Outdoor adventure of the year

This year's Friluftstreffet is finished!

Thanks for a great weekend all of you that attended Friluftstreffet 2014! If you didn't come this year, you'll get a new chance in 2015, stay tuned!.

The info below is from last year. Should be relevant for 2015 as well, but nothing is yet planned.

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Join the "Friluftstreffet"
18. - 21. September 2014!

In the middle of September we're again ready for this year's big outdoor event. Friluftstreffet has been a great success for many years, and this year will be no exception. This weekend nearly hundred students gather in the small village of Lom, close the the Jotunheimen mountains. During the three days you can try exciting activities like river kayaking, ice climbing, rock climbing, downhill skiing, glacier walking, caving and mountain hiking.

This is the happening for students keen on outdoor activities, that want to try something new, challenge themselves and have a great time with like minded during a few great autumn days in the mountains. Every participant can attend one activity each of the three days. We focus on adventure rather than learning, as this is not a course. OSI brings qualified instructors for all the activities, as well as needed equipment. You just do as told and have a great time! Then if you want to learn more, you can join the responsible OSI sub groups.

Read more on this page, then contact the OSI Office to sign up!





Glacier walking at the Bøver glacier

The fee is 2000 kr. It includes transport (our own bus), lodging in cabins, two dinners, all specialised equipment and all instruction for three days. Getting all this from a commercial event firm would cost you waaaay more!
You must also be a member of OSI, costing 90 kr per semester.

Date and time
The event is 18 - 21 September 2014. We travel by our own bus on Thursday. Meet up by the entrance of Domus Athletica (sports hall next to Blindern) by 15:30. We'll return to the same place late Sunday evening.

We're staying in camping cabins at Nordal Turistsenter in the small village of Lom. Each cabin has room for two or four persons, and we'll organise that at the bus. We have of course booked cabins for you. The cabins have a small fridge and a cooking stove. You must bring sheets etc, or a sleeping bag. There are showers in a separate building.

We get served dinner on Friday and Saturday, but you must make breakfast and lunch yourself. The bus will have a break in the city of Lillehammer on the way up, so you can buy food there if you want to coordinate with others. There is also a food store next to the camping site, so you can buy more there on Friday (it'll be closed by the time we get there on Thursday and Saturday).
On the way home on Sunday we'll stop somewhere you can buy dinner.

You will get all special equipment needed for the activities.
What you need to bring is warm clothes, wind and waterproof clothes, a cap, mittens/gloves and good solid shoes like mountain boots. If you lack boots, you might be able to rent it in Lom if you give us a notice in advance. You should also bring sunglasses and sunscreen (very needed in good weather at the glacier) and enough extra clothes. You will also need a small backpack for the day trips, a water bottle and a thermos.
Also read more about equipment under each activity!




Sign up


Signups start in august, and runs until it's full!

Signup is done in the common registration system for OSI, which you will find at www.osi.no. You register and pay with a credit card. Fill in necessary info, and proceed to a page where all the OSI groups are listed, and you can check off the ones you want to join. When signups are open, Friluftstreffet is listed there as a group. The mother group OSI will be selected as well automatically. Check off Friluftstreffet and proceed to payment. If you have trouble with payment, contact the OSI Office.

When you have paid, you can contact the OSI office (by phone, email or show up at the office) to select activities for the three days. Some activities might be fully booked already some of the days, so if you send a mail do list some options.





Questions about the event itself or the sign up process? Contact the daily manager of OSI. If you have questions about a specific activity, contact the OSI subgroup that is responsible for it.

OSI (Oslo Students Sports Club)
Epost: daglig-leder@osi.uio.no
Tlf: 22 59 69 71
Web: www.osi.no

OSI Fjell (moutaineering)
Email: fjell-styret@osi.uio.no
Web: www.osifjell.no
Facebook: facebook.com/osifjell

OSI Klatring (climbing)
Email: klatrestyret@osi.uio.no
Web: www.osiklatring.no
Facebook: facebook.com/klatregruppa

OSI Elvepadling (river kayaking)
Email: elvepadling-styret@osi.uio.no
Web: www.osi.uio.no/elvepadling

OSI Ski og Snowboard (downhill skiing)
Facebook: group
Web: www.osi.uio.no/skiogsnowboard





Take a look at pics from the previous years.





River kayaking

High waves at Friluftstreffet

The river kayaking will happen in the Otta river, and the part we'll be paddling is perfect for inexperienced paddlers. It doesn't have any crazy waves or areas of danger, but enough to give you a nice challenge and give you a good time.

One small section of the river is, however, rather tough - you will therefore have to carry the kayak around that point, before you can watch the experienced instructors show off a little ;) The trip also ends right before a tough section, so you will get some entertainment while drying up as well.

You must expect some swimming in the cold water, so a proper attitude is a requirement to have fun! You will be provided with wet suits though, so you'll cope with the temperature. You will be divided in groups of five participants and three experienced instructors.

You will be provided with a kayak and all needed safety gear by us. You will get a wet suit, but should bring wool underwear, a wool sweater and wool socks to have within the suit. Bring sandals or jogging shoes that can become wet. A cap is also a good idea, but it must fit underneath the helmet. A thermos of warm water and some dry clothes is a good idea to have when the day ends (backpacks will be moved by car).


OSI Elvepadling





Within walking distance of the cabins lie Tronoberget, where the climbing will happen. The crag is well suited for beginners, but you will also find plenty of challenges if you have some experience. You will get a short instruction in how to tie yourself into the rope etc, and then sky's the limit! Well, not really - you'll be securely fastened in a top rope, meaning you'll not really fall anything if your arms start screaming and your feet slips. You pick the routes you want to try yourself, and there are many to choose from. You can also try rappelling, if you want to.

Bring clothes for easy moving, some warm cloths and rain gear. All climbing equipment will be provided by us.


OSI Klatring



Ice climbing

Ice climbing at the Bøver glacier

Equipped with crampons and ice axes you climb up a wall of ice, properly secured with a rope from the top. Feet by feet you climb to the top.

Ice climbing is a fun and challenging activity, rather different from rock climbing. Rocks have tiny cracks you must find and use, but in ice climbing you can hammer your axes and crampons in everywhere. But that doesn't make it easy - much depends on technique. You doubtfully have enough strength to pull yourself up by the arms for very long, and have to use the feet right, as well as trust your equipment to hold you while moving. So, it's a tough activity, but everyone can do it. As we have a top rope, you can fall as much as you want, so just give it a try!
Usually ice climbing is done during winter in frozen waterfalls, but what we do here is to find a large vertical wall at the same glacier that the glacier walking is taking place.

No previous climbing experience is needed to participate, neither on ice nor rock.

Note that you usually get a trip around the glacier as well on this activity, since we have to walk up to the wall we want to climb. The difference of ice climbing and glacier walking activities is that we put up a top rope and use much time to climb vertical ice walls, while the glacier walkers spend all the time exploring the glacier and only climb a meter here and there. You're welcome to try both activities, just be aware that they are somewhat similar.

Wear waterproof and windproof clothes, both jacket and pants. Preferably clothes that gives you some freedom of movement. Bring at least two pairs of gloves/mittens. The ones used while climbing will get soaking wet, so it's nice to have another pair when you're waiting.
Cheap gaiters is a good idea if you have expensive pants, to protect them from the crampons.
You need boots with a stiff sole, i.e. normal mountain boots. (Might be possible to rent, see here.
Bring a warm jacket or wool sweater to wear while not climbing.
If you have a climbing harness feel free to bring it, but you will be provided with all the needed climbing and glacier gear.
Bring sunglasses and sunscreen. If the sun is shining, the light on the glacier will be very bright.



Glacier exploring

Man får venner på friluftstreffet

Glacier walking is a great activity where you will be walking around in the blue ice and exploring the many sides of a glacier. You will see deep crevasses, high ice towers and hopefully some deep blue caves or tunnels.

We drive the bus up to Krossbu mountain lodge, where we walk an hour to reach the glacier. We'll be exploring the Bøverbreen glacier, an arm of the larger Smørstabbreen glacier. We will divide the participants into rope teams of around 5 people, each with one experienced instructor. Equiped with rope, crampons and ice axes we are capable of exploring nearly anywhere we want.

The teams will be divided by how advanced you want to go, so this activity suits everyone.

Note that ice climbing also happens at the glacier, so these to activities are somewhat similar - you're still welcome to do both though.

You will be provided with all needed glacier gear, including harness, crampons, ice axe, helmet and rope.
You must bring suitable clothing. That means mountain boots, windproof and waterproof jacket and pants, wool underwear and an extra warm sweater for the lunch break. You MUST have gloves (or mittens), and do bring a cap. Cheap gaiters, if you have, is good to protect the pants from the crampons.
Wear a backpack with something warm to drink (thermos), lunch, something to sit on and an extra pair of gloves/mittens. Remember that you will also have to carry the glacier gear, so rather bring a 40 litre backpack than a 20 litre, if you have.
It might be possible to rent boots, see here.
Bring sunglasses and sunscreen. If the sun is shining, the light on the glacier will be very bright.



Hiking to mountain tops

It might be snow!

We'll take you to the top of some of the greatest peaks in Jotunheimen.

We'll drive by bus for an hour or so, into the mountains. Then we have a nice selection of peaks above 2000 m to choose from. Store Smørstabbtind (2208 m) is a sure hit if the weather allows it. We'll start from Krossbu at 1250 m, giving us a 6 hour walk to the top. From there you will get a great view of the surrounding mountains and the large glacier below.

An other alternative is to walk up Kyrkja (2032 moh), starting from Leirvassbu tourist lodge. Despite it's "low" height, the view is still excellent, since the peak is so pointy and isolated from the nearby peaks. Another possible trip is Loftet (2170 m), a peak not as characteristic as the other two, but still offering a great view from the top.

Some of the trips can be a little "airy", but no climbing is needed. This only means that if you have a severe fear of heights, you're likely to find this overly exciting. Other than that, these are all trips everyone in normally good shape can do.

You will need mountain boots, warm clothes (wool!), windproof and waterproof jacket and pants, mittens/gloves, a cap, daytrip backpack with thermos, water bottle (min 1 litre), lunch and something to sit on.
Bring gaiters if you have, there might be areas with snow.
Bring sunglasses.
Boots might possibly be rented, see here.




One of the caves

I the valley Dumdalen the river Dumma has created a range of caves in the chalky mountains. Some of them are now dry, while others have the river floating through the bottom of them. We'll follow the river up through five caves of different lengths. Then we'll go higher up in the mountain side to find to older caves. One is a rather strange one, shaped as a number 7. You enter the bottom, and climb several meters up before turning and climbing out at a point above the entrance, where you walk or rappel down. The other one is the deep "Spiral of death", the main attraction of the day. It's far from as dangerous as it sounds!

If you suffer from claustrophobia you might want to reconsider, but most people find this trip fun and interesting. Most of the time you have more than enough space to stand up, but there are some short, narrow bottlenecks. The worst ones can be avoided.

Equipment you must bring:
Mountain boots
Gloves that can get wet and dirty (worker gloves, for instance)
Solid clothes. Water resistancy is nice, but the clothes will get dirty and somewhat scratched up, so an old pair of jeans or some worn out goretex will do, for instance. Wear wool underwear, to stay warm while wet.
Bring a day backpack containing something warm to drink, lunch and something to sit on.
You will be provided with helmets and headlights.



Downhill skiing

Dream conditions in 2002

The skiing will happen at Galdhøpiggen summer ski centre, at the foot of Galdhøpiggen, our highest mountain. This is an excellent piste to learn telemark or slalom skiing in, as well as there is plenty of challanges for those with a little more experience. In addition, we'll have a great view of the mountains around.

Our instructors will teach both beginners and more experienced telemarkers. Usually some want more instruction than others, and we'll make sure everyone get it their way.

You need to bring your own skis, unless you rent it up there. You will gain the most of the course if you have plastic shoes and carving skis. If you rent skis, you will have to pay that extra cost yourself.

Note: You must also buy the daypass to the ski lift yourself, it is not included in the ordinary price of Friluftstreffet.

This activity is not offered every year. It depends on the snow conditions in the slopes, and whether we have ski instructors amongst us in the OSI groups.

In addition to skis you need a windproof jacket and warm gloves/mittens.
You should bring some wool underwear, even for a summer ski centre ;)
The instructors will be using helmets, and we want you to too.
Also bring goggles and sunscreen, just in case!




Questions and answers


More questions? Contact us!

Do you have to be a student at the University of Oslo to attend?
No, the requirement is that you become a member of OSI, something all students that has paid their semester fee can.

How many activities can I attend?
Three - one for each of the days (Friday - Sunday).

Do you need to have done a lot of hiking to attend mountain hiking?
Nope. You must be in good enough shape to be able to walk uphill for a few hours, but the trips are rather easy and our guides will take care of the navigation. Most people can do this. Remember that the aim of Friluftstreffet is to give people a taste of new outdoor activities.

What's the difference between glacier hiking and ice climbing?
These activities are somewhat similar, and take place at the same glacier. At ice climbing you walk up the glacier to a suitable wall where the instructors put up top ropes. Then you stay there for as long as you last, climbing different routes up the wall. It's tough on the arms, so if everyone is exhausted before the day is over, you can use the rest of the day exploring the ice in the same way as the glacier hikers. Those at glacier hiking will also be doing some small climbing moves here and there, but only a meter or two and only steep hills, not vertical walls.
Feel free to choose both activities, just be aware that the days will be similar. It will be fun for sure, in any case!

What equipment do I need?
Nothing specialiced, other than clothing and boots suitable for being outdoors in the mountains. All technical equipment will be provided.
What clothing is suitable, depends a bit on what activities you're attending:
The mountain activities require something water and wind proof, but by no means expensive Gore-tex stuff. You should also have warm underwear, preferably wool.
For river kayaking, wool underwear beneath the provided wetsuit is the best.
When rock climbing, something that don't restrict movement too much is key.
The caving has a Get Wet and Dirty guarantee, so either bring tough clothes, or something worn out that you don't mind if get scratched up (e.g. old jeans will do). And as usuall, wool underwear will save the day.
Appropriate clothing is described in more detail along with info on each activity above.
If you're going climbing or on the glacier, and have your own climbing gear (e.g. harness or helmet), you may of course bring it.

Can I rent boots?
Possibly. We managed to offer that last year, we'll see if we can do it this year as well. If so, it will cost aprox 150 kr, and you will have to tell us beforehand. If you're interested in this, contact us.

How will the weather be?
Either sun, clear sky and a decent temperature, or snow and chilly winds. Or something in between... We're going to the mountains, so ignore the weather forecast and be prepared for everything :)