In the outskirts of Dalegubben
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.
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.
Above the forest, we had a surreal landscape ahead of us…
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…
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.
Everywhere I turned my head, there was something to see. Either it was a helicopter …
… or it was fantastic landscapes…
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.
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.
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.
I spent a few minutes on top, enjoying the mighty views.
The light, combined with the haze made some peaks look extremely unfriendly…
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…
Trip statistics: 7,8km, 1280 vertical meters, 3h:25mins
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