Ursfjellet (Vasstrandegga), Apr 6 2016

Just before the rain sat in…

Peaks visited:

Peak Height PF Municipality Loc. Link
Ursfjellet 563m 213m Ålesund/ Skodje Map WCP
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Ursfjellet/Vasstrandegga seen from Liafjellet (2008)

On Wednesdays, I work in Ålesund. So it’s natural to visit the mountains in this region after work. Today’s target was Ursfjellet – also known as Vasstrandegga. Or Vasstrandfjellet, depending on which map you look at. On one map, this top is also called Hundsfjellet.

I had pictured a nice and easy hike from Brusdalsvatnet, along Fjellvegen road up to Langevatnet and then along the mountain path up to the high point. I didn’t expect much snow, but MAN – was I wrong. I had only hiked for 5 minutes before I ran into snow on the road to Langevatnet.

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Very disappointing. Should have brought skis!

So the ascent got far more strenuous than I had anticipated. Fortunately, I had brought gaiters. But when I startet my ascent up from Langevatnet, there was much less snow – simply because there wasn’t a forest to block for the sun.

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The high point is seen in the distance

The route from the parking and to the top is 4,5km. Today, those kilometeres were hard and I was very determined NOT to return the same way. No matter where I ended up.

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Summit panorama

The odd thing about this summit is that belongs to Skodje (municipality), while the ÅlesundSkodje border runs 80 meters to the west. So if I am not mistaken, Ålesund is the only municipality in Møre og Romsdal county where the high point is not a mountain top.

Anyway, I had to figure out a new route for descent. I hiked over to Gråsteinsegga (548m) and looked for a route down the forest. I saw snow everywhere, but as it was somewhat steep down the forest, it wouldn’t be too cumbersome. I assumed I would end up somewhere near the end of the old road (closed to cars) down by Brusdalsvatnet.

The descent was much easier than I had feared. As soon as I had crossed the first snow fields, there was hardly any snow left in the forest.

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A good descent

Once I got down to the old road, I had easy an 1,4km walk back to the car. Karma enjoyed herself every step of the way – either rolling in the snow or looking for deer in the forest.

Just when we reached the car, it started to rain – as promised by the forecast.

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Today’s route

Trip Statistics: 8,6km, 590 vertical meters, 2 hours

Pictures from the hike:

 

 

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