Just before the rain sat in…
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.
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.
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.
The odd thing about this summit is that belongs to Skodje (municipality), while the Ålesund – Skodje 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.
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.
Trip Statistics: 8,6km, 590 vertical meters, 2 hours
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