The Patchell cabin

Why on earth would someone spend two nights on a cold mountain, with no electricity, or internet? No one, right? Well, if you substitute those everyday distractions, with an experience to lasts a lifetime, i think a good amount of people would.

Let me elaborate. I attend an university course, called outdoor media. Basicly we shoot video in nature. This time we were going to visit the Patchell cabin. The Patchell cabin lies in the Habostad valley at the foot of mount Slogen, the most well known peak of Sunnmørsalps. The sunnmørsalps is a mountain range, that lies in the Møre og Romsdal region. The range has some renown in Norway, and to some extent in Scandinavia too. The current cabin lies about 100 meters next to the old Patchell cabin. The old cabin was founded by Charles Watson Patchell in the 1920’s. At that time Patchell spent his summers visiting that area. after years of neglect, the patchell cabin was restored in the late 70’s. the new patchell cabin, the one we staid in, was built in 1964.


The patchell cabin

It wasn’t the first time i slept in a cabin, or the first time hiked up a mountain ether. As a Norwegian spending time on mountains, is comes fairly natural for me. Once the days grow longer, and nights shorter, Norwegians often get an urge, to wander up the mountains we live under. So when i was told to hike up a mountain for 4 hours, to find a cabin, with no electricity or internet. It didnt seem like such a hard task. To some extent i was wrong, but it wasn’t bad, not by a long shot.

When we began the ascent, i thought, four hours won’t be so bad. I’ve probably walked for that long before. If i had walked for that long before, it mustn’t have left an impersion on me. At least not the way this trip would. This trip was hard, but not just because of the length of the trip. The mountains had a deceitful look about them. You walk up the mountain side, all the while seeing the top, saying “almost there”. But when you reach the top of the hill, you see another one, and another, and another, until your throat is burning, knees are all wobbly, and you don’t think you can carry on.Then you sit down, drink some water, and have a snack, and you strengthen your resolve.

1. The beginning of our hike.
2. Our first break.
3. Our lunch break.
4. Here some of the hiker broke of the main party to explore some crystal caves.
5. Our destination, the Patchell cabin.

Luckily all this pain and suffering has a payoff. The peak before the walley. Before you come to the walley where the cabin sits, theres this wonderful peak. The view kicks you right in the face, and you can see the end. Just when you were about to beg the gods for forgiveness, and take away all your pain and suffering, you see the end, and what lies beyond.

The days we spent there, were wonderful, but it had to come to an end. We packed our bags, and headed down. One the way down, i asked my fellow students why people should visit the cabin. If i couldn’t convince you, maybe they can.

Why you should visit the Patchell cabin from håkon brandal on Vimeo.

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