2018 Week 51

The last report of 2018

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Valderøya island

Peaks visited:

Peak Height PF Location WCP
Vasshornet 479m 56m Sande, Norway WCP
Aksla 188m 188m Ålesund, Norway WCP
Hasundhornet 533m 93m Ulstein, Norway WCP

Vasshornet (479m), Dec 17 2018

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The route to Vasshornet

Monday: Today, I took Karma to the vet to check on the bad hot-spot she got this autumn. She passed the examination with flying colors, and was so happy that she insisted on taking the bill…

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But did you bring your wallet?

After work, I decided to go to Vasshornet – a top that I hadn’t been to since 2012. Overdue for revisit.

I started out at the usual trailhead near the south end of lake Skogevatnet.

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On our way to Vasshornet

In mid-December, there was ice all over the place and Vasshornet was no exception. The path up the forest was ice, and nothing but ice. I took it like a good exercise. If I returned without injury, the hike would be a total success.

Every now and then I stopped for some pictures. It was about to turn dark and I like that little time period where it’s still bright, but if you look at the street lights, you feel it’s dark already.

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Gursken view

Higher up on the mountain – where it’s getting steeper, the ice was replaced by snow. Deep snow at times. But I didn’t complain. I’ll take snow over ice any day.

Vasshornet is not among the “prominent tops” but it’s a darned nice walk up there. And the views ain’t bad either.

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Rovdestranda seen from Vasshornet

Karma and I retraced our steps down the mountain and I returned to the trailhead without a single fall. Total success!

Trip statistics: 4,3km, 430 vertical meters, 1h:42m

Pictures (Canon 80D) from the hike:

Aksla (188m) , Dec 18 2018

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The route on Aksla

Tuesday: Ålesund day, and after work I took Karma for a round trip hike across Aksla – a hill very close to where I work. I escape all the traffic and can get right on with the walking.

Today, we settled for a round trip hike from Gangstøvika to Fjellstua and back, via the forest ridge (I found some new paths) and the forest road. I looked forward to get to Fjellstua in hope for some good pictures. The Ålesund view is amazing from up here.

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Ålesund view from Fjellstua

I even tried a zoom. There was almost no wind (which is very rare) and got away with a pretty clean shot of downtown Ålesund.

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Downtown Ålesund

Trip statistics: 7,3km, 360m vertical meters, 1h:57m

Pictures (Canon 80D) from the hike:

 

Hasundhornet (533m),  Dec 19 2018

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The route

Wednesday:  The last hike in Norway in 2018 went to Hasundhornet, from Gardsholhaugen. That was roughly the only eventful thing about the hike.

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Ulsteinvik seen from Hasundhornet

Trip statistics: 3,9km, 490 vertical meters, 1h:25m

Pictures (Canon 80D) from the hike:

Egypt, Dec 23 – 30 2018

And then we went to Egypt. Click here for the Egypt Diary and here for the ascent of Gebel Katerina (2629m) – the highest point in Egypt.

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On top of Egypt!
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Wonderful days of snorkeling!

Randsfjorden, Dec 31 2018

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Birdlife in “Scheeskroken”

New Year’s eve was spent with our *dear* friends Eva and Bjørn by Randsfjorden, who looked after Karma while Anne and I were in Egypt.

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Ready for the last dinner in 2018

We entered 2019 on a quiet note. Not too much going on in these parts of Norway, which is honky dory fine by me!

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2018 is dead. Long live 2019!

2018 Statistics

2018 was an “average” year in terms of hiking. Summarizing the year;

131 new tops, whereas 104 had a primary factor of 100m (the annual goal is 100 – CHECK!)

142 local tops

142 other tops

415 tops in total, where 250 were different tops.

– Total vertical meters: 206,824m (annual goal is 200,000)

– Total km on foot: 2245

– Total km on skis: 506,8

– Total km on bike: 102

And THAT concludes my 2018 hiking….

 

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