A nice revisit
It was an epic summer, in terms of nice weather. I really, really should have spent the afternoons painting the house, but the mountains were just too inviting.
After work this Wednesday afternoon, I drove to Ørsta to revisit Hyningane above Liadalsdalen. It’s a fairly easy to top reach, as you can drive up to Halse and then some – and park at 250m elevation. My last visit was in May 2009. High time for a revisit!
From the parking, we followed the path up to the easternmost cabins for 0,5km before going off-trail in the direction of the top. Eventually, this route took us into the Svenskedalen valley.
It was a hot day, and Karma was frequently down by the river to satisfy her thirst. At one point, I crossed the river two meters to her right and all of a sudden – an eagle flew between us. As there was little room, the eagle flew sideways! This took me completely by surprise, and by the time I had my camera ready, the eagle was long gone. I guess I will never know what actually happened, but it is reasonable to assume that the eagle was on the ground and that we came as a surprise to it. The only option for proper lift-off and escape was downhill – right between us.
The main purpose for visiting Hyningane today, was that I wanted to take a look at the ridge between Eggja and Hyningane.
The ridge is too rugged to hike all the way, but I was looking for a place where you could get off the ridge and still reach Hyningane – giving an option for a round trip hike that includes both Eggja and Hyningane. I found the place and look forward to come back…
The final hill was tough on Karma, but we eventually reached the top 1h:08m after heading out.
The Sunnmørsalpane mountain range was a mighty sight, as always…
I decided to take a look at the ridge towards Eggja, well knowing it would end in a sudden drop. But how far could I get? I left Karma behind and asked her to stay put.
The ridge turned a bit nasty and as fun as it would have been to taken on this rugged ridge with loose rocks, I didn’t want to get into a situation where I fell off the mountain with the dog remaining on top…
I returned to Karma and we got off the mountain. We took a different route back to Svenskedalen, where we picked up our tracks and returned to the car.
Trip statistics: 6,3km, 820 vertical meters, 2 hours
See also: Bjørnastighornet and Eggja
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