2018 Week 19

Afternoon hikes

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Karma get her summit reward

Peaks visited:

Peaks visited:

Peak Height PF Location WCP
Blåtind 697m 697m Ulstein, Norway WCP
Urfjellet 839m 145m Haram, Norway WCP
Melshornet 807m 564m Ørsta, Norway WCP
Hesteggi 907m 149m Sogndal, Norway

 

BLÅTIND, MAY 7 2018

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The route

Monday; today I decided to hike Blåtind (Hareidlandet island high point) via Svenskeveien – a seldom used route. From the parking at Gjerdet, one follows a path along the fjord for 1,9km until the path turns northwest and switchbacks steeply 1,1km up to Eiksundsætra. This path has recently been marked better and now most people should be able to find their way.

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Karma at Eiksundsætra

At Eiksundsætra, I decided to go for a new (off-trail) route up to Blåtind, which was steep but didn’t offer any difficulties. There was still some snow left near the summit area, but it wasn’t rotten.

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Karma on Blåtind

Upon descent, I went across Grøthornet and took a very seldom used route down to Øygarden – very close to Gjerdet. Nice weather, nice hike!

The trip: 6,7km 870 vertical meters.

Pictures from the trip:

URFJELLET, MAY 8 2018

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On top of Urfjellet

Tuesday; Ålesund day, and after work I decided to visit Urfjellet in Haram – another mountain that I hadn’t been to in at least 10 years. I chose Slyngstad as the trailhead. I had done this route before, but didn’t remember anything from it, hence the choice.

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The route

After 0,4km along the road to lake Slyngstadvatnet, we arrived at the trailhead and parking. From here, we followed a tractor road up Remefjellet, until we came to the signpost that pointed towards Urfjellet.

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Real mountain ascent begins here

I didn’t remember much of the route, so it was a nice revisit. On the way across Remeheia, I met a guy on his way down. “That’s gotta be Karma“, he said and I was taken TOTALLY by surprise. The guy was Ragnar Liaskar, a peakbagger that had gone under my radar. But he seemed to know all my fellow peabagging friends quite well. We had a LONG and nice chat. Ragnar had seen my posts on peakbook.org – The Norwegian website for peakbaggers, and recognized both the dog and the guy always wearing a hat…

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Karma and Ragnar Liaskar

He told me that he was on his way to Grødet, Otrefjellet and Blåskjerdingen, which sounded completely crazy to me. That’s a LOT of vertical meters, even for me…

After saying goodbye to Ragnar, we continued up to the top, which I didn’t remember what it looked like, at all! And I’ve been up here at least 3 times before! After a round of pictures, it was time to get back home. We descended our ascent route and were back at the car approx. 2,5 hours after leaving it.

The trip: 9,8km 750 vertical meters.

Pictures from the trip:

MELSHORNET (ØRSTA/VOLDA), MAY 9 2018

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Karma on Melshornet

Wednesday; today I wanted to try out a new route to Melshornet. I drove to Rystefeltet and headed up the path along Oselva. Normally, I go to Melshornet via Okla, but today I headed to Ossætra and planned a direct approach from there. There was too much snow on the northwest side of Melshornet, and I didn’t have crampons. That’s why I didn’t want to go the Okla route today.

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At Ossætra, aiming for Melshornet

What I didn’t know, was that there is a perfectly good path from Ossætra and up to Dinglavatnet. From Dinglavatnet, I maintained my course – northeast and found a path that runs along the Ørsta/Volda county border. This route was free of snow.

Very happy about this new route, I ascended Melshornet for the 6th time in 2018. This was the first time on foot this year. Upon descent, I chose my regular descent route across Vardehornet and then down back into Osdalen. A beautiful, 2 hour round trip hike.

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The route

The trip: 8,1km 715 vertical meters.

Pictures from the trip:

MAY 10 2018

On my way to Sogndal, bagging 3 tops in Naustdal and 1 in Flora. See separate trip report.

HESTEGGI,  MAY 11 2018

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Sogndal seen from Hesteggi

Friday; after working from my 2nd home office (Anne’s apartment in Sogndal), I decided to pay Hesteggi a visit. I hadn’t been up there in 2018 and it was high time. I took the normal route from Tjørnes and had to deal with some snow above Loftesnesfjellet.

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Hurrungane peaks, seen from Hesteggi

But upon return, I decided to descend to the north until I met the tractor road on Barsnesfjellet. It was NOT a fun descent. Way too much snow! But when we finally reached the tractor road, we had a nice walk down the mountain.

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The route

The trip: 8,1km 715 vertical meters.

Pictures from the trip:

STOREBJØRN,  MAY 12 2018

Definitely one the best trips in 2018. See separate trip report.

MAY 13 2018

Taking the long way home to Sunnmøre. Visiting 1 top in Førde and 2 tops in Naustdal. See separate trip report.

 

 

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