Syskarnipa, Sep 19 2016

A forgettable hike…

Peaks visited:

Peak Height PF Municipality Location
Syskarnipa 1282m 132m Jølster / Førde GPX
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Ålhusdalen valley

Another Monday drive from Sogndal back home to Sunnmøre, and still enough daylight for a hike along the way. I drove down to Ålhus and took the Øvrebø exit. I drove to the point where the road turns back on the other side of the river, and followed the forest road (toll road) as far as I could drive.

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On foot, heading for the forest straight ahead.

Then I followed the tractor road up to Kleppa, where I could see the Ålhusdalen valley ahead of me (top picture). A deep sigh rushed through my body, as the valley seemed longer and more cumbersome than I had pictured it to be, from the maps.

But it was just a matter of getting on with it. Here and there, I was able to follow a vague path, but overall, it was an off-trail hike. After 2km, I could start ascending – without a plan, as I didn’t know exactly where the summit was.

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Aiming for the ridge to the left

I could see a lot of snow higher up, which wasn’t good news, as the snow would surely be hard and I hadn’t brought crampons or an ice-axe. On my hike up, I found two sharp rocks that would serve as ice-axe replacement.

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Snow ahead. Sølvet up to the left.

I took the leftmost ridge up, and at 1000m, I knew where the summit was and adjusted my course. When I reached the snow, it wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be, and didn’t need the sharp rocks. Still, I kept them, in case I would descend along a different route.

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Towards the summit

But when we (Karma and I ) reached the top (6pm – 1h:45m after heading out), I could see rain and fog moving in, and any idea about a different descent route was effectively cancelled.

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At the summit, bad weather moving in…

We took, more or less, the same route down. I really wanted to descend across Sølvet and Trollet (cool names!) and take a steep descent route down to Brekka. But there wasn’t enough daylight left to deal with any sort of problems. And even if I *might* have taken the chance, the fog and the rain made me quickly abandon the idea.

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View towards Jølstravatnet

The hike back was just as long as the hike in. I know – that’s not sensational news, but by that I mean that it wasn’t exactly a sensational hike. I know I will quickly forget this hike, and if I ever need to recall, well.. then I have this trip report.

We returned to the car 7:25pm, and I was glad I didn’t go on an exploration mission along the southeast ridge. The upside was that the rain and fog didn’t amount to much, and I returned to car fairly dry. But the drive back to Sunnmøre – in the dark – was long!

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The route

Pictures from the trip: 

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