Sætredalsfjellet, Sep 10 2017

Back again, one week later

Peaks visited:

Peak Height PF Location
Sætredalsfjellet Sør 1482m 152m Stranda
Sætredalsfjellet 1526m 856m Stranda
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Sætredalsfjellet – main summit

 

One week after visiting the neighbor peak Fivelstadnibba, I was back in Nibbedalen. This time to visit the two peaks on the Sætredalsfjellet massif, together with Karma.

On my Fivelstadnibba hike, I had seen a route up Sætredalsfjellet that didn’t seem to offer any problems. I planned to do the south top first, then the main top and then I would decide if I were to continue on the ridge, northbound, or go back the same way.

I left my car 11:30am and kept a good pace up the forest. I passed a family on their way to the local viewpoint at 650m, and they told me that my planned route was a good one.

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My route, up and down Sætredalsfjellet

The mountain side above Sætredalen is steep, and concluded that skiing here can only be done in absolute safe conditions.

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Steep ascent from Sætredalen

I had a good view towards Sætredalen and Fivelstadnibba. I realized that I was quite fortunate with my descent route one week ago. I could easily have run into problems with slabs and cliffs.

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Sætredalen and Fivelstadnibba

When I got on the ridge, I was in for a surprise. The south top didn’t look straightforward at all! Having said that, it seemed that I could stay east of the north ridge and find easier terrain before reaching the east ridge.

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Hmm… interesting…

But getting my dog up here seemed like a fun challenge, so I decided to try my luck on the north ridge. Heading straight on seemed a bit too challenging, so I stayed slightly to the east before traversing up to the center of the north ridge. It wasn’t very hard to find a good route, but memorizing for the descent was tougher…

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On the north ridge. Hard to memorize the route.

Just as I thought I was up, there was one more hill to go. This one was of the more gentle sort…

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The south summit ahead

The time was 1:20pm when we reached the top of the south top.

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On the south top

The views were just great and I had a good view towards the main top. I was somewhat fed up with boulder by now, and the thought of following the ridge northbound was quickly dropped.

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The main summit seen from the south top

We retraced our steps down the north ridge and continued up the ridge to the main summit.

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View down to Hellesylt

We reached the high point at 2:07pm. Finally here! This top had been on my to-do list for years and years.

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On the south top

It was pretty much the same views as I had from Fivelstadnibba, with the exception of Synnylvsmoldskreddalen;

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Synnylvsmoldskreddalen

After a short stay on top, we headed down the same ridge we came up, but didn’t go across point 1440m. The descent down the long mountain side was a bit cumbersome, and I actually missed the boulder.

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Nice colors!

We returned to the car 3:20pm, less than 4 hours after leaving it. The vertical gain was 1400m and the total distance was 9,7km. All in all a great hike!

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