2018 Week 11

Afternoon hikes and ski-trips

Sunnmøre alps, seen from Blåtind

Peaks visited:

Peak Height PF Location WCP
Nuken 919m 126m Sogndal, Norway
Otrefjellet 626m 203m Haram, Norway WCP
Storebroren 620m 177m Hareid/Ulstein, Norway WCP
Høgekubben 461m 102m Ålesund, Norway WCP
Rjåhornet 598m 105m Herøy, M&R, Norway WCP
Blåtind 697m 697m Ulstein, Norway

NUKEN, MAR 12 2018

On the way to Nuken

Monday;  wow, what a long day! Started working 4:45am and kept on going until 3pm, when I logged out. I wanted a quick ski-trip before taking on the 3,5 hour drive from Sogndal to home on Gurskøya, and the choice fell on Nuken. Overcast, but nice weather.

I drove up to Åberge (260m) and could (of course) ski directly from the car. It had been snowing half the day, and I was curious about having to break trail or if someone had already been to the top. Breaking trail would mean a seriously hard ascent for Karma. Fortunately, someone HAD already been to the top and Karma only had to seriously struggle in the upper part of the forest.

The descent was not legendary, as I had to wait a lot for Karma. She can run fast, but not in deep snow. The forest road from Hølsete to Åberge could have been fun, if it hadn’t been for the tractor that had been up here earlier in the day.

I was back at the car 5:11pm, and drove back to Anne’s place to change and pick up my gear. I was home by 10pm. A quick dinner, Facebook update and a final walk with Karma before hitting the bed around 11:30pm, setting the alarm for 04:55am…

The trip: 9km, 660 vertical meters.

Pictures from the trip:


Otrefjellet summit view

Tuesday; after working in the Ålesund office, I got in my car, having absolute no idea about where to go for a trip. I had asked my friend Trond for some options, and one of the mountains he mentioned was Otrefjellet above Vatne. He said there were tracks (foot) up the mountain, and hopefully, they would carry Karma’s weight.

I’ve been to Otrefjellet 2-3 times before, but not in 10 years. I did however remember that I never remembered where to drive in order to get to the road to Bakkegjerdet. Today was no exception, and I had to ask some young girls for direction. At first, they gave me the “alert! old man stopping to chat with young girls” look. But they eased up when they understood I was trying to get to a mountain…

Finally at Bakkegjerdet, and I concluded (to my delight) that I could ski from the car. A few minutes earlier, I could have bet money on the opposite. The road to lake Ulvestadvatnet was a transport leg, and I could see the tracks up the mountain from a long distance.

Otrefjellet comes into view

After a while, I got to the place which have led to the “Mt. Horror” subtitle in the below video clip. The “Jaws from hell” is really an astonishing place. Falling into here can lead to serious injure (or worse). It’s not actually the “Jaws” that is the biggest problem, as I can’t imagine there would be so much snow that a first time visitor won’t see that there is something special going on here. But it’s the numerous other holes in the ground that is the true danger. We were fortunate to not fall into anyone, but it was close. And in retrospect, I regret taking the dog up here. But still… FUN!

The trip: 8,2km, 510 vertical meters.

Pictures from the trip:


Karma and some of the Sunnmøre alps

Wednesday; when looking at Ulsteinvik and Hareidlandet island from where I live, skiing is the last word that comes to mind. Unless you plan on carrying the skis up for a long time. But it helps to know the shadow valleys. Ulsteindalen being one of them. Of course, there was no snow at the trailhead (110m), but I only carried the skis for 5 minutes before I could put them on! OK, a bit icy in the beginning, but a few minutes later – proper snow!

From Litlevatnet, I followed old tracks up to and across Sarshornet. The final ascent to Storebroren (Big Brother) included a few zig-zags, as I had to find good snow for Karma. With her socks, she stood little chance against the icy parts.

From the top, we took a different route back to Litlevatnet, crossing lake Mosvatnet along the way. I could only hope that the lake was still properly frozen…

The trip: 10,6km, 530 vertical meters.

Pictures from the trip:


A pretty good view from Høgekubben

Thursday; back in Ålesund, and like Tuesday, I had no idea where to go after work. But as I hadn’t been to Høgekubben yet this year, AND knowing that I could ski almost from the car at Vasstranda, that’s where I decided to go.

It was the 3rd time this year that I skied up from Vasstranda. Karma was very happy, now quite familiar with this road. When we reached lake Langevatnet, I wasn’t sure how to approach Høgekubben – across the other side of the lake. But in the end, I decided to ski around the lake (along the prepared ski track), coming up the ridge from the east.

Halfway across the lake, I changed my mind and decided to cross the lake. There was not a SINGLE track on the entire lake. And given the fact that this is a regulated lake, I was a bit nervous. But I didn’t really feel that spring had come along just yet, and decided to take my chances. The crossing went fine.

Taking our chances…

Karma had a hard ascent from the lake and up to the ridge, where walking got easier. The ridge was longer than I remembered it to be, but on the other hand, I hadn’t been up here in 10 years. The trip along the ridge was just DARN NICE, even though it was a bit windy.

On the ridge. Høgekubben summit to the left

We reached the summit and I started looking down in the valley for prepared ski tracks, and spotted one. Great! Now, we both could get an easier transport back to the Vasstranda road. But first, we had to get off the ridge. I decided to continue along the ridge and a bit later, I could see prepared tracks from Emblemsætra. I took the skins off, and looked forward to 2 minutes with nice off-piste skiing before reaching the track. Then I lost one of the skis. It sailed down the ridge and stopped close to the track. I imagined I still could ski on one ski, and that illusion lasted 5 seconds, before I was buried in deep snow.

Once down on the track, now with both skis, a cross-country skier came up from Emblemssætra, took a look at my equipment and said “wow!”. I felt for explaining that I had been on the track for like … 30 seconds. Nevertheless, a mighty fine ski-trip, altogether.

The trip: 9,1km, 530 vertical meters.

Pictures from the trip:


360 deg. view from Rjåhornet

Friday; there was just enough time after work to shine the house and do a quick hike up and down Rjåhornet before Anne came for a weekend stay. The weather was stunning, and it felt plain wrong to be vacuum cleaning the house instead of going skiing in the Sunnmøre alps. But on the other hand, it’s always nice to welcome one’s sweetheart to a clean home…

The trip: 6,1km, 570 vertical meters.

Pictures from the trip:

BLÅTIND, MAR 17 2018

What a day…

Saturday; another GORGEOUS day, no wind, and of course I had to work. From 7:30am to late in the evening, with a couple of hours free in the afternoon. Those hours were spent hiking Blåtind from Havåg. Anne joined me for a little while, but the plan was that she would find a sunny spot and enjoy life while I hiked Blåtind. I can only hope she can have her knee problem sorted out soon. I miss hiking with my girlfriend.

It was a beautiful hike, even if the snow was a bit deep in places. Karma and I hurried back the same way and now Anne had moved her “base” to a higher place in the forest, still with good views…

The trip: 12km, 780 vertical meters.

Pictures from the trip:


Sunday; see separate trip report








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