A wet and airy walk with the dog…
The purpose of this trip was solely to become acquainted with Raudfonndalstindane – a small group of peaks on the mountain ridge between Langedalen and Romedalen. The group consists of Søre, Midtre and Nordre Raudfonndalstind. These tops are found between Sveddalstinden and Høgehornet/Mannen. As I chose to bring my dog Karma along, I had no plans to make it up to any of the 3 Raudfonndalstindane peaks. This was purely a research mission. Besides, the forecast promised rain…
From Ørsta, I took the toll road to Vallasætra and followed the path on the west side of the river. I had been to many peaks in this area, but I had never walked up Langedalen.
After 3,5km, I crossed the river and began my ascent towards the pass between Midtre and Søre Raudfonndalstind. This is an uncomplicated ascent, even on slippery grass and rock.
I topped out on the ridge at approx. 920m. Fog was sweeping across the tops, but now and then I got a good look at the tops surrounding me. Søre Raudfonndalstind looked steep, but seemingly doable without a rope. Yet, I didn’t know if I was looking at the actual summit. There are 3 tops up there and I didn’t know which one was the highest.
One thing was for sure, Søre Raudfonndalstind was not dog terrain, so I continued in the direction of Midtre Raudfonndalstind. We followed a narrow ridge, which in places was jusr wide enough to get the dog across.
In order to get into the saddle, I had to go back a few meters where I could scramble safely into the saddle. The route up was unproblematic, although a bit airy near the summit. And finally, I was on top of one of the Raudfonndalstindane peaks. I didn’t know at the time that I would stand on the exact spot 12 days later, but that’s another story and a different blog post.
The idea was, as mentioned earlier, to do some research. But just as I began my ascent, it started to rain, and it rained HARD. My extra clothing was in the backpack, which I left with Karma – to let her know that I was coming back. At one point, I thought it was snowing. It was raining horizontally, and I got super-cold!
I was back at Mosætra 3:38pm- 3h:38m after leaving it. I felt really good about having been up there, and felt that a revisit to these mountains wasn’t too far away in time. And that feeling turned out to be very true…
Pictures from the trip: