The making of the muskoxen images: Camp 2, Dovrefjell National Park, Norway.
I joined my friend and fellow photographer Niels Kooijman on a 13 day winter camping trip to photograph muskoxen in Dovrefjell National Park, Norway. Niels has been doing this type of trip for several winters already and I benefited from his knowledge, experience, and some of the group gear he has accumulated over the years. We used sleds and snowshoes to transport ourselves and our gear in the area. As it was late in the winter season some of the snow had a hard icy crust. The muskoxen were on steep windswept slopes which meant we had to navigate pretty steep slopes with hard icy snow to get there. This requires an aggressive snowshoe with teeth around the entire frame rather than snowshoes that only have teeth under your boots. The MSR lightning ascent is a very suitable snowshoe for these conditions. Our tent was a Hilleberg Saivo; suitable for extreme winter camping conditions.
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The image below shows Niels pulling his Fjellpulken sled towards camp 2.
The image below shows Camp 2. It was below -20 °C (-4 °F) that night.