2019 Week 38

One more week with just a single highlight…

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This week’s highlight – Saudehornet in Ørsta!

Peaks visited:

Peak Height PF Location WCP
Skeidshornet 311m 13m Ulstein, Norway
Hornseten 190m 152m Herøy, M&R, Norway WCP
Myklebusthornet 329m 329m Ålesund, Norway WCP
Huldrehornet 271m 113m Herøy, M&R, Norway WCP
Saudehornet 1303m 825m Ørsta, Norway WCP
Rambjøra 132m 109m Herøy, M&R, Norway WCP
Rjåhornet 600 107m Herøy, M&R, Norway WCP

Skeidshornet (311m), Sep 16 2019

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The route across Osberget and Skeidshornet

Monday: And it just kept on raining!

But on a positive note, it was just rain showers. Which means that there is opportunity for some nice moments in-between. So, today I drove to Ulsteinvik to hike Osberget and Skeidshornet.

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Ulsteinvik seen from Osberget

Already on the way down from Osberget, the first “nice moment” presented itself – a solid hail shower. In mid-September!

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Take cover!

Once the hail shower passed, we were blessed with a double rainbow!

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Nice!

We had a nice hike up the forest and by the time we reached Skeidshornet, the weather was just very uneventful. Not at all what I came here to see.

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On Skeidshornet, with view towards Storebroren on Hareidlandet

But mother nature took my challenge straight on and sent a proper rain shower our way.

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Incoming!

We took shelter behind the water building in Mørdarbakken, together with a pair from Croatia. Once the shower had passed, I got some nice shots.

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After the rain, there is often sunshine…

And it was quite spectacular when it cleared up again…

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Big sky!

Trip statistics: 5,2km, 310 vertical meters, 1h:20m

Pictures (Canon EOS RP/Iphone8) from the hike:

Osnessanden, Ulsteinvik,  Sep 17 2019

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Karma loves this beach

Tuesday: Taking Karma to the beach after work. This was the only running she got to do on this otherwise rainy day…

Pictures (Canon EOS RP):

Hornseten (189m), Sep 18 2019

Wednesday: The rain never seemed to end. I decided to walk the dog on Hornseten on Bergsøya island.

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Our route across Hornseten

We were both quite wet when we reached the top.

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Let’s just enjoy this hike, shall we?

Upon descent, we followed the nice gravel road across Heida. The “Gapahuk” is a nice place to get a break from the rain.

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Gapahuks like this one is very popular in Norway

Fosnavåg was grey today…

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Fosnavåg

Trip statistics: 4,4km, 300 vertical meters, 1h:4min

 

Myklebusthornet (329m), Sep 19 2019

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Our hike across Myklebusthornet

Thursday: After work in Ålesund, I drove to Ellingsøya to walk across Myklebusthornet. I took this picture of a mushroom, as it was the only color I had seen all week…

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There’s a whole little small world down there…

I’ve done the hike from the Nes Stadion to Myklebusthornet a number of times, and I was eager to try out a new route.

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On the ridge to the summit (background)

But first, the usual summit picture and summit treat.

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What? You haven’t seen an upstanding trig. point before?

We continued eastbound and I noticed for the first time a path leading down to Volstad. This would mean 4km along the paved road back to Nes Stadion, but at least it was a walk I’ve not done before. It was just as boring as I had feared, but I was very happy about having done 2 hours and almost 10km in the rain!

Trip statistics: 9,5km, 400 vertical meters, 2 hours

Pictures (Canon EOS RP) from the hike:

Huldrehornet (271m), Sep 20 2019

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Our route across Huldrehornet

Friday: The week had been utterly miserable, in terms of hiking. If the rain continued into the weekend, then I would surely get a depression. We would just have to wait and see…

Friday had its occasional rain showers, but the weather wasn’t terrible when I left work. But I didn’t find any other inspiration than to hike across my very local mountain Huldrehornet. But it had been a while since I hiked via Dyrkyrkja, and I looked forward to get back up there.

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On our way

I might have taken Karma up to the very top of Dyrkyrkja when she was a puppy, but not after she grew up. I could pull it off if she wore a harness, but she never has a harness when walking in the local mountains. So she was better off at the foot of the rock.

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Karma waiting for daddy at Dyrkyrkja

From Dyrkyrkja, I have a great view towards Myrvågtoppen – where I live.

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Where I live…

We then continued across Lidafjellet and up to Huldrehornet. It’s really a nice forest for hiking, but the path needs maintenance in several places. So, we’ve got work cut for us over the coming years…

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On top of Huldrehornet

Trip statistics: 6,4km, 330 vertical meters, 1h:40m

Pictures (Canon EOS RP/Iphone8) from the hike:

Saudehornet (1303m), Sep 21 2019

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Saudehornet above Ørsta

Saturday: Along with the weekend came the sunshine, and along with the past rain came the snow in the higher mountains. I drove to Ørsta without a particular target in mind, but fell completely for Saudehornet when it came into view.

I decided to hike from Vallabøen, and Karma immediately realized that she would have a tough hike ahead of her and submitted an official protest (by sitting down). Fortunately for me, she is a well behaved dog and after explaining that this would be an epic hike, she agreed to come along.

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On our way!

Not only was the weather great, it was hot too! Around 20 deg. C. when we left the trailhead. Not bad, given that we got a proper hail shower a few days earlier! I had to take the shirt off after a few minutes and wondered if I would reach the snowy top without a shirt. That would be the first time on this particular mountain.

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On Vallahornet

The snow began at approx. 1000m elev. and it made the rocks slippery.

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Looking down on Vallahornet

The snow was also deep in places and sneakers was not the best choice for this terrain. In the steepest part, I put Karma on a leash so that she would not kick loose any rocks. We had other hikers below us.

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It’s quite steep here. A loose rock must be avoided at all cost!

At 1200m it got a bit chilly and I had to put my shirt back on. It was still wet from sweating the first minutes of the hike.

And eventually, we reached the top!

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On top of Saudehornet

The views from up here are SO awesome!

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Mountain heaven…

And an “endless” chain of peaks that I have either done or will do…

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Looking at my past and my very near future (2020, I hope)

Eventually, it was time get off this mountain. Karma told me so.

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BORED!!!!

We took it nice and easy down the steep part. This was not a place to get an injury…

This hike -almost- made the whole week. At least, I had forgotten about the many miserable rainy hikes for the past 2 weeks. It only takes one sunny day!

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Ørsta

Trip statistics: 8km, 1260 vertical meters, 3,5 hours

Pictures (Canon EOS RP/Iphone8) from the hike:

Rambjøra (132m), Sep 22 2019

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Our hike from home and across Rambjøra

Sunday: There was a big project at work this weekend. Fortunately, I had only responsibilities on Sunday, which allowed me to hike Saudehornet on Saturday.

My working day started at 6am, and continued until 11:30am when I had the time to hike across my local mountain Rambjøra during the lunch break. The path begins at my house!

The weather was gorgeous, and the hiker in me felt great pain about not being in the higher mountains. But the professional worker in me also wanted to take part of the big project. So, it was OK. After all, I went up to Saudehornet the day before when many of my colleagues worked all day.

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On Rambjøra

Karma and I took the usual round trip and descended to Dragsundflata. My 30min lunch break got extended to 45 minutes, but I didn’t miss anything important.

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View from Rambjøra

Trip statistics: 3,5km, 130 vertical meters, 45mins

 

Rjåhornet (600m), Sep 22 2019

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Our route up and down Rjåhornet

Still Sunday: At 5:30pm, my 2nd part of the working day was over. I had to be back on in a couple of hours, and work into the late evening. But there was time for a short hike, and the choice fell on Rjåhornet.

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Rjåhornet seen from Stemmedalen

I drove to Stemmedalen and hiked from there. The afternoon colors were beautiful and my local mountain Huldrehornet looked quite nice!

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Huldrehornet

We kept a good pace up the mountain, but I never miss any views – and especially not on a day like this.

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The coastal islands on Ytre Søre Sunnmøre

On top, Karma enjoyed her summit treat before we returned the same way.

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Yum…

And the view we are given on the way down is just superb!

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Leaving Rjåhornet

Back home, I went straight to work again. It was altogether a strange day. I put in 15 hours of work, and hiked two tops (albeit one was pretty low). But the project turned out be a successful one and we all could make a BIG TICK on our task list…

Trip statistics: 5,9km, 600 vertical meters, 1h:19m

Pictures (Canon EOS RP) from the hike:

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