Litledalshornet, July 3 2018

In the outskirts of Dalegubben

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Litledalshornet in center

Peaks visited:

Peak Height PF Location
Litledalshornet 1312m 52m Ørsta, Norway

Dalegubben is a prominent peak in the Sunnmørsalpane mountain range, and has some cool satellite tops – like Lynghalstinden, Holmshornet and Litledalshornet.

I didn’t know much about Litledalshornet, but based on the little I had heard, it should be fully possible for me and Karma to reach the top. That’s all I need to give it a go.

I look forward to see Litledalen (also known as Aklestaddalen, I believe). I had heard it is beautiful and now was the time to find out. Close to Sæbø, I took the Holebrauta exit, then turned right and drove up to Heimste-Holen. The road looked closed (electrical fence across the road) but a local woman said I could drive up to the barn.

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Litledalshornet (left) seen from Bondalsvegen road

From the barn, we (Karma and I) followed a tractor road upwards, passed another sheep fence and got on the forest path. Karma was not in shape. I thought it was because of the warm weather. But after throwing up, she seemed better.

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Hmmm…

Above the forest, we had a surreal landscape ahead of us…

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Oh my! This is gorgeous!

Just after passing Holkonvatnet, we left the path (which continues to the Høgreset pass and descends into Nøvedalen) and headed towards Litledalshornet. It seemed that we had a STEEP ascent ahead of us…

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Towards the ridge…

Instead of aiming for where the south ridge begins, we headed straight up the mountain. It was a tough ascent for both of us. But eventually, we made it up to the ridge.

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I know what you mean…

Everywhere I turned my head, there was something to see. Either it was a helicopter

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Helicopter with Kolåstinden in the background

… or it was fantastic landscapes…

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The village Sæbø and Hjørundfjorden

First, we came to a big cairn and a mailbox. I guess most people turn around here. But this was clearly not the high point, so we continued up the ridge. 120m to the north, we came to another cairn, which I thought was the high point. But then I noticed yet another higher point 60m further north. When I got there, I didn’t take Karma to the rock on top, as that was WAY too exposed for her.

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What I thought was the true high point (above Karma)
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View from the rock on the previous picture

Then, to my despair, I could see another point further north that could possibly be ~1-2m higher, but I could not get the dog over there. The 1312m point on Peakbook.org is most likely that point, and I guess I was around 100m south of it.

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Hmm… possibly higher over there

Very annoying, but I was definitely ready to claim ascent of Litledalshornet, and I’ll come back another day and climb the west ridge from Høgreset. That looks like a whole lot of fun.

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The west ridge, up from Høgreset

I spent a few minutes on top, enjoying the mighty views.

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View from Litledalshornet, towards Hjørundfjorden

The light, combined with the haze made some peaks look extremely unfriendly

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Blåtindane (background)

It was time to get back home. After all this was a post-work hike, and I needed dinner. We took the same route down and got a spectacular light along the way…

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A fantastic end to a fantastic hike!

Trip statistics: 7,8km, 1280 vertical meters, 3h:25mins

Pictures from the hike:

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