For Alkavare via Priest Path (9)

The high camp on the slope down towards Habré gave a broad view of the many mountains in both Padjelanta and Sarek. Seeing those landscapes makes a strong impression on me, and the thoughts they evoke, I carry with me when I travel home. During winter memories recurs frequently. Although mountain trips associated with a lot of toil and hardship, it is no doubt that soon I yearn again. It always feels too far in a year between visits.

The rocky slope

But now it was not only dramatic views, but to seek out traces of the old Priest trail. Rösningen designated VG14-27-R, which I photographed from a distance last year, had been visited and documented the night before (see previous article). It was exciting to see if there would be more rösningar near our camp and continue our path. The weather was not the best, clouds drifted in and obscured the mountains and it was expecting maybe rain. But we overcame all morning procedures without getting wet and could start our day’s journey. It was not long before a road marking detected.

Rösningen HS15-01-R (HS = Habré). A wonderful road markings showing clear signs of being old (abundant lavbeväxning between the rocks, similar fouling on multiple stones, etc.). The small body of water in the picture is a pool which is plotted on the mountain map, just below the 1000 meter level.

From the direction we came was the visible, but only from very close range. Will the other hand, from the other direction and are heading up towards Vállevágge be astute to see the very distant because it stands out against the horizon edge more than half a kilometer away. Photo taken both without and with, telephoto zoom. To the left glimpse Vallespiken, and it’s tempting to stay closer in that direction, because the level looks much less out there. Anything less is too, but you get a shorter route if you are aiming for this rösning. This is important, because the terrain is rocky everywhere and quite time consuming to go. And – not least – to come straight at VG14-27-R and the subsequent easy walking terrain on the west side of Vállevágge.

Map of the main rösningarna (-R) and paths (-SG) between Vállevágge and Ruonasvágge. HS = Habresområdet. The green dotted line is my approximate assessment how most modern-day hikers go. Most passes the control point in Vállevágge, where there is a visible rösning (added on in the modern era and marked with a yellow dot on the map). The accumulation of red and orange dots NW of workouts point shows that sooner something went higher up and a few hundred meters away from the green “trail”. Three such rösningar between HS15-01-R and the green cracking. These rösningar is probably old, but a couple of them are small and not so clear. I think that even in the old days ended up here, now there, so no exact track is not about.

Rösningar – and a garbage dump

On the way to the little mere is just below the 1000 meter level, we crossed the stream that comes from the old glacier bowl north of Tjiláktjåhkkå 1824. There, we found several interesting findings. This structure was discovered by Loviisa, 16 years. It’s probably some kind of storage pit, with caps of stone that fits to cover over with. A bit away from this was a white stone that looked to have been placed to mark the spot. How old these relics is I do not know.

A third finds the same place. During the rocks glimpsed an old tin can.Thus a genuine sopgömma. Admittedly teaches tin can for canning to have been invented in 1810 but who would dare say that this jar is from a priest trips time ;-). We could not pick up on, but went on.