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Fall Gear Guide: Norway Gear Test

Follow the editors as they test gear on Norway's Folgefonna Glacier.

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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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Hilleberg’s Keron 3 pitched and guyed out in nine minutes flat.

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Nothing like a week of skiing with big loads to find the best packs.

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Testing the wood-burning stove in Holmaskjer Hut.

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The edge of Folgefonna Glacier overlooks the fjord (and on a windy night is a great place to test layers.)

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Below snow line, testers hiked down to sea level-testing packs for load control with an extra 15 pounds of skis and boots aboard.

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Pitching the Big Agnes String Ridge 2 during the traverse of the Folgefonna Glacier.

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Endless winter: the early-summer sun casts long shadows late into the night.

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Putting poles to good use on an icy slope

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The Rab Infinity has the best warmth-to-weight ratio of the puffy jackets we tested.

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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.

Photos by Broudy/Donohue Photography

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