2018 Week 45

Autumn definitely improving!

Anne & Karma on Hornet, Volda

Peaks visited:

Peak Height PF Location WCP
Rjåhornet 598m 105m Herøy, M&R, Norway WCP
Storkleiva 141m 42m Ålesund, Norway
Solavågsfjellet 263m 210m Sula, Norway WCP
Hasundhornet 533m 93m Ulstein, Norway WCP
Garnestua 653m 415m Ulstein, Norway WCP
Hornet 695m 182m Volda, Norway WCP
Hellandshornet 883m 101m Haram, Norway WCP
Storfjellet 950m 892m Haram, Norway WCP

Rjåhornet (600m), Nov 5 2018

The route up and down Rjåhornet

Monday:  Mondays = very often Rjåhornet . Probably the mountain I visit most often during a year. It’s close, it gives me a 600 vertical meter ascent (which I think should be the daily minimum) and there are places I can find shelter on days with surprisingly bad incoming weather.

On the way to Rjåhornet

But this Monday was a calm day. We headed out from Djupvika – one of the 3 trailheads I normally start out from – and reached the top without running into a storm.

Karma has to work for the summit reward…

Down by the meadows between Rjåhornet and Huldrehornet, we took a different route down – along the path I’ve done trail maintenance on, for the past weeks.

The ground has dried up. Bridge not really needed today.

Trip statistics: 6,5km, 600 vertical meters, 1h:41m

Pictures from the hike:

Storkleiva (141m), Nov 6 2018



Tuesday: Ålesund day, and after work I drove to Ellingsøya island to visit Storkleiva. This was a part of Ellingsøya I had never visited before. And If I’m to do a forest walk, I’d like to have some sort of “top” to log the hike on. Storkleiva, being the highest point on this walk, became the “top”.

We started out close to Årset, and followed a tractor road northbound until I decided to go east on a forest path that appeared in front of us.

Going left on a forest path here

This forest path – narrow but still visible – led us to Storkleiva.

On the forest path to Storkleiva

I normally choose a round trip hike over up and down the same way, so we followed the path to a forest ridge above Trollneset. We found a cabin there, and behind the cabin, I noticed a vague forest path that took us to the pass between Vikanakken and Storkleiva.

Vikanakken, left

From the pass, we followed a wider forest path eastbound, which took us down to the main road pretty close to the trailhead. We walked alongside the road (still in the forest) for 200m before reaching the car. A nice forest hike, it was!

The route across Storkleiva

Trip statistics: 5,7km, 240 vertical meters, 1h:25m

Pictures from the hike:

Solavågsfjellet (263m) , Nov 7 2018

The route across Solavågsfjellet

Wednesday: Another working day in Ålesund, and on the way home, I stopped on Sula island to hike Solavågsfjellet.

The plan was to hike from Solavågen, along the trail past Ramsvika, up to Solavågsfjellet and then locate the path that would take us towards lake Storvalen. Like in February…

On the trail above Ramsvika

The difference between now and February, was that there was no snow, and we had no problems following the forest path up to Solavågsfjellet.

Heading into the forest

What was new, was that this time, I discovered a path (eastbound) that I’ve never seen before. This path took us down to Solavågen – only 0,4km north of where I parked the car. Perfect! This will definitely be my new round trip route whenever I want to visit Solavågsfjellet, aka Trollhaugen.

Karma on top of Solavågsfjellet

Trip statistics: 4,5km, 270 vertical meters, 1,5 hours

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Hasundhornet (533m),  Nov 8 2018

The trailhead

Thursday:  The main reason for taking this short route to Hasundhornet, was an aching knee. The knee had been troubling me for the past week, and every sane thought inside me suggested a rest. But there is no rest for fools

Still, being a fool, I decided not to go for the longest walks, and this 5,4km walk across Hasundhornet was “nothing”, really.

The round trip route

I parked by the southernmost trailhead on Fjelle, hiked up to Hasundhornet and returned the northernmost path – ending up by lake Hammarstøylsvatnet’s north end. From here, Karma and I had just 1,1km back to the car. It was nice to have a good break from the rain, at least. Little did I know that the week would still trouble me for the next month…

On top of Hasundhornet

Trip statistics: 5,4km, 250 vertical meters, 1 hour

Pictures from the hike:

Garnestua (653m), Nov 9 2018


Sunshine, here I come!

Friday: At this time of the year, daylight was scarce after work. When I logged off work, the sunshine painted a beautiful color on Garnestua’s southwest ridge, and so that’s where I wanted to go.

I parked at Ytre Haddal and followed the ridge route upwards. I kept a good pace, to maximize time spent in sunlight. The sun went proportionally down to my vertical gain. It was a really nice hike.

View from the Garnestua trail

The sun disappeared by the time we reached the top, but that didn’t matter. I got the sunny ascent.

Approaching the top of Garnestua

Another nice hike “in the bag”, although I was limping down because of knee pain. I would surely get better in time, just not today.

And when I returned to the trailhead, Anne was just down the road, coming from Sogndal to spend the weekend up here. Perfect timing. It didn’t feel wrong to get spoiled with a good dinner and some good wine after this hike!

Storfjord view from the Garnestua path

Trip statistics: 5,3km, 600 vertical meters, 1,5 hours

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Hornet (696m), Nov 10 2018

Below Hornet

Saturday: Great weather, and I invited Anne to a hike along a route I recently discovered – and that I really, really like: the round trip route across Hornet from Homborset.

The round trip route

A nice mountain path takes you up to Homborsetsætra. I guess this used to be a mountain dairy farm in the old days. Why else would they put so much effort into the path?

Up from Homborset

After a steep beginning, the path levels slightly out as it traverses the mountainside and enters the forest below Homborsetsætra.

Not THAT steep anymore…

Anne felt for a short break when we arrived at Homborsetsætra

Let’s take 5…

Then we followed a path from the cabin and up to the pass between Heidane and Hornet.

Up from Homborsetsætra

The final walk up to the top was just a “stroll“.

Anne, on the way to the top

Anne really enjoyed this route, and I hoped she would enjoy the descent route also.

From the top, we descended (rather steeply) east to the pass between Hornet and Skarphornet.

Descending from Hornet

From the pass, we went (off-trail) south until we met the path from Vassteinsætra and followed this path all the way to the Vassteinen farm down by the old road.

On our way down to Vassteinen

From here, we had only 600 meters to walk back to the car. Anne agreed that this was perfect round trip hike!

Arriving at Vassteinen

Trip statistics: 5,8km, 650m vertical meters, 2h:35m

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Hellandshornet (883m), Storfjellet (950m), Nov 11 2018

Sunday: Anne had business to attend to in Sogndal and had to leave in the morning. No, we didn’t have a disagreement 😉

So, I drove to Helland (outside Brattvåg) to revisit some mountains I frequently visited during my years in Ålesund (2006-2008). At least, I would go to Hellandshornet. Then, time would show.

Towards Hellandshornet, from Helland

Karma and I headed up the route along the northwest ridge. I had forgotten almost everything about it, so it was nice to be back.

The path is climbing steeply up the forest

It’s a good push from ~30m above sea level and up to 883m. Fortunately, we both are in a reasonable shape, and kept a good pace up the mountain.

Towards Hellandshornet

With some pretty nice views along the way…

Drynja, Midøya, Otrøya

I could see other hikers, high up on the mountain, like small dots. Amazingly enough, we caught up with them in the last hill and passed them in something like felt like “blizzard speed”.

The final hillside before Hellandshornet

At first, we arrived at a stone shelter. But as this wasn’t the high point, we moved on to very true top of Hellandshornet.

On top of Hellandshornet. Keipen (left) and Storfjellet in the background

From the top, I could see the other hikers arriving on the summit plateau.

Time to move on…

I didn’t really have a plan other than visiting Hellandshornet. But now that we were here, and had time on our hands, it only felt natural to continue to Storfjellet and descend via Ringstaddalen valley.

Towards Storfjellet

We had a nice walk over to Storfjellet. I decided to skip Keipen (916m) as this isn’t a very prominent top.

Skipping Keipen

Once we entered the VAST summit plateau on Storfjellet, I remembered how huge it was. And then I recalled my last hike up here – on May 17th (Norway’s National day) in 2008 – with my former dog Troll.

Certain things have changed in the last 10 years…

I could see that the other group of hikers descending directly from Hellandshornet to Ringstaddalen. I met them again on the path leading down to the valley. One of them made a comment about me being in a hurry, and I completely understood that it could seem that way. But I don’t think I saw any LESS than they did.

Heading into Ringstaddalen valley

As we were closing in on the main road down by the fjord, I noticed a path going in the direction of my trailhead. So I decided to stick to it. The path took me down to Hellandsvika, from where I immediately headed up towards the uppermost houses. After a little while, I found a vague path that took us back to the car.

Seeing a shortcut – to the right of the mast top

It was altogether a superb round trip hike!

The round trip hike

Trip statistics: 11,7km, 1080m vertical meters, 3h:03m

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