2018 Week 39

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

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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

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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.

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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.

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View from Huldrehornet

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

Pictures from the hike:

Huldrehornskogen forest , Sep 25 2018

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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.

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My good helpers

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

Huldrehornet (271m), Sep 26 2018

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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.

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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.

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Very, very windy on Huldrehornet.

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

Pictures from the hike:

Djupvikhaugen (98m),  Sep 27 2018

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Lake Djupvikvatnet

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

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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…

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On top of Utvikfjellet, 600m

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

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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…

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Built for children. Can also be enjoyed by adults…

 

Amlaholten (508m), Sep 29 2018

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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.

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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 😉

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Go, Anne!

And there’s always time for some views

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Sognefjorden view

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

Pictures from the hike:

Fjordstien, Sogndal, Sep 29 2018

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Some never grow up…

Saturday: Another afternoon walk along Fjordstien in Sogndal.

Pictures from the walk:

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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…

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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.

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On the Røyteholet path

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

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Røyteholet

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

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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!

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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.

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On the southeast ridge path

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

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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!

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Marifjøra

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

Pictures from the hike:

 

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