2018 Week 34

Afternoon hikes and grand openings

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Good life on Tylderingen, Sogndal

Peaks visited:

Peak Height PF Location WCP
Rjåhornet 598m 105m Herøy, M&R, Norway WCP
Aksla 188m 188m Ålesund, Norway WCP
Myklebusthornet 329m 329m Ålesund, Norway WCP
Tylderingen 1104m 241m Sogndal, Norway WCP
Hønsaholten 695m 52m Sogndal, Norway

Rjåhornet (598m), Aug 20 2018

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Monday: For some reason, the week nowadays seem to begin with Rjåhornet. But OK, it’s not the worst place to spend a Monday afternoon.

Today, I started out from Djupvika and decided to give it a good go up the hill. I clocked in at 33m:38s, which wasn’t horrendously bad, given that I’ve hardly run at all in 2018. But it’s still ages away from 29m:52m, which I did in 2014. Seems that age doesn’t treat me kindly…

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Happy, despite clearly getting older by the year…

On the other hand, it’s just a matter of being wholeheartedly thankful for being able to do this. Live while you can! Tomorrow it might be too late…

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View from Rjåhornet

Trip statistics: 5,8km, 570 vertical meters, 1h:08m

Huldrehornskogen,  Aug 21 2018

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Erling, Elin, Johnny and Hans @ work

Tuesday: Working with the local voluntary group “Turstiprosjektet Myrvåg/Tjørvåg“, deploying “wooden walkways” (in lack of a better word) at the start of the paths to Dyrkyrkja and Huldrehornet. Nice “outing” with Jonny, Elin, Hans and Erling. This makes quite a difference, as the start of these paths are really, really wet after rain.

Pictures from the work:

Aksla (188m), Aug 22 2018

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Ålesund view from Fjellstua on Aksla

Wednesday: Very tired after work in Ålesund. Considered driving straight home, but one look at Karma made me drive up to Kråmyra stadium and take a short walk on Aksla. I then drove home with a somewhat better concience…

Trip statistics: 3,3km 170 vertical meters, 50 minutes

Pictures from the walk:

Myklebusthornet (329m), Aug 23 2018

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Today’s route

Thursday:  Another day in Ålesund, and as I start just after 7am, I can leave with 3pm with good conscience. I hate the traffic. It’s a jam in and out of Ålesund, but I can get to Ellingsøya island without any jam at all.

So, today I drove to Ellingsøya and to the north side (near Timbreskarhaugen) and parked by the soccer field.

From here, I followed the tractor road up to the Rørene – Myklebusthornet saddle, and followed the ridge path towards Myklebusthornet.

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On the ridge towards Myklebusthornet

From the top, I took a new route down. I continued eastbound until I was north of point 175m. Then I descended off-trail into a small valley which eventually led me to the greater valley south of Haukåsen. Here, I followed a forest path back to the starting point. I made a mental note to come back and visit Haukåsen later this autumn.

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Karma on Myklebusthornet

Trip statistics: 6,5km, 370 vertical meters, 1h:50m

Pictures from the hike:

Sogndal Kayak Boathouse Opening , Aug 24 2018

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Minutes away from the grand opening of the boathouse…

Friday: I drove to Sogndal to spend the weekend with Anne, and on Friday evening, there was a grand opening of the new bridge. In addition, Sogndal Turlag was opening their “kajakk naust” (naust = boathouse).

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Grand opening of the new bridge

After the Mayor had officially opened the bridge and the new beautiful walkway along the shore, the Mayor and the General Secretary of DNT (The Norwegian Tourist Association) came over to officially open the boathouse. Anne did a welcome pitch before handing over to the Mayor.

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Anne (green hat) gives a welcome speech.

The boathouse is a valuable addition to the outdoors activities in Sogndal – which are already widely famous the outdoors opportunities…

My only link to this was helping Anne out with the online booking calendar.

Pictures from the opening:

Tungestølen Foundation Stone, Aug 25 2018

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Dramatic terrain near Tungestølen

Saturday: Tungestølen is located at the foot of Jostedalsbreen glacier, and has been for many years (since 1910) been an important cabin (privately owned) for the local community and hikers. The cabin got obliviated by hurricaneDagmar” in 2011, and since then, enthusiasts have worked hard to get funding for a new cabin.

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Tungestølen in 2005

The hard work eventually paid off, funding got secured and the Snøhetta won the open design competition. And today, the foundation stone would be put in place.

Anne and I arrived at Tungestølen a little early, so while she talked to people arriving, I took Karma on a quick walk in the direction of Austerdalsbreen.

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Out walking with Karma

When I returned, the opening had begun. The speakers stood in line; Atle Hamar (State Secretary), Ivar Kvalen (Mayor in Luster), Nils Øverås (General Secretary, DNT), Ole Schanke Eikum (Luster Turlag), Anne-Marie Aamelfot Hjelle (DNT). Among others. I’m normally really not too thrilled about events like this, but I have some really, really good memories from trips near Tungestølen, so I listened with interest.

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Atle Hamar shows thumbs up for the project…

Eventually, the foundation stone was put in place and the new Tungestølen seems to have a bright future.

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The Foundation stone

After this happening, everyone went down to Veitastrond where there more speeches, and at least I had to be there when Anne conveyed greetings from the Jostedalsbreen Glacier National Park Steering Board (or whatever it is called in English).

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Another speaker was Snøhetta’s co-founder Kjetil Trædal Thorsen, who gave an impressing speech.

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From Snøhetta’s pitch

Pictures from the opening:

Tylderingen (1104m), Aug 25 2018

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My route from Soget to Fretland

Still Saturday: After a long day in Veitastrond, we drove back towards Sogndal and I really felt for stretching my legs. All of a sudden, I figured that a hike from Soget to Fretland, via Tylderingen would be just what me and Karma needed.

The time was 6pm, and I had perhaps 3 hours of daylight left. The distance wasn’t terrifying – close to 11km. But I had to ascend almost 1000 vertical meters. Quick math suggested that this was doable within 3 hours.

Anne dropped me and Karma off at Soget and drove back to Sogndal.

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At Soget

It was a nice hike up the forest. Above Lyst, we reached a car road (not open for the public) and a signpost saying “Simosete, 500m”. I thought Simosete was half a kilometer to the north.

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Nice forest path

When we reached Noselvi river, we left the road and followed a forest path upwards. This path led us to Turrli. Evening was on its way and I was confident we were all alone up here. I went over to a cabin and sat down outside the door to have a zip of water. Suddenly, a dog started barking on the other side of the door, and I heard voices. We moved on quickly. Fortunately, Karma doesn’t bark…

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Turrli

We continued up to lake Svartavatnet where we had Tylderingen ahead of us.

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By lake Svartavatnet

We reached the top of Tylderingen exactly 2 hours after heading out from Soget. Still on plan!

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On top of Tylderingen

From Tylderingen summit, we took the summer path down to Fretland, where Anne was waiting for us. The whole hike took 2h:35m. Well ahead of plan…

Afterwards, we drove down to Sogndal and took a walk on the new Fjordstien walkway that officially opened the day before. The climbing wall is my favorite part. It is for kids of course, but one can always climb it sideways…

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Hard focus…

Trip statistics: 10,8km, 960 vertical meters, 2h:35m

Pictures from the hike:

Hønshaholten (695m), Aug 26 2018

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Today’s route

Sunday: My suggestion for the day was to go to Fimreiteåsen and visit Hønsaholten – a modest forest top that I still hadn’t been to.

There is a protected area in this forest, so Anne figured that she could be there in official business. Which gave us the opportunity to drive her Park Ranger car up the private road up from Fimreite.

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Nice view from Fimreite

We left the car at the foot of Kloppadalen and headed up the forest road on the southeast side of the plateau.

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Nice view from the forest road

 

Dogs are of course great assets when it comes to park ranger stuff, so Karma was deputized for the day.

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“I swear that …”

Eventually, we reached the end of the forest road and had a nice view towards Sognefjorden.

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Sognefjord view

We went down to a viewpoint above Hønsagilet, and while Anne was busy with her binoculars, Karma had “all eyes on daddy“. So we took the hat away from her…

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You’re not supposed to watch *me*, Karma!

Then we sat course for *my* goal for the day – Hønsaholten. It was quite an anonymous top, but none of us had been there before, and we both enjoy visiting new places.

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On top of Hønsaholten

We sat course for the Lomstjørnane lakes, which were inside the protected area. Anne was busy with observing birds and I just enjoyed being outdoors.

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Nice…

We took a short break by the northern lake before heading back to the car. A very nice walk, it was!

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A short break by the northern lake

Trip statistics: 7,4km, 300 vertical meters, 2h:40m

Pictures from the hike:

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