2018 Week 39

Trail work, rain and some nice hikes in the weekend…

The first part of the week – summarized

Peaks visited:

Peak Height PF Location WCP
Huldrehornet 271m 113m Herøy, M&R, Norway WCP
Djupvikhaugen 98m 29m Herøy, M&R, Norway WCP
Amlaholten 508m 265m Sogndal, Norway WCP
Stedjeåsen 624m 121m Sogndal, Norway WCP
Nipa 867m 154m Luster, Norway WCP

Huldrehornet (271m), Sep 24 2018

Another week, more trail work

Monday:  Back in the Huldrehornskogen forest, continuing my trail work on the overgrown path. I decided to do it properly this time, so progress was slow.

After 1h:45m of work, the usual bonus for Karma (and for me to) was a hike across Huldrehornet.

Karma enjoys running MUCH more than waiting for daddy, working on the path…

It was actually not raining *here*, so it was a small delight to stand on the top and not be dripping wet.

View from Huldrehornet

Trip statistics: 3,5km, 250 vertical meters, 2h:30m

Pictures from the hike:

Huldrehornskogen forest , Sep 25 2018

Anne goes to work…

Tuesday: Back in the Huldrehornskogen forest, continuing my trail work. As Anne was briefly passing Sunnmøre, she joined to help me out a bit.

My good helpers

Trip statistics: 1,8km, 100 vertical meters, 1h:20m

Huldrehornet (271m), Sep 26 2018

Working on the “bridges”

Wednesday: Take a wild guess… Yup – more trail work. My efforts started to show and I begun to get feedback from hikers. That was motivating for keeping up the work.

It’s starting to look like something…

Afterwards – a trip across Huldrehornet. The wind was so strong that I couldn’t remember last time I felt it this bad up here.

Very, very windy on Huldrehornet.

Trip statistics: 3,7km 250 vertical meters, 2:50m

Pictures from the hike:

Djupvikhaugen (98m),  Sep 27 2018

Lake Djupvikvatnet

Thursday:  Another afternoon spent in the Huldrehornskogen forest, trail work. This time I went across Djupvikhaugen to get there.

Karma on Djupvikhaugen

Trip statistics: 3 km, 150 vertical meters, 2h:25m

Pictures from the hike:

To Sogndal, Sep 28 2018

Friday: Going to Sogndal for the weekend. As I drove across Utvikfjellet, I was almost shocked to see that there was almost skiing terrain up there…

On top of Utvikfjellet, 600m

Passing Bøyabreen glacier near Fjærland, I stopped to let Karma stretch her legs. Dramatic terrain!

Close to Bøyabreen glacier

Pictures from the drive

Fjordstien, Sogndal, Sep 28 2018

Friday: Afternoon walk along Fjordstien in Sogndal, using the children’s climbing wall for sideways bouldering…

Built for children. Can also be enjoyed by adults…


Amlaholten (508m), Sep 29 2018

The route

Saturday: Anne and I decided to have a nice and easy walk below the snow line, and Amlaholten on Kaupanger is always a nice place to go.

Beautiful pine forest

Normally, we try to find something fun to do up here. It could be climbing trees, balancing, etc. Today, we did a “throw the stick” variation. Quite fun 😉

Go, Anne!

And there’s always time for some views

Sognefjorden view

Trip statistics: 5,4km, 305 vertical meters, 2h:05m

Pictures from the hike:

Fjordstien, Sogndal, Sep 29 2018

Some never grow up…

Saturday: Another afternoon walk along Fjordstien in Sogndal.

Pictures from the walk:

Stedjeåsen (624m) – failed attempt, Sep 30 2018

Attempt to hike Stedjeåsen from Rubbeskallen tunnel

Sunday:  For some time, I had been wondering if it was possible to ascend Stedjeåsen from the Rubbeskallen tunnel, and today I decided to find out.

From the tunnel roof, I headed up a boulder field and turned gradually right towards the only place I thought I could get onto the mountain proper.

In the boulder field, gradually turning right

I found a doable place to get onto the mountain, but the risk was sky high. The slabs were slippery after rain and if I slipped, it would be my last mistake ever…

I searched upwards for another place and found it! I could see a couple of rocks, left by someone to indicate that this is the route.

Now on the mountain, looking down

This was very inspiring, and I wondered if the route was marked all the way. The onward route went “here and there”, which made it very difficult to remember exactly where I went. But, there were the occasional rocks, in addition to the ones I put up myself. I didn’t rely on the GPS track, as the accuracy wasn’t precise enough in this type of terrain.

After a while, I reached a tall wall, and that was the only obstruction between me and the top of the mountain.

The wall ahead of me

I reached 460m elevation when I decided to give up. I could not see any way up and decided to return. I could not spend the day up here, as Anne wanted to go on a hike today. I continued along the wall in the opposite direction, just in case I had missed anything. But eventually, I sat course for my ascent route. It was a bit challenging to get back on track, and I was a little nervous about slipping and injuring myself. But eventually I returned to the tunnel, safe and sound.

My trailhead. The Rubbeskallen tunnel is to the right of the new tunnel

Looking back on the top picture, I wonder if I turned around too early. If I had crossed the couloir ahead of me, I could possibly have found a “ramp” that could get me up. I just might have to go back one more time…

Trip statistics: 3,4km, 500 vertical meters, 2 hours

Pictures from the hike:

Nipa (867m), Sep 30 2018

Dramatic fog…

Sunday:  After the Stedjeåsen attempt, I returned to Anne’s place and we got ready for a hike to Nipa in Luster. We hadn’t been up here since March 2010 – on skis. I hardly remembered anything from that trip, so a revisit was called for.

We parked at Opheim and followed the forest road towards a fork just before Midtstølen. It was a nice day, although there was a “whole lot of weather” going around…

Heading out from Opheim

At the fork, we followed another forest road northbound, in the direction of Røyteholet. From the end of the road, we followed a forest path up to the pass.

On the Røyteholet path

After a little while, we got the cabins by Røyteholet in view.


We found a path that took us up to Hestaskøyte, and from here, we went off-trail towards Nipa.

On our way to Nipa

We had fog on top of Nipa, just like in 2010 (I checked my trip report), but that didn’t matter as long as it wasn’t raining!

On top of Nipa

On the map, we could see that there was a path down the southeast ridge, passing Jøtlaberg, and we decided to explore a route that would be new to us.

On the southeast ridge path

This was a good decision, because we had superb views from this route!

Gaupnefjorden below

As we approached houses, we left the path and took the shortest route down to the road – 1,3km away from and below the car. It was a very enjoyable hike!


Trip statistics: 9,2km, 650 vertical meters, 2h:40m

Pictures from the hike:


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