2019 Week 7

A little bit of skiing, a little bit of hiking…

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Anne on Remøykammen, with view towards Runde

Peaks visited:

Peak Height PF Location WCP
Helgehornet 626m 545m Volda, Norway WCP
Geitnausa 456m 102m Ålesund, Norway WCP
Haddalshornet 611m 103m Ulstein, Norway WCP
Leinehornet 366m 366m Herøy, M&R, Norway WCP
Remøykammen 184m 41m Herøy, Norway WCP
Storevarden 430m 430m Herøy, M&R, Norway WCP

Helgehornet (626m), Feb 11 2019

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My route to Helgehornet

Monday: A new week and it would definitely begin with skiing. A good dump of snow had fallen during the night and day. Anne was still on Summøre and suggested that I could take a solo ski-trip while she would look after Karma.

I gladly accepted the offer and decided on a nearby mountain – Helgehornet – so I wouldn’t be away for too long.

I parked by Helgehorntunnelen and headed up the forest road. The snow was just lovely and I was already looking forward to the descent.

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Up the forest road – very nice!

When I left the road and entered the forest path, I made a mental note to take it easy when coming down. The corridor was narrow and my skis were quite fast.

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Into the forest

Above the forest, Helgehornet came into view. At first glance, the mountain looked calm. But as I began my ascent, I could see that there was a small inferno up there. I seriously hoped that the inferno had passed by the time I reached the top.

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A WHOLE lot of weather on top…

The snow was no longer lovely and I had bumpy ride down awaiting. The good news was the inferno had passed and the weather was not too bad when I arrived on the summit. I found shelter behind the building on top.

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On top of Helgehornet

As I began my descent, it got dark and I had to ski down with my headlamp on. The combination of rugged snow and limited visibility wasn’t optimal, but I managed to get back to the forest without taking any falls. The route down the forest was just lovely, and I was a pretty happy dude when I returned to the car.

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Ørsta seen from Helgehornet

Trip statistics: 6,6km, 550 vertical meters, 1,5 hours

Pictures (Canon 80D) from the trip:

Geitnausa (456m), Feb 13 2019

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My normal route to Geitnausa

Wednesday: While there was plenty of snow in the Ørsta/Volda region, there was not a whole lot of it in Ålesund. Warm weather had moved in over the coastline and the results came quickly. Actually, it was borderline hiking or skiing. But I decided to go for skis, and did not regret it.

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OK – this could be an interesting ski-trip…

The forest road was all ice, and I didn’t particularly look forward to descending here. On the positive side, it allowed for a quick and easy ascent to the upper forest.

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Up the forest road

The Cat ski vehicle had left its mark in the forest, and it didn’t look nice where there was little snow left.

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Ugly, but at least we had an easy ride

Above the forest, there was VERY little snow (it’s normally the other way around), but just enough to get me to the top with the skis on.

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Towards the top

And then it was time for the usual Ålesund picture.

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Ålesund view from Geitnausa

On the way back, I daydreamed a little about my skiing options in the future, when I don’t have a dog to take care of. With her shoulder problems (SD), running down a 1400m mountain is just not an option…

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Molladalstindane. That glacier looks SO inviting for a ski descent…

Trip statistics: 7,6km, 405 vertical meters, 2h:35m

Pictures (Canon 80D) from the trip:

Haddalshornet (611) , Feb 15 2019

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My round trip hike across Haddalshornet

Friday: Anne had returned to Sunnmøre again, but was too tired after extensive traveling to join me for an afternoon hike. I decided to go to a Haddalshornet (a very short drive) and not be gone too long.

The plan was to go from Havåg, straight up, smack, bam, back down. But on my way, I  decided to go from Aursnes, which is a longer route. It takes me just below the hour to get up along that route.

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The Aursnes trailhead

After the initial forest part, Haddalshornet seems quite far away when you first get it in view.

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Still a bit to go…

I tried to keep a good pace, which eventually became difficult due to the VERY STRONG WIND! It’s seldom I experience this kind of wind in sunny weather. But it was the “fight for every step” type of wind.

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On the summit ridge. Karma is busy with “self care”

We arrived on Haddalshornet 1h:04m after heading out. At least 5 of those minutes were lost due to the wind.

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On top of Haddalshornet

I always try to avoid going back the way I came at all cost, and chose to descend to Havåg. Which meant that we had to do 2,4km along roads to get to the car. But it couldn’t be helped. Round trip hikes are the best! I reached the car in the dark, but due to the road, the headlamp never came on.

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It’s always nice to witness sunset…

Trip statistics: 9,5km, 705 vertical meters, 2h:12m

Pictures (Canon 80D) from the trip:

Leinehornet (366m) , Feb 16 2019

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Leinehornet seen from  Remøykammen

Saturday: If I had lived in a place where there were numerous tops I hadn’t been to before, I would be up early morning and on my way. I have a great “drive” when it comes to visiting new tops, but when there’s hardly any tops in my local region left, the “drive” to spend 5-6 hours in the car for one or two new tops isn’t so strong any longer. 20 years in this trade has probably taken its toll.

Hence, I was more than happy to join Anne for an easy hike across Leinehornet on Leinøya. Anne is very enthusiastic about hiking on the coastline, which is totally understandable. Especially since she lives 100km away from one.

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Today’s route

My normal route across Leinehornet starts at Voldsund and follows the west ridge to the top. It’s a route we both enjoy, and it offers a nice view towards the other coastal mountains.

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Up the west ridge

There was still some snow on top, and I never miss the opportunity of a good snowball

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Catch!

We descended along the south ridge and then followed a nice forest path that runs just above the houses.

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Anne enjoyed this path

Once we reached the main road, we crossed it and went down to the shore.

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It’s always nice to be by the fjord

It always feels good to start out in spring, feel a touch of winter and head back to spring

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A nice end to a nice hike

Trip statistics: 4,1km, 370 vertical meters, 1h:41m

Pictures (Canon 80D) from the trip:

Remøykammen (184m) , Feb 16 2019

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Remøy

Still Saturday: Leinehornet doesn’t offer the vertical meters I feel I need on a daily basis, so I talked Anne into coming along for a quick walk up Remøykammen on Remøy island.

I had been up there a couple of times before, and also along the east ridge, but I had never started at the foot of the east ridge. I was curious to see where the path began.

We stopped and asked two women and were told that the path begins where I expected it to begin.

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Heading out from the trailhead

It was a short and easy hike up the ridge.

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On our way up to Remøykammen

On the coastline, there’s always something to rest your eyes on…

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I noticed this eagle a little bit too late…

After a round of pictures, we called it a day and headed back home. I had gotten my daily “dose” of 5-600 vertical meters and was quite content.

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Celebrating yet another top…

In the evening, we went to Ålesund with our friends Lena and Terje for a sushi afternoon at Zuuma. Very enjoyable!

Trip statistics: 1,7km, 175m vertical meters, 45 mins

Pictures (Canon 80D) from the trip:

Storevarden (430m), Rjåhornet (421m),  Feb 17 2019

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Storevarden on Nerlandsøya (taken from the Leinehornet trip)

Sunday:  The hiking and skiing week also ended on the coastline, as we decided to visit Storevarden on Nerlandsøya.

We took the usual route upwards – along the mountain service road and then the main trail to the top. The weather wasn’t outstanding, but it wasn’t bad either.

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Up the mountain service road

There was just a thin layer of snow on top. Which is not unusual for the coastline even in mid-February.

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On top of Nerlandsøya island

We both felt for a round trip hike, so we sat course for Rjåhornet.

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On the way to Rjåhornet

From Rjåhornet, we had a very nice view towards Skorpa island the Keipen peak. We’ve both been there, thanks to a good colleague (Vidar). One needs private transportation to get to this desolate island.

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Skorpa island

Afterwards, we followed marked and unmarked trails back to the trailhead. A nice and easy hike!

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Returning to Kvalsund

Trip statistics: 8,7km, 535 vertical meters, 2h:27m

Pictures (Canon 80D) from the trip:

 

 

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