Norway has a lot of hydro power stations and usually a lot of rain and snow to fill the reservoirs that drives the turbines, creating cheap electricity for the consumers and for export to the rest of Europe.
This year has not been a normal year, however. The South and East of Norway has been dry, with little snow in the mountains, causing the reservoirs to be at a very low level:
Little precipitation and little snow in the mountains means that the water level in Dokkfløydammen in Nordre Land is very low.
Photo: Ørn E. Borgen / NTB Photo
Consequently the price to consumers where up to NOK 2.80 per kwh
At the same time, due to large snowfall in the winter:
From FB Group “Old pictures from Ålesund” by Arve Tore Flem
PS> Ålesund was known as “Little London” during WWII due to the traffic of people to Shetland, with weapons, communication equipment, operators and saboteres on the return voyages.
Here is one of the fishing boats that was used for this purpose:
1945. Then there was peace and the Grini prisoners who were deported in 1941 returned to Ålesund with a bang. The city’s music corps met up with a crowd of people to receive the free men. Photo: Magne Flem.
Cruise boat passengers transported down from Nesaksla on special stretchers
An adult woman was transported down from Nesaksla (708 m. asl) on Wednesday by the Rauma Red Cross Aid Corps after sustaining a minor injury. The crews used a wheeled stretcher on the rescue mission.The woman must have fallen or tripped on the stairs between Andersmyra and the summit, and either sprained or broke her ankle. Four volunteer members of the Rauma Red Cross Aid Corps were called to get the patient down from the mountain.
It was considered using a helicopter, but the AMK central decided that it was not necessary because the damage was not considered very serious, says auxiliary corps leader Øystein Valde.
We spent an hour and fifty minutes up and down, so it went quite quickly, said Sivert Hole after the patient had been sent on by ambulance to the hospital in Molde for further examination:
The stretcher used in the rescue operation is specially designed for use in demanding and steep terrain. It has a large bicycle wheel underneath, and is equipped with brakes, and the crews in the auxiliary corps have used it in several demanding operations.
We decided to acquire the stretcher after we had to pick up a person at Puttbua in the heart of Brøstdalen several years ago. We then started to carry the patient down, but soon realized that we were going to wear ourselves out. So then we turned around and went back, and made sure that the patient instead had a comfortable night until he was picked up by helicopter the next day,
The same stretcher has also been used in previous campaigns at Nesaksla.
It is quite steep terrain, also some steep hills. But it went just fine, it’s just a matter of taking it easy, one step at a time. Without the stretcher with wheels, it would have been a much more demanding operation, states the auxiliary corps commander.
A big advantage of using the Red Cross for such simpler rescues is that we are far cheaper than a helicopter, says Øystein Valde with a satisfied smile.
Campaign participant Martin Antonsen was able to take a well-deserved rest on the special stretcher in honor of the photographer, while stretcher drivers Sivert Hole and Øystein Valde demonstrate its use. PHOTOs: KJETIL SVANEMYR
A ski area was using one of these stretchers 60 years ago in New Zealand. Injuries were few as it required a good level of fitness to get to the area. The rope tow was powered by parts from an old tractor carried in by club members and was of the “nut cracker” type.
Yes they are in use on most of our ski slopes. This particular field was accessed by a stiff climb through a forested area below the snow line before you gained access to a ridge where the wind kept it reasonably clear of snow. After about a total of 10km you arrived at the south facing basin with beautiful powder and a rudimentary hut.