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Fall Gear Guide: Norway Gear Test

Follow the editors as they test gear on Norway's Folgefonna Glacier.
Photos by Broudy/Donohue Photography
  • Win-win: with moderate slopes like this, the Folgefonna Glacier is accessible to beginners, but has steep detours that experts will love.
  • <a href="/article/14612">Hilleberg's Keron 3</a> pitched and guyed out in nine minutes flat.
  • Nothing like a week of skiing with big loads to find the <a href="/article/14612">best packs</a>.
  • Testing the wood-burning stove in Holmaskjer Hut.
  • The edge of Folgefonna Glacier overlooks the fjord (and on a windy night is a great place to test <a href="/article/14815">layers</a>.)
  • Below snow line, testers hiked down to sea level-testing packs for load control with an extra 15 pounds of <a href="/article/14940">skis and boots aboard</a>.
  • Pitching the <a href="/article/14614">Big Agnes String Ridge 2</a> during the traverse of the Folgefonna Glacier.
  • Endless winter: the early-summer sun casts long shadows late into the night.
  • Putting <a href="/article//14940">poles</a> to good use on an icy slope
  • The <a href="/article/14656">Rab Infinity</a> has the best warmth-to-weight ratio of the puffy jackets we tested.
  • What goes up, must come down: after climbing to the top of Folgefonna Glacier, gear editor Kristin Hostetter gladly yields to elevation in the name of ski testing.
Win-win: with moderate slopes like this, the Folgefonna Glacier is accessible to beginners, but has steep detours that experts will love.
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Win-win: with moderate slopes like this, the Folgefonna Glacier is accessible to beginners, but has steep detours that experts will love.

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