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Priest Tours’ camp site number 2

Ever since I became interested in Divine Path, I wanted to find the places they had reached the camp. Easy is not it.

The Nensén called “Wassjas plain” in the quote recently identified as a several square kilometer area near Vássjá lake (especially east). Exactly where in this area the second camp was, I thought a lot about.

One possible location is the grassy plateau that lies due north of the lake.Then Nenséns notice of the orientation meeting perfectly. The problem is that the area of ​​gräshed largely is damp, it’s almost like marsh. A brook flows indeed near but one can hardly call it source. Then it is better to consider the area a bit east of the lake. There flowing streams from several directions, and the grassy meadows are enormous. Even in the Southeast is grassland that would work well.

Photo of grass meadows at Vássjájávrátja, taken about 1 kilometers south of. The large, green plateau north of the lake is clearly visible in the middle of image. The land which is quite marshy. The green, low-lying area immediately east of the lake is even wetter. But the right of the picture begins to dry heathland that is perhaps the most likely camp area.

Can it be that NJ Andersson wrote give any clue? The continuation of his tour description reads: “At the end of this field (Karraneskoppi, my note.) Gat we performing a steep hill, waded across Wassjabäcken and beat up the tent on a lush green tight during one of the 3: ne snödigra Wassjakullarne.”

Two of the three “snödigra Wassjakullarna” must be Vássjábákte and Vássjátjåhkkå, and the third should be the height of 1401. But no precise indication of the place is of course not, but you can think of several possibilities. The book continued, describing the beginning of the next travel day, perhaps can shed further light on the matter: “The third day was our hike at the beginning upföre Wassjakullarnas Nedra afsatser …”.

Since the rösningar located just north of the lake can be said to be on a Ledge (ie plateau), I think that Andersson had not camp on the plateau north of the lake but on the large greens east of the lake, in the large area of ​​our mountain maps are called Vássjágåhpe (gåhpe = round down). The next day they went then up to the plateau and then on. But more than this, I did not come on the camp site. And some rösningar on the large greens Diana and I could not see.

The road after the plateau – how did they really?

Another of last year’s overwhelming finding was the 3 major (and some minor) rösningar standing on the green plateau due north of Vássjájávrátja. This stretching does just fine with the General Staff of the map description. Furthermore, we found a rösning four kilometers further north, very near where the reindeer fence crosses the border to Padjelanta. The problem was that on the whole this four-kilometer-long stretch we had not found any rösning all. See the map below.

But this year I was determined that we would manage to find something.I suspected that we had gone too far to the east, then to the top of Vássjás slope. Now we would find something closer Padjelanta limit, which also seemed consistent with the General Staff of the map. On the mountain map I have drawn out the green pecking the way I thought we would investigate. What I did not know was that the General Staff of the map led me on completely the wrong track. But thanks to another outside of mate, Ole Dahl Green from Denmark, the plans would not be as it was first conceived.

It started not so good. The last hour was Diana and I struggled through the rain. Mosquitoes were numerous and bloodthirsty around the lake.The rain gear made me sweat at the slightest effort. It felt uncomfortable to handle your camera and try to look for rösningar. Tempting to get everything done as quickly as possible. We started walking in the rain.Meanwhile, I thought about a rösning as Ole and his son had photographed already in 2013. It was quite large and looked old in the photos. For some reason, I had failed to locate the last year, despite the fact that Ole had given me their coordinates to it. Maybe I thought that it seemed to be too far to the east, and on the altitude.

A short break in rainfall meant that I decided. Although I thought it might be a difficult detour I took up the GPS and put in the coordinates. The GPS showed that there were several hundred meters to go, up the slope.Industrious, hot and myggigt. But no rain.

We came up on a hill and got the views back down to the lake that lay at ground level far below us. I recognized it from Oles photos. But no rösning seen when we arrived at the location. We ended up instead in the middle of a snowfield (if I remember correctly). The coordinates sued, could not, something was wrong. But the position was properly entered, I was sure.