, a collection of smaller stones that were placed on a low cliff. It was visible at quite a distance.

A group of stones that most likely placed as guides. The stones were significantly lichen-rich on several pages, I judge rösningen old.Designation: RS15-04-R. Photo taken in the direction of travel, and can be seen behind the northern of the two ponds. Far in the background to the left Låptåtjåhkkå.

Next rösning, RS15-05-R. Also, this consists of a few small stones. They are placed in an inclined position in a larger block. Very lichens suggests old age.

Behind RS15-05-R the center of the picture a rösning as I passed in 2013 and which I have designated on the map RS13-06-R. It is probably quite a few hikers who notice. The two rösningarna stands on either side of the stream that you see running in the picture. The stream is on the mountain map.

RS13-06-R in closeup. The top stones may have been added later on, possibly been rebuilt after being knocked down. But rösningens lower part looks old out with similar lavbeväxning on the stones. Several stones has the same pattern on lavbeväxningen that the large block, indicating great age.

RS15-08-R. This stands on a small slope that you have no reason to get up in when you are on the road to Buojdes. Therefore, it is probably not many who see it, you have to scout. Like many other rösningar standing little “beside” it has got to be alone. It seems to be completely intact. And ancient. Quite close to were additionally a bit of a clear path, but I have not taken it on the map.

RS15-11-R is interesting. A narrow stone disc which is leaning against a low stone. But it is a road marking or a natural rock formation?Completely safe, it can not be enough, but I have nevertheless included it as a rösning (highlighted in yellow, though). There are two reasons for this. One is of course that it is “right”, it fits with the other markings.The second reason is that the disc is positioned so as to reasonably indicate the direction of travel, that is going according to how it is angled. Although I have not seen many examples of such signposts on the Divine Path, I think this may be deliberately placed so.

The following rösningarna until the bet of Buojdesjåhkå I did not say much about. I have dealt with almost everyone in a blog article I wrote last fall about the Divine Path. A couple of small discoveries have been made for years, but they confirm the trail route, as it is stated on the official map.

But rösning I take back. It is BS14-18-R that is worth admiring. It is certainly a stone construction that is old. It looks to have been maintained and is adorned with reindeer antlers. It is very striking, and anyone who goes this route will notice it and get guidance.

 

To wade across Buojdesjåhkå was because of melting snow is not as easy as it used to be, but we managed to get across with your boots on. NJ Andersson did not devote many words to stretch beyond Buojdes, and even Nensén was brief. If the stretch after the first camp wrote Nensén only:

  1. Valleys uppföre and performing (with less braggadocio, often smooth, steady and pleasant way).
  2. Next Puoitesjaure.

I have not much sympathy for the route along the north shore of Buojdes. The times I made it, it was mosquitoes or rain, and often both simultaneously. The terrain is very rocky and uneven and overgrown with herbs and shrubs that hide everything. But look not always what is on the ground in which to put his foot. I have not seen any rösning there, but necessary course not. When the consequences of a lake you can see anyway where to go.

After that with some effort taken us past the lake – with rain and mosquitoes – had it had become night. Tired Segade we are a bit up the hill and found a good place to camp.

The campsite. The photo was taken the next morning.

Summary

Our little expedition had now spent two and a half days to locate road markings and traces of the old Priest trail. The number of discoveries along our route – from Vállevágge – was up in the eighties! Almost all the findings were documented with photo and positioned. So far, General Staff of the map production basically sued all the way, possibly with a question mark on the western side of Vállevágge.

When it came the next day continued, I knew that even there were the old map right, but I wanted to find more rösningar who confirmed it. Would we find them? It was an important task.

What I did not know then was that the General Staff Map later had mistaken properly. Last year, Diana and I were looking in vain for the path on certain routes, and we would be the next day to realize that it was the General Staff map’s fault that we have not found it. But I will not anticipate events. There will be a new small article about this.