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Storen is considered a very challenging winter climb, with a long approach and a vertical ice climb to the top.
To climb it, you need to be a skilled skier and winter climber and know how to move on glacier terrain.
Because the climb is a vertical wall, you want a team that you know and trust, and you need to be honest about the limits of your own skills.
For our winter attempt, we had a crew of strong skiers with extensive training in snow safety, including a local mountain guide.
Climbing it in the winter requires a clear weather window over multiple days, so there are not many days in a year where it's safe. However, due to high avalanche risk we decided to take an decided to summit the mountain next to Storen.
The new route on the new mountain was reasonably straightforward, ending with a long traverse where we used crampons and an ice axe.
The snow was cold and frozen at the beginning of the day, perfect for ski touring, and it turned to slush by afternoon.
Once we reached the top, the sun started going down just as we put on our skis.