On the Sunnmøre – Nordfjord watershed
|Steindalsegga||1366m||105m||Stryn/ Hornindal, Norway|
|Botneskrednibba||1290m||80m||Stryn/ Hornindal, Norway|
In the Rokkekjerringa trip report, I wrote that I had completed the project of visiting all primary tops on both sides of Honndalen valley. That was only partly true. On my list of primary tops (primary factor >= 100m), Steindalsegga (1366m) didn’t quite make it. Based on the map contours. But it was registered as a primary top on peakbook.org – the website for Norwegian peakbaggers, so I figured I ought to visit and do some GPS measurements of my own.
Karma and I headed out from Bøasætra near Stryn skiing centre. The same place from where I started where I hiked Kyrkjenibba in May.
We passed the “Kyrkjenibba 11km” signpost, which is hilarious, given that the distance is only 5,1km. And no, these signposts should *not* give the distance back and forth. Someone have had a bad GPS day. And Bubergskaret pass was only 1,6km away, not 3km.
The weather was not great, but I hoped to get as far as I possibly could, before it started to rain…
When we reached Bubergskaret, there was a WHOLE lot less snow than in May. I considered hiking directly towards Steindalsegga (left) in the below picture, but figured that a summer revisit to Kyrkjenibba could be in order…
This hike was much easier in summer..
We reached the top of Kyrkjenibba 1h:40m after heading out. I expected it to start raining any minute, but so far, we were in the clear. Just…
There was a whole lot of weather going on, but not exactly here…
Then we moved on towards Steindalsegga…
When we reached the top of Steindalsegga, my GPS readings told me that the primary factor *could be* 105-106m, which meant that the top most certainly could belong on the list of Norwegian peaks with a primary factor >= 100m
So where to go from here? Should we head back down or also visit Botneskrednibba – that I hadn’t been to yet? It wasn’t a “primary top”, but why not…
The descent into Seljeskaret pass went fine. No complications.
The ascent to Botneskrednibba *could* have become complicated, had I made some bad choices along the way. But we made it to the top without any problems.
Next, I considered returning to the trailhead via Natakupa, but first we had to get off Botnaskrednibba. The terrain called for route finding, but we made it into saddle without any issues.
However, I didn’t like the upper terraces on Natakupa. The rock was slippery wet and I felt we had a challenge ahead of us. Well, I wasn’t really worried about myself, but I didn’t want to be in awkward terrain with Karma. I just wanted to get off the ridge and onto Natakupa’s south ridge. That was easier said than done.
But after some route finding, we got off the ridge and looking back, it wasn’t obvious that we would…
But now we were in easier terrain and then it started to rain.
It rained until we got completely off the mountain, and then it was a nice day again. And *now* I had completed my Honndalen project for sure.
Trip statistics: 15,5km, 1500 vertical meters, 4h:25m
Pictures from the hike: