Bjørnastighornet and Eggja, Aug 12 2017

Nice round trip in the Liadal mountains

Peaks visited:

Peak Height PF Location
Bjørnastighornet 940m 92m Ørsta, Norway
Eggja 990m 80m Ørsta, Norway
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On the way to Bjørnastighornet, with Liadalsnipa in the background

It had been a while since my last visit to Bjørnastighornet. Normally, when I’m in that area, it’s Liadalsnipa that’s on the agenda. But today, I would just settle for a nice round trip hike across Bjørnastighornet and Eggja. In any case, I don’t want to take Karma up to Liadalsnipa. The normal route is spooky enough for humans…

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Our route from and to Halse

We started out from Halse and followed the path up to lake Nakkevatnet. Liadalsnipa looked very tempting and I was thinking about how I could get Karma past the Liadalsnipa crux, should I try one day. But I did not see any other option than dragging her up in a rope. That would probably have worked well. But down would be a different story…

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Liadalsnipa. The normal route goes straight up here.

From Nakkevatnet, we followed the path up to the ridge and sat course (off-trail) for Bjørnastighornet’s west ridge. It had been so long since I was up here that I didn’t remember how it looked like.

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Lake Nakkevatnet and Eggja to the left.

After a short ridge walk, we reached the top and enjoyed the views for a little while before moving on.

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On top of Bjørnastighornet

We descended directly down from the summit. The mountain side is somewhat steep but it was not difficult to find an easy route.

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The ridge towards Eggja

We ascended Eggja via the south ridge and I decided to follow the ridge in the direction of Hyningane, because I couldn’t remember what the terrain looked like. I had no expectation about reaching Hyningane, but it was just nice to be out walking.

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Towards Hyningane. Does NOT look promising…

Sure enough, the ridge ended in a nasty drop and the ridge on the other side looked quite ugly. But I found that if I really wanted to reach Hyningane this way, I could descend from the ridge, into Svenskedalen (there seemed to be only one place where this could be done in a safe manner), and then ascend Hyningane via the west ridge.

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End of the road…

On some maps, Hyningane (1018m) is called Stabben. This is wrong. Stabben is a hump directly east of the point where the ridge makes the sudden drop.

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The real Stabben – in center

So we returned to Eggja and descended the same way I skied down in 2016.

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Back on Eggja. Time to descend…

We were back at the trailhead 2,5 hours after leaving, after a 9,2km round trip – 980 vertical meters. A beautiful hike, it was!

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