Today’s Miles: 20.1
Total Miles: 605.6
Øvre Dividal National Park, near Daertahytta, Norway – July 23, 2016
The mountains rise up more defiant of gravity than they were in the far north. Cliffs and rocky peaks replace gentle slopes of tundra. They eat up the endless sky and tower over the wide valleys.
In the high crags, Glaciers cling to the slopes, their white ice harder and sharper than the lingering snowbanks shimmering in the sunlight. Waterfalls spill over walls of rock and tumble through the air.
The change came slowly as the trail wove over passes, down into valleys and back up again. It came over days, mile by mile, one cliff instead of a slope, one pointed peak among many gentle rises. A single, edgy mountain replaced by two, then three, each more ragged than the last until they filled the horizon with cliffs, points, edges, and rock.