Traditional Boxing Day "Pirunkuru climbing"
Every Boxing Day we climb up the Kesänki Fell via Pirunkuru (Devil's pass), a very steep pass with the whole family. Nowadays it is a little bit easier when all the kids climb and ski themselves. Some of the skis must be carried for others, but that's easy compared to carrying all the babies.
This year we were well equipped, two pairs of snowshoes and an extra pair of skis with skins on the bottom, you know the telemark style of climbing up with animal skins fixed to the bottoms of skis. Nowadays the skins are certainly artificial.
We skied some kilometres to the bottom of the fell, changed to snowshoes, skins or just skiboots and started climbing up. In spring time there is a path or almost like stairs and you can run up if you are fit enough. Now it looked like we were the first people going up this season. No marks in the snow. Every step we dropped like half a meter, even with snowshoes. From the picture you can see that the weather wasn't the best either.
Finally at the top we changed back to crosscountry skis and started going downhill. Not so easy either. The snow was hard on the surface, but soft underneath, so you never knew when you dropped 30 centimeters trough the thin hard icy crust. If you didn't drop through the ice the heavy wind took you with full speed down. The small kids didn't drop through the icy surface as often as us adults. Interesting downhill.
When at last we reached our cottage, I rushed to the Sauna, to get my fingers and toes to melt. Not the wisest thing to do, I should not freeze them this winter and thawing them in the sauna is probably a too quick method.