Today is the first day of my Norwegian snow shoe expedition. I have been joined by Paul, Mick, Martin, Stu, David, Ian, Julian and Ed who have all done Scottish winter skills courses with me and we are planning a route on the Hardangervidda Plateau. Today was spent under blue skies and sunshine enjoying the fresh powder and getting used to the snow shoes. We did a tour to the local summit of Bergstaulnuten (1132m) and then prepared for our expedition by practising erecting the tents in deep snow utilising birch branches as tent pegs and checking the stoves we had borrowed. A stunning day under blue skies, temperatures of -15c and fresh mountain air.