2020 Week 5

Quite a good week…

On Sloktinden, Godøya island

Peaks visited:

Peak Height PF Location WCP
Rundevarden 333m 333m Herøy, M&R, Norway WCP
Rundebranden 294m 141m Herøy, M&R, Norway WCP
Sloktinden 442m 34m Giske, Norway WCP
Storhornet 497m 497m Giske, Norway WCP
Meraftafjellet 578m 578m Skodje, Norway WCP
Sulafjellet 776m 776m Sula, M&R, Norway WCP
Haddalshornet 611m 103m Ulstein, Norway WCP
Gjøna 531m 163m Sande, Norway WCP
Saursegga 516m 93m Sande, Norway WCP
Grøthornet 298m 50m Sande, Norway WCP
Breidfjellet 535m 72m Ulstein, Norway WCP
Sarshornet 543m 50m Ulstein, Norway WCP
Storebroren 620m 177m Hareid/Ulstein, Norway WCP

Varden (333m), Rundebranden (294m), Jan 27 2020

Our route across Varden and Rundebranden

Monday: The whatever-it-was virus-ish thing that kept me down the past week finally seemed to let go, and I felt fairly normal when I woke up this Monday morning.

After work, I joined Anne on her work trip to Runde island in the afternoon. She would inspect the paths up from Goksøyr, making notes about whatever needed to be fixed.

On our way to Runde. Unfortunately, we don’t have a cage in Anne’s work car

She let Karma and me off after the bridge. It’s now the way we do these Runde visits. Karma and I hike across the island high point (Varden), before setting the course towards Rundebranden via Sandshornet. And then meet up with Anne – somewhere…

Made it up to the ridge, setting course for the high point

It was nice to escape the rain for a change, and we had a nice hike up the mountain. Once we reached the ridge, the cliffs came into view. It’s a mighty sight!

View towards Rundebranden

It took us 35 minutes up to the high point. It was really nice to hike with terrain shoes again!

On Varden – 333m above sea level
View from Varden

We descended down to the lakes (Sandvatna and Holmevatnet) before going up to Sandshornet.

On Sandshornet. Now, where is Anne?

I wondered where Anne was at. I gave her a call, but she didn’t answer. I went down to the top of Kaldekloven, where a guy told me that “a person in blue” was heading up Rundebranden. So, Karma and I went quickly up there and found Anne on top.

On Rundebranden

We descended via Raudtinden and it had turned dark by the time we reached Anne’s car at Goksøyr. This was a very nice start to the week!

Trip statistics: 7,8km, 600 vertical meters, 1h:55m

Sloktinden (442m), Storhornet (497m), Jan 28 2020

Our route across Sloktinden and Storhornet

Tuesday: After work in Ålesund, I decided to drive to Godøya and – if I was lucky – witness my first sunset in 2020.

On my way to Godøya (right)

I decided to do the same round trip hike I did last year; from the school, across Sloktinden and Storhornet, down to Gjuv and back along the new gravel road. The time was 3:47pm when we were ready to head out (I left work a little early) and I really looked forward to get going!

The trailhead

Since I was here the last time, they had finished the rocky path up to- and across Sloktinden. I was mighty impressed with this work, and the result was superb!

Oh – this is nice!

I really, really love this island. There’s so many fun places to go. Like this route. Or the routes from Alnes or Gjuv. And not to forget the beach route between Gjuv and Alnes or the many cool off-trail scrambling routes on the west side. And Johan Skytt, of course – the rock above Alnes that will really test your comfort with exposure.

Towards Sloktinden

Looking down the ridge, I seemed to remember that I had done the entire ridge route, but it was so long ago that I will just have to repeat it.

Looking down the ridge

Eventually we reached Sloktinden. And – I got my sunset

My first sunset in 2020!

We moved over to Storhornet where a small group of students were leaving as we came.

On Storhornet, 497m above sea level

The time was now 4:37pm, and it would be fairly dark within 20 minutes. But I decided that I would make it all the way back to the trailhead without switching the headlamp on.

Ålesund view

Better get going…

Down the Gjuv route

Oh, this was a nice trip. Back at the car, I was very thankful for the returned energy and the nice weather.

Trip statistics: 7,8km, 630 vertical meters, 1h:45m

Meraftafjellet (578m), Jan 29 2020

Our route up and down Meraftafjellet

Wednesday: Another working day in Ålesund, and after work I decided to go for Meraftafjellet – the high point on Uksenøya island. This time – NOT along the forest paths but the off-trail routes I used to do when I lived in Ålesund (2006-2008).

I drove to Heggebakk and we followed the tractor road up to the large meadow.

About to go VERY off-trail…

From here, it was all off-trail up the forest. It was steep, but nice. No rain, no wind – just hard work. We reached the top 50 minutes after leaving the car.

On top of Meraftafjellet

The time was 4:37pm (the same time as when I was on top of Storhornet the day before) and I wondered if I was able to make it back without switching the headlamp on.


We took a parallel route down – a bit further west – and it was really dark in the lower forest. But once back on the tractor road, the headlamp was not needed and we returned to the car (5:18pm) without using it.

Ålesund view. Godøya (where I was the day before) in the background

Trip statistics: 4,9km, 580 vertical meters, 1h:34m

Vardane/Sulafjellet (776m), Jan 30 2020


Our route up and down Sulafjellet

Thursday: Ålesund for the 3rd day in a row. Getting up at 5am 3 days in a row is just … hard! The working days are hard too, then I go hiking and it’s often 7-8pm before I return home. The hiking is voluntary of course, but the dog needs the exercise. No complaint though. I know how privileged I am, having an interesting job and the health to go hiking.

After work, I decided to hike to the high point on Sulafjellet. This time from Mauseid. It’s a long walk (11km in total) and I would get back home late if I didn’t push it.

Heading out from Mauseid. Sulafjellet in the background

Along the forest road to Rollonhytta (3,4km), I partly walked, partly jogged. But jogging with a 8kg backpack isn’t easy. What’s there to bring? Not much, really. But in addition to the camera, if I should take a fall and break a leg, I don’t want to freeze to death on the mountain. And then there’s some extra hardware; crampons, headlamp, GPS, phone, etc. Better be prepared…

Passing Rollonhytta

The thin layer of snow was a delight to walk on, but just beneath the snow was ice. I better not forget that on the way down…

Looking back on Svanshornet – visited Jan 14.

It took us 1h:15m to get to top. 4:50pm. Quite a leap from the 51 minutes it took in 2016. When I was young(er)…

On Vardane – the Sulafjellet high point

One day, I’ll get back into running shape. It’s a goal…

We spent a couple of minutes on top enjoying the view towards Ålesund

Ålesund view
Ålesund (zoomed in)

…and Hareidlandet. I actually made the 6pm ferry from Sulesund to Hareid!

Hareidlandet island.

When we left the top, I was determined to run all the way down. Carefully, though. The ice below the snow was dangerous. I took two falls before reaching Rollonhytta. I’m good at falling, it seems and got away with it. The time was 5:41pm when we returned to the car. No headlamp!

Starting our 5,5km jog back to the car

Trip statistics: 11,5km, 750 vertical meters, 2h:06m

Haddalshornet (611m), Jan 31 2020

Our route across Haddalshornet

Friday: The last day of the month! In the beginning of the month, when I realized that I would have a challenge in terms of the energy level and not to mention the weather, I decided that I would try to reach 500 vertical meters and 5km on foot or skis per day (in average) before the end of the month. That would mean 15,500 vertical meters and 155Km by the end of Friday.

So, how was I doing so far? Quite good, actually. On Friday morning, my stats read 15,020 vertical meters and 204,2km. I just needed mere 500 vertical meters to reach my goal and decided to “celebrate” on top of Haddalshornet.

Haddalshornet (right) seen from close to my house

I decided to do a round trip hike from Indre Haddal. The weather this week had been good so far, but now it was raining.

In Klungsdalen. Blåtind above.

It was really tempting to go for the ultra-steep route (I’ve never heard about anyone else – except friends I brought along – going up there) up from Klungsdalen, but as I expected that there could be ice on this route. And I couldn’t remember if I ever brought Karma there. There is a very awkward section where I’m more happy when I have the ice-axe, so she’s probably not been there.

Tempting to go straight up, but not today…

But, we found a steep enough route a bit higher up. Nothing dangerous, just steep.

Steep enough…

And then we reached the top of Haddalshornet and I could “celebrate” having reached my “hairy” goal for January. 15,580 vertical meters. and 208,4km on foot and on skis. This was my 113th visit to this top.

For descent, we took the west flank. A route I’ve done many, many times.

About to descend the west flank

Trip statistics: 4,3km, 560 vertical meters, 1h:18m

Gjøna (531m), Saursegga (516m), Feb 1 2020

Our route across Gjøna and Saursegga

Saturday: I DID celebrate my January achievement on Friday night and killed a handful of beers. That’s slightly above normal and I anticipated a slow Saturday. But, I got up at 7am feeling just fine.

After breakfast, I decided to pay Gjøna a visit and drove to Muren to do the straight-up route that I’ve grown to love since I discovered it in 2019.

Gjøna to the right. The route runs straight up.

The weather was hard to predict. It was raining when I drove to Gjerdsvika, but I hoped it would stop. Due to the steep route, I decided to bring my poles. Which I normally don’t – when not skiing.

Ready for a steep ascent

I was a bit surprised to discover a fresh layer of snow above 300 meters. That said, the coastline weather should never really surprise me…

I enjoyed the steep ascent up from Muren. The poles really helped and it took us only 40 minutes to reach the top.

On Gjøna. The route towards Saursegga in the background

I now really looked forward to continue towards Saursegga. The thin layer of snow was delightful to walk on.

Leaving Gjøna

But I had to take it nice and easy in the steep drop down to the saddle.

Saursegga ahead. There’s a steep drop in-between

I always enjoy looking back on Gjøna. It’s a fine peak…

Gjøna, aka Nipa

I wasn’t really sure where I was going next, other than crossing Saursegga. Perhaps go to Haugshornet or even Nørdbergsheida. But I wanted to get some extra vertical meters, in order to get a good start of February, and the vertical meter/km ratio ahead of me wasn’t very rewarding and I decided to go for a second hike later on.

Across Saursegga

We continued to Hanen, where I decided to follow the marked route back to Muren (via Selhaugane) – a route that I’ve not done before. I was in a jolly good mood when we returned to the car.


Descending towards Muren

Trip statistics: 6,8km, 700 vertical meters, 1h:58m

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

Grøthornet (298m), Feb 1 2020

Our route across Svedehornet and Grøthornet

Saturday: After the hike across Gjøna and Saursegga, I stopped in Gursken to buy some bananas and something to drink. Then I drove up to to Drageskaret to … just get some additional vertical meters. My initial goal was just up to Svedehornet and back.

Drageskaret trailhead

From the trail, I had a good view towards the peaks that we just visited.

Looking back on Gjøna and Saursegga

It was really nice to be back on a snowy trail!

On our way to Svedehornet

We reached the top of Svedehornet (396m) which isn’t a real top and the maps refer to this point as Knottehornet. The signposts says Knottehornet is a different point. I am confused.

On Svedehornet

Then I noticed a marked path that went down in the direction of the lakes. I assumed this path would run across Grøthornet, and I knew that there was a path from Grøthornet back to Drageskaret. So, I decided to see where it would take us.

Heading for Grøthornet

It took us down to the meadow between lakes Morkavatnet and Svartevatnet and clearly – continued up to Grøthornet.

Veten – still not visited in 2020 yet. It won’t be long, though…

On our way up to Grøthornet, it started to snow. Without the wind, it was just enjoyable.

On Grøthornet, enjoying the snowfall…

From Grøthornet, we followed the marked route back to Drageskaret. Back at the car, I actually considered doing more hiking but ended up with driving back home. Better not overdo things. Don’t want to wake up on Sunday with no energy left…

Trip statistics: 4,2km, 300 vertical meters, 1h:05m

Breidfjellet (535m), Sarshornet (543m), Storebroren (620m), Feb 2 2020


Our route across Storebroren (the big brother)

Sunday: Today, I decided to go for Storebroren – the top on Hareidlandet where you’re most exposed if you run into bad weather. There’s no immediate escape off this top, and there was a fair chance that we could run into bad weather today. I still decided to take my chances.

I assumed the amount of snow would be the same as the day before. That was a wrong assumption. I also assumed we had a 10-11km round trip hike ahead of us. I was wrong about that too. In fact, we if I had known how strenuous this would be, I would not have taken it on.

The Midtflødalen trailhead

The first part was quite OK. We followed the road up Midtflødalen, and then turned right on the road leading to Roppemarka.

Aiming for the pass far right. Storebroren to the left.

Before we even got to the end of the tractor road, fog was upon us and it had started snowing. I decided to put the suit on Karma.

Ready for what may come…

When we got to the Roppehornet – Trollvassegga saddle, we had been hiking for 3,8km and the weather didn’t seem to improve. That was kind of OK, though. I expected this to be a passing shower and I’d rather take the bad weather up front than getting it on Storebroren.

Up Trollvassegga

We reached the top of Breidfjellet, and so far, so good. Although we could have done without the wind…

On Breidfjellet

As we sat course for Sarshornet, it started to clear up. I just hoped that it didn’t clear up too early. I know how weird that sounds, but we’re talking showers here…

Looking good!

And on our way to Sarshornet, the snow got deep enough to make progress much more strenuous than how it had been so far. On the upside, we now had Storebroren in clear view.

Towards Sarshornet, with Storebroren in view

The final hill up to Sarshornet was tough, and I wondered if my plan for a full round trip was a bit too optimistic.

Up Sarshornet

But it helped to reach the top of Sarshornet. Only one hill left before we stood on top of Storebroren…

On Sarshornet. Quite tired already!

As it was clearing up, we headed towards Storebroren with an optimistic mindset.

Storebroren is next up!

The 130 vertical meter ascent up to Storebroren was bloody hard work, but eventually we got there. I didn’t care at all about the fog coming back. And now we were on the most remote top on the entire Hareidlandet island (relatively speaking…). If we got a good whopping of snow and hail now, it would not be pleasant.

On Storebroren

Fortunately, we just got fog and we plowed our way across Midtre (612m) and Nøre (605m) Broren before descending toward the Tørlingeskaret pass.

No short-cut to the lake from here…

On Tørlingehaugane, I got the 5km Midtflødalen road in view and my energy was back. Karma was also tired. She initially laid down here, but got up when I told her that we would be taking a picture.

On Tørlingehaugane. I longed to be down on that road…

We moved on and I was quite happy when we finally were down on the road in Midtflødalen.


But 5km is 5km and we weren’t back just yet. But it surely helped to have solid ground below the snow.

Further down in the valley, we met other hikers. I chatted with some of them, and they seemed mind-boggled about my round trip hike. I still believed I only had hiked 10-11km and was shocked when I uploaded the GPS track back home. 17,5km is a “good walk” on a nice summer’s day. In deep snow, it’s a “bloody long walk”!

We had a nice walk down Midtflødalen…

On the upside, it was a terrific hiking week! Fortunately, the virus is dead and buried…

Trip statistics: 17,5km, 870 vertical meters, 4h:15m

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

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