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Blessed by the Sun,
Kissed by the Moon,
We made Love on the Summit,
While the Peak lay still and deep,
Below us.
– Gerry Roach

7,887-foot Store Skagastolstind in Norway

Tired of their unpronouncable names, the locals call Norway’s third highest peak Storen. Much harder to climb than Norway’s first and second highest peaks, Storen anchors the western end of the Jotunheimen or Home of the Giants in south-central Norway.

Welcome to Norway's Jotunheimen! Approaching Storen in the northern twilight. Welcome to Norway’s Jotunheimen

Approaching Storen in the northern twilight. Storen is the rightmost peak
Looking up Storen's south side at the Andrews Chimney which splits the upper face. Looking up Storen’s south side at Andrews Chimney which splits the upper face
Gerry entering Andrews Chimney in 1973 Gerry entering Andrews Chimney in 1973
Looking south from Storen's summit. Store Ringstadt is the dramatic peak in the center. Looking south from Storen’s summit

Store Ringstadt is the dramatic peak in the center.
Photos by Barb Roach and Gerry Roach

Like most European peaks, Storen has a colorful climbing history. The Englishman William Cecil Slingsby and Norwegian Emanuel Mohn started up Storen in late July 1876. They pushed up into bad weather, simply because their guide Knut Lykken didn’t have much time. To further complicate their climb, Mohn and Lykken had no crampons. When ice stopped them, Slingsby continued alone to the summit to complete the first ascent. I marveled that even this early climb was full of hubris.
– Gerry Roach - From Ride The Breath
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