2018 Week 41

Leaving the Huldrehornet forest for a little while…

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Getting “vibes” by Eidsfjorden

Peaks visited:

Peak Height PF Location WCP
Huldrehornet 271m 113m Herøy, M&R, Norway WCP
Nihusen 438m 340m Skodje, Norway WCP
Sollia 661m 661m Herøy/Sande, M&R, Norway WCP
Lidaveten 592m 439m Volda, Norway WCP
Skardsbøfjellet 700m 0m Sogndal, Norway
Trollhaug 408m 15m Sogndal, Norway

Huldrehornet (271m), Oct 8 2018

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The “bridges” are ready

Monday:  Rain today, but as the weather forecast was promising for the next days, this would be the last day in the Huldrehornet forest for a little while. I went out to mainly finish the last bridge.

But afterwards, we had of course to hike across Huldrehornet.

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On Huldrehornet

Trip statistics: 3,4km, 260 vertical meters, 2,5 hours

Pictures from the hike:

Nihusen (438m), Oct 10 2018

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View from the Nihusen trail

Wednesday: Ålesund day, and afterwards I drove out to Skodje to hike Nihusen via the west ridge, near Stette. I’ve hiked this route years ago, and as I didn’t remember anything from the hike, I looked forward to the revisit.

It was a nice and easy hike up the forest, along a visible path all the way.

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On the way up the west ridge

I wouldn’t exactly call it a sunny day, but it least it wasn’t raining. And I got a chance to see exactly where the snow line was…

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View towards Lauparen

Karma and I eventually reached the top and had the usual rituals – treats for the dog, pictures for daddy.

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On top of Nihusen

The plan was all along a round trip hike, even if it meant a few kilometers along a paved road. I took the normal route down to Skodje – a route I’ve done many, many times.

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Ålesund view

Down by the main road, I had 2,3km ahead of me along the main road, until I reached the old road. Then, the car was only 1,6km away.

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Along the old road, with view up the west ridge

Despite the 3,9km along the roads, it was still a nice hike. And it felt really good to escape the Huldrehornskogen forest for a while…

Trip statistics: 10,4km, 440 vertical meters, 2 hours

Pictures from the hike:

Sollia (661m) , Oct 11 2018

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The best afternoon of the week

Thursday: Beautiful weather, and 19,5 deg. C. at the Leikongsætra trailhead. Not the typical mid-October temperature!

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Towards Sollia

We took the route on the east side of lake Holmevatnet – a route I normally *descend* from Sollia. I also wanted to check the sticks I put earlier in the season were still standing. And they were.

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Lake Holmevatnet

It was pretty late in the afternoon, and the sun had begun the “setting process”, which produced some wonderful colors and shades.

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Karma on top of Sollia – again!

We returned the “normal” route, across point 598m, before joining our ascent route further down.

A beautiful day and a beautiful hike. The sun provided “fuel for the soul”…

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Oh, what a great day!

Trip statistics: 10,3km, 610 vertical meters, 2,5 hours

Pictures from the hike:

Lidaveten (592m),  Oct 12 2018

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The surprise of the day!

Friday:  On my way to Sogndal, I decided to do the afternoon walk with Karma on Lidaveten in Volda. We started out from Steinnes, a route I had hiked once before.

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The Steinnes trailhead

The start of the route was quite familiar, but when we reached the forest, I found a felled area and the marked trail was nowhere to be seen. On a later hike, I was able to follow it *down*, but today, I could not see the sticks.

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Hmm… Problem…

Which meant an off-trail hike through the chopped forest. Cumbersome!

Above this area, I was still not able to locate the path, so it continued to be an off-trail hike until I got high on the mountain.

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Not far now…

Unfortunately, yesterday’s sunshine was nowhere to be seen, but the view from Lidaveten is always nice anyhow!

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The Lidaveten cairn
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Ørstafjorden view from Lidaveten

We returned the same way, and once back at the car, I sat course for Sogndal.

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In Våtedalen, on my way to Sogndal

Trip statistics: 3,6km, 580 vertical meters, 1h:15m

Pictures from the hike:

Skardsbøfjellet (700m), Oct 13 2018

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Nice autumn colors

Saturday: It was raining, and the higher mountains were not tempting. I suggested to Anne that we could do across Skardsbøfjellet, from Øvstedalen to Sogndal9,8km in total.

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The route

The part up to Skardsbøfjellet was asphalt road, hence not very exciting. But it’s all in the way you take it. If there is no evident fun, make some. Like test if the jacket is still waterproof, after 1,5 years. I guess it kind of was…

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Just stand still. I’m just gonna change the card and the battery…

Skardsbøfjellet is the kind of place you pass by, very quickly…

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OK, let’s move on…

From Skardsbøfjellet, we aimed for the forest road down to Skjeldestad. To get there, we had to pass Lomtjørni.

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Lomtjørni

On our way to Skjeldestad, we stopped for a bite and were quite pleased by making almost a Norwegian mile in pouring rain.

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Karma is very interested…

Once back at Anne’s place in Sogndal, we took her car back to Øvstedalen so that I could pick up mine.

Trip statistics: 9,8km, 380 vertical meters, 2h:25m

Pictures from the hike:

Trollhaug (408m), Oct 14 2018

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Today’s route – total

Sunday: This was a hike in two parts; first we drove up Flyplassvegen (airport road) and parked in the first sharp left-hand curve. From here, we followed the trail towards Hasleggi.

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Rainy day, nice hike!

Next followed a descent towards Eidsfjorden.

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Towards Eidsfjorden

There, I gave Anne a small challenge that she didn’t particularly fancy, due to the slippery wood. But, she rose to the occasion…

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Attagirl!

Then we had lunch in a boathouse. We didn’t ask for permission…

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Nice place for a lunch!

From the fjord, we continued up a path until we reached the trail that runs parallel to RV5, aiming for Kjørnes where Anne’s car was awaiting.

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Up from the fjord

Anne drove me back up to the airport road, to where road runs down to the Rud farm. Anne dropped us off, and headed back home. Karma and me would then hike back to the car, via Trollhaug – a small forest hump that I still hadn’t been to.

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Towards Trollhaug

Along the way, we passed an “artificial” lake that wasn’t on the map.

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Hmm… not on the map…

Eventually, we reached the car, quite content about having done a nice hike on another rainy day.

Trip statistics: 11,3km, 330 vertical meters, 3 hours

Pictures from the hike:

 

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