Mannen, July 10 2016

Evening the score…

Peaks visited:

Peak Height PF Municipality Location
Mannen (Høgehornet) 1133m 323m Ørsta GPX
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Back again. With a vengeance.

On Aug 4 2010, I hiked Kjerringa (1130m) from Romedalen – one of the many characteristic peaks on the mountain ridge between Langedalen and Romedalen. From Kjerringa, I descended into the basin below the peak and headed towards the neighbor peak Mannen. The name on the map is Høgehornet, but as there is another peak on the same ridge with the same name, I prefer to use Mannen to avoid any misunderstanding. And in case you are still in doubt – no this is not Mannen in Romsdalen.

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Mannen

I had read that a rope is needed to get to the top of Mannen. But I had also heard from friends that the scrambling wasn’t very hard. These mixed messages didn’t come as a surprise. Sunnmøre has many mountains where people can have very different experiences at the same places.

After scrambling across part of the narrow southeast ridge, my further ascent up to the summit came to a sudden halt when I came to the 15m cliff (can’t say exactly), rising steeply up in front of me.
I didn’t give up without a fight. I scrambled halfway up the cliff (ref. the below picture) but gave up when I didn’t see a clear route above me. I promised to come back, though. And almost 6 years later I delivered on my own promise.
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My turnaround point in 2010

On July 10 2016, I returned with my friend Terje Øvrebø. Like I did in 2010, we started out from Årsetersætra in Romedalen and followed a vague forest path on the east side of the river Tveråna. At approx. 400m, we descended from the forest ridge, crossed the river and went off-trail when a visible path was not to be seen. As long as we stayed clear of the most intense bush, we were OK.

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Crossing the river Tverråna

Up in the basin below Kjerringa, we turned north and headed for Mannen’s southeast ridge. We had to go over a hump before getting to the critical point, and my heart was once again skipping some beats when I saw the cliff where I had turned around 6 years ago. But this time, I had both gear (although a very limited selection, as I didn’t think we would need it) and a mate. And that makes the whole difference.

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Passng over a “hump” before it gets steep

The cliff still made me uncomfortable, so I had to scramble up and down a little to get acclimatized. And a few minutes later, we could get going.

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On my way…
Terje belayed me while I climbed / scrambled (all depending on how you experience this) up the first part of the cliff. I used a cam early on and a sling on top of the first section. I had only brought a 25m rope and it didn’t seem it would be enough for the whole pitch, so I told Terje to come up to me. He wasn’t able to get the cam out and neither did I upon the descent. It sucks to lose such an expensive device, but being a novice with climbing gear, it’s tolerable. The only way to learn is to practice…
We had two choices; we could climb up to the left, or go right towards a ledge and climb up from there. We chose to go left. I didn’t find any places for running belays so I had to climb to the top and belay Terje.
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Our routes up and down the cliff. The left route is the ascent route.

The rest of the route to the summit was easy and we reached the summit cairn at 1:36pm– 3 hours after leaving the car. Fumbling time included. The celebration was somber. We still had to descend this mountain and moreover, rain was moving in. It was just a matter of time before this would be a wet mountain.

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View from Mannen

We went back down to the top of the cliff and agreed that we should climb / scramble back down. But this time we climbed down to the ledge, and not the way we came up in the upper section. Terje belayed me and climbing was easy once I figured out the sequence of arm and leg movements.

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Where we climbed down to the ledge. It’s an unforgiving place…

As someone had left a nut with a carabiner where we climbed down, we chose to run the rope through it and I belayed Terje from below. We didn’t expect that Terje would slip and if he did, it would be an arrest (opposed to a fall) that we both felt the nut would handle. We were very comfortable doing it this way.

 We agreed to repeat the procedure for the climb down to the ridge, and this time I sacrificed a sling.
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Terje climbs down the lower part of the cliff

Back on the ridge, we were both VERY happy about the climb and now it was time to make up the status. Was the rope required?  Or were we just chickens?

Well, now that we’ve been up here, we can both do this route without a rope another time. But I would not recommend anyone to go up here without it unless they are climbers or real hard-headed scramblers.
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On top of the steep pitch. Airy indeed!

The rain finally reached us when we started to pack our gear. It was still a long and steep descent to the car, but that didn’t matter one bit. My list of “unfinished business” had just become a little shorter.

 Many thanks to Terje for GOOD company! I look forward to visit airy terrain with him again
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Or route from Romedalen

Pictures from the trip: 

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