Videseter, July 13-15 2018

A very memorable weekend on Strynefjellet

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The good life on Strynefjellet

Peaks visited:

Peak Height PF Location
Breiddalseggi 1635m 485m Skjåk, Norway
Stavbrekknovi 1614m 44m Skjåk/ Stranda, Norway
Søre Stavbrekknovi 1552m 62m Skjåk, Norway
Oppljosegga 1571m 361m Skjåk/ Stranda/ Stryn, Norway
Djupvassegga 1546m 196m Stranda, Norway

Videseter, July 13

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Videseter

Friday; Videseter is a hotel located along the Gamle Strynefjellsveien road (closed in winter). Further up the road lies Stryn Sommerski center, at the foot of Tystigbreen glacier. I’ve never been up this road before and when Anne suggested that we could spend the weekend here, I was extremely positive about the idea. Not that I reckoned we would go skiing in mid-July, but there were definitely some interesting mountains in this region.

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Videseter – the tiny white dot between the two peaks

I met Anne at Videseter on Friday afternoon. We checked in, took a look at the dramatic waterfall next to the hotel, enjoyed dinner and looked forward to nice weekend in the nearby mountains.

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The waterfall by Videseter

There was absolutely no wow-factor about the room, but the hotel itself was quite nice, with lots of history.

Pictures from Friday:

Breiddalseggi (1635m), July 14 2018

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Breiddalseggi – Stavbrekknovi massif, seen from Oppljosegga

Saturday; Videseter was completely wrapped in fog, but we had high hopes that we would find sunshine on Strynefjellet. And if we did, then we would go for a hike on Breiddalseggi.

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Not a GREAT start to the day…

To our delight, the weather on Strynefjellet was just gorgeous!

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That’s more like it!

The initial plan was just Breiddalseggi, but I had a secret hope that Anne would get energy from the beautiful terrain and come along for a round trip hike across Stavbrekknovi and Søre Stavbrekknovi. I decided to hold back this proposal until we had gained some altitude.

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Testing the grip…

There were no paths, but the terrain was easy enough for off-trail hiking and the goal got gradually closer.

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Breiddalseggi ahead

This was clearly a good year for the Ptarmigans, and we saw plenty of them…

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Always a nice sight…

We finally reached snow, and inspired by Karma’s excitement whenever she gets a chance to take a good roll, we gave it a try ourselves…

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Karma is not impressed…

We reached the top of Breiddalseggi 1h:07m after heading out. Very nice to be up here!

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On Breiddalseggi with Stavbrekknovi to the right.

The snowy white Stryn mountains were quite a sight…

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One day, I’ll have been on all of them…

By now, Anne had agreed to the round trip and we sat course for Stavbrekknovi, which is quite an amusing name. Freely translated, it would be something like “Pole breaking peak“.

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On our way to Stavbrekknovi

Along the way, we tried to have as much fun as possible…

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Go, girl!

1h:05m after leaving Breiddalseggi, we arrived on the top of Stavbrekknovi. We actually had to use our hands to get to the top rock…

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On top of Stavbrekknovi

The views were not bad from this top, either…

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View from Stavbrekknovi

After a short stay, we continued to the unnamed top 1552m south of Stavbrekknovi, which peakbook.org refers to as Søre Stavbrekknovi.

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On our way to Søre Stavbrekknovi

We got there in less than half an hour, with fun terrain along the way.

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Karma below Søre Stavbrekknovi

From Søre Stavbrekknovi, we went north until we found a snow field that we had set our eyes on upon ascent – from the other side of Nordre Kupa (the valley). The descent went fine, but we had to cross the river and slippery slabs. There was basically just one point which seemed to offer a fairly safe crossing, and soon after, we were on the “good” side of the river.

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Descending into Nordre Kupa

Down in the valley, Anne wanted to test the cold water. I followed – somewhat unwillingly, but I don’t want to be the chicken…

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A brave (and screaming) girl…

Further down in Nordre Kupa, we crossed the river numerous times, having a hard time deciding which would be the best side to be on.

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Wow! Attagirl!

Eventually, we reached the trailhead and concluded that we have had a mighty nice round trip hike!

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The trailhead

Before returning to Videseter, we drove up to Stryn Sommerski to see if there was skiing terrain. We concluded there wasn’t…

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Skiing season on Stryn Sommerski is over…

We then returned to the hotel and enjoyed the valley view before going to dinner…

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Building appetite…

Trip statistics: 12,3km, 860 vertical meters, 6 hours

Pictures from the hike:

Oppljosegga (1571m), Djupvassegga (1546m), July 15 2018

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Oppljosegga, seen on the way to Djupvassegga

Sunday, and the weather wasn’t as gorgeous as the day before. We decided to continue where we “left off” the day before and nominated Oppljosegga as our target. This top is one of the very few tops in Norway that is on the border of 3 counties; Møre og Romsdal, Sogn og Fjordane and Oppland. Definitely a must-do hike!

My secret plan was to include Djupvassegga upon descent, but I waited a while to mention the idea to Anne. For her, Oppljosegga was more than enough to handle, with her unstable energy level. It’s really sad. This hike would have been a walk in the park for her, 3 years ago.

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The route – as it turned out

After checking out from Videseter, we drove up to the foot of Grasdalen valley and parked there. We joined a couple who were heading for a cabin by Grasdalsvatnet.

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Heading into Grasdalen

We parted after a while and Anne and I aimed for a distinct ridge that would take us up to the high ridge.

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Towards Oppljosegga

The ascent was hard for Anne, but as the summit got closer, it seemed that her energy level was boosting.

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Almost on top of Oppljosegga. Djupvassegga in the background.

We reached the top 1h:40m after heading out. I had planned the group picture on top during the ascent…

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Way to celebrate…

After a good rest on top, Anne agreed to go for a round trip hike across Djupvassegga. It would be a mere 200 vertical meter ascent, in addition to the horizontal distance.

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Towards Djupvassegga

It took us a little more than one hour to get to the top of Djupvassegga. I was quite happy, as I now only had 9 peaks to go before reaching my annual goal of 100 new peaks (with a prominence of 100m or more). Given the fact that we were in the middle of July, it seemed like a stood a pretty good chance of meeting my goal…

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On top of Djupvassegga

We took a break by a viewpoint cairn west of the summit and could enjoy some amazing views…

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Looking straight into the Tafjord peaks

The descent from Djupvassegga was much steeper than it seemed on the map, and if it hadn’t been for small cairns, this could have been a tedious affair. I was quite happy when we could conclude that the steep part was behind us.

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That was quite steep…

We continued down to lake Grasdalsvatnet and minded the time. It was 2pm, we had 3km to go and a 2 hour drive back to my place on Sunnmøre. The final in the world cup soccer final started 5pm and we both really wanted to see it. Anne was really tired, but pushed as hard as she could.

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Pushing hard along the lake

The time was 2:51pm when we returned to the car, and we arrived back home 10 minutes before the final started. We didn’t get the result we hoped for, but congratulations to France – clearly being the best team of the match!

Trip statistics: 12,2km, 930 vertical meters, 5 hours

Pictures from the hike:

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