2020 Week 8

Another challenging weather week, but with one exception…

Peaks visited:

Peak Height PF Location WCP
Huldrehornet 271m 113m Herøy, M&R, Norway WCP
Lidafjellet 200m 47m Herøy, M&R, Norway WCP
Rørene 295m 72m Ålesund, Norway WCP
Myklebusthornet 329m 329m Ålesund, Norway WCP
Garnestua 653m 415m Ulstein, Norway WCP
Rambjøra 132m 109m Herøy, M&R, Norway WCP
Høgåsen 240m 240m Ulstein, Norway WCP
Svarane 191m 43m Ulstein, Norway WCP
Stemnehornet 190m 43m Ulstein, Norway WCP
Huldrehornet 271m 113m Herøy, M&R, Norway WCP
Huldrehornet 271m 113m Herøy, M&R, Norway WCP
Hasundhornet 533m 93m Ulstein, Norway WCP
Sandvikshornet 352m 13m Herøy, M&R, Norway
This hike on Garnestua saved the week…

Huldrehornet (271m), Lidafjellet (200m), Feb 17 2020

The round trip hike across Huldrehornet and Lidafjellet

Monday: As it was pouring down all day, I didn’t expect that I would go hiking at all when I left work in Hjørungavåg. The windshields were going nuts…

But when I got home to Myrvåg, it wasn’t raining just there and I decided to take Karma for a walk in the Huldrehornet forest. I decided to walk until a) it started pouring down or b) it got dark. Whatever came first.

We took the forest route up from Myrvågane – a route I like but seldom hike.

On our way to Huldrehornet, with Rjåhornet in the background

As it still wasn’t raining, we headed for Huldrehornet and it was really, really windy on top. When I took the camera out of the backpack, I had to secure the backpack so it didn’t blew off the mountain. And it wasn’t empty either…

On the very windy Huldrehornet

We were still in the clear of the rain showers that seemed to be everywhere around us, and took a steep, off-trail descent to get on the path to lake Stemmedalsvatnet. Then we followed the path across Lidafjellet. I was actually considering doing the same route as one week earlier – meaning I would have to go back up to Huldrehornet. But just then came the rain, and we continued across Dyrkyrkja and returned home.

I was mighty pleased about doing almost 2 hours of walking this afternoon! Not what I had imagined earlier in the day…

On Lidafjellet, with rain moving in

Trip statistics: 8,2km, 555 vertical meters, 1h:53m

Rørene (295m), Myklebusthornet (329m), Feb 18 2020

Today’s route to Myklebusthornet

Tuesday: Every morning, before going to work, I always pack my backpack and bring all the hiking gear I need for any afternoon condition. Even skiing. It’s a ritual with two main aspects: a) stay positive – it can clear up and b) if it doesn’t, then still stay positive – and don’t let the weather get to you.

This Tuesday was one of these days. It was raining most of the day, but not when I left work in Ålesund. I drove to Ellingsøya island to visit Myklebusthornet and parked at sea level by Straumane. It was still not raining and I hoped to cover some distance before it would start raining again.

My trailhead at Straumane. As close to sea level as it gets…

We almost got up to Rørene when the nasty weather caught up with us. It didn’t take long before both Karma and I were dripping wet. A hail shower preceded the rain shower. Nice…

The ridge we came up. The bad weather is moving in

On Rørene, it was windy too. Karma gave me the unmistakable “can we turn around now?” look, but I told her that “it’s just one rain shower”. That was kind of true, except that the rain shower lasted for the rest of the hike.

On Rørene. Myklebusthornet in the background.

We continued towards Myklebusthornet and the rain was just POURING across the ridge.

Looking back on Rørene. It was really unpleasant being here…

My only motivation for continuing was that this route would get me a fair amount of vertical meters. 610 in total (upwards only). Which is not bad when the high point is only 329m above sea level.

On the ridge to Myklebusthornet

Eventually we reached the top of Myklebusthornet, and I had to decide if we should descend here and get away from the wind, but also get at least 3,5km along the main road. And – no additional vertical gain. Or – descend the way we came – across Rørene. In the end, the vertical gain was too tempting and we returned the way we came.

Karma on Myklebusthornet

When we got back to Rørene, it was darkening and I decided to keep a good pace down the forest so that I didn’t have to use the headlamp. I’ve said it before; it’s just a thing. Not important at all. I don’t know. I like daylight. And we made it down in time. Oh – how nice it was to change into dry clothes and get the car warmed up

Descending from Rørene

Trip statistics: 7,7km, 610 vertical meters, 1h:48m

Garnestua (653m), Feb 19 2020

Our route up and down Garnestua

Wednesday: Today we got a most welcome break between days and days with rain, snow, hail and wind. After work, I sat my eyes on Garnestua and the route from Ytre Haddal.

Garnestua. We would be hiking up the ridge to the far right

The forest was free of snow (almost) but I knew what would be awaiting on the high ridge – deep snow. But until then, just enjoy the awesome light

Rjåhornet on Gurskøya

I wasn’t wrong about the snow depth on the high ridge and while the snow for the most part carried Karma’s weight

A happy dog – on the ridge towards Garnestua

… it didn’t carry me. But today that was not a worry. At all…

10/10 on the NICE scale…

I live for these days…

Almost there…

Eventually we reached the top and I was -almost- sad that there was no more mountain ahead of us. I’m not really sure if Karma gives a rat’s ass about the beautiful colors, but at least she seemed happy.

On top of Garnestua

And then it was time to get back down..


Trip statistics: 5,3km, 610 vertical meters, 1h:50m

Pictures (Canon EOS RP) from the hike:

Rambjøra (132m), Feb 21 2020

Our route across Rambjøra

Friday: The weather forecast from Thursday and out the week was grim. On my way home from work on Thursday, a snow storm came in and as I was already quite tired I didn’t feel than being outdoors longer than it takes to move from my car and to my front door. Which is a really short distance…

The weather wasn’t much better on Friday after work. The rain was pouring down and the wind was howling. But I could just not stay indoors two days in a row, pulled myself together and took the dog for a walk to our local top Rambjøra.

Karma is ready to take off. She’s not allowed to, though…

Karma loves this hike, which was a slight comfort. I was just thinking about how overgrown the path is and I need to put in some serious effort here.

On our way to Rambjøra

When we reached the top, I was so wet that I might just go on walking. But then I got a text from Anne, saying she had already reached Volda. So, I decided to take the shortest route back down. I had a feeling we would get to my house around the same time, and we did – at the exact same time! I didn’t have the best conscience about my limited footwork the last two days, but now we would spend the evening together with other good friends and so it would be a good Friday evening after all.

On top of Rambjøra

Trip statistics: 3,4km, 110 vertical meters, 48 minutes

Høgåsen (250m), Svarane (191m), Stemnehornet (190m), Feb 22 2020

Our Dimnøya walk

Saturday: The normal procedure for a Saturday after an evening with our friends Lena & Terje would be to park Anne’s car in Garneskrysset and hike across Hasundhornet to pick up my car at Strandabøen (where I left it the night before).

But today, the wind was strong and the hail showers would be painful for Karma at that elevation and I proposed to do the “big round” (Storronda) on Dimnøya island. The first hail shower came early on and I was so glad we were inside the forest at the time.

In the forest, sheltered from the worst hail

Then it cleared up, and we could enjoy the island high point (Høgåsen) with some blue sky above.

On top of Høgåsen

Then it was time to visit Svarane and Stemnehornet. If we could only get to Stemnehornet before the next hail shower, we would be sheltered by the forest for the rest of the hike.

Our route onwards

We passed these tops and when we got back into the forest, we could see that something was coming our way…

Something’s moving in…

It seemed like it was a biggie… It’s not nice to be in a hail shower, but they’re awesome to look at. From a distance…

Quite awesome…

Eventually, the hail shower came our way

Fortunately, we’re in the forest again

Next stop was Uglesætra where Anne accepted my challenge. I really hoped the ropes would hold. I swear 😉

If you ask me, the ropes look perfectly solid!

As long as we get hail showers, there will be more hikes in this forest…

Trip statistics: 7,7km, 480 vertical meters, 1h:11m

Pictures (Canon EOS RP) from the hike:

Huldrehornet x 2 (271m), Feb 22 2020

My tracks up and down Huldrehornet

Still Saturday: After the hike across the Dimnøya tops, I felt a certain “need” to make up for some of the “lost” vertical meters on Thursday and Friday. Hence, I decided to do a double-hike to Huldrehornet that would “balance my account” with 500 vertical meters.

View down from the Huldrehornet path

On my first hike up to the top, the weather was not nice.

Listening to Lil Wayne’s new album – Funeral. The music fit the weather
On top of Huldrehornet

On my second hike, the weather was better, but it was still really windy. But Saturday evening would now get far better…

Rjåhornet seen from Huldrehornet

Trip statistics: 4,4km, 500 vertical meters, 1h:06m

Huldrehornet (271m), Feb 23 2020

Our route across Huldrehornet

Sunday: Anne was leaving early but asked me if I wanted to join her on a hike to Huldrehornet first. I was really low on energy and had to really pull myself together just to wrap my head around the idea of hiking. It’s that “thing” again – the one I’ve previously referred to as a virus. Now, I think it’s a reaction (allergy) to some kind of food and it’s a repeating pattern – occurred a number of  times since December. I will just need to make a spreadsheet of what I’m eating and see if I can find the culprit.

But eventually, we got on our way and had a nice hike up the Huldrehornet forest.

On our way to Huldrehornet

Now that I was outdoors, I started to think about where I would go next, after Anne had left. But first we had to get to Huldrehornet…

The ridge to the top

We reached the top of Huldrehornet 11:05am, and this was my 3rd visit to the top since 4pm the day before!

On top of Huldrehornet

Should I visit Rjåhornet? Nah, been there several times lately.


What about Haddalshornet or Blåtind? Nah, for the same reason. Besides, there would be a lot of snow to deal with.

Blåtind and Haddalshornet – in the center

Hasundhornet? Yes! Not only does this top offer less snow than other nearby tops but I hadn’t been there in 2020.

Hasundhornet – my next goal

Trip statistics: 4,5km, 275 vertical meters, 1h:39m

Hasundhornet (533m), Feb 23 2020

Our hike across Hasundhornet

Sunday: With Anne on her way to Sogndal, I took Karma and drove to Garsholhaugen outside Ulsteinvik, aiming for Hasundhornet. I’ve noticed that this route has surprisingly little snow after heavy snowfall. And this was also the case today. Heading up was not strenuous at all.

En route to Hasundhornet

After a while, we had a good view towards Dimnøya island, where Anne, Karma and I did a round trip walk across the island tops the day before.

Dimnøya island

We still had sunshine but the dark blue color indicated that “something” was coming in from the ocean.

So far, a really nice hike

Reaching the top was a cold, cold experience. The cairn provided some shelter but it was clear that we wouldn’t stay long.

On top of Hasundhornet

It was tempting to go to Garnestua, but I didn’t want to be up there if bad weather came upon us. So, I decided to descend on the other side of the mountain – along a route I’ve not done before.

Garnestua seen from Hasundhornet

I aimed for the pass between Hasundhornet and point 459m.


From the pass I found a route down what was clearly steep enough. With just a little more ice this would have been a no-go. Going through the juniper bush was a small nightmare. Even worse for Karma…

Where we got off the mountain

Eventually, we found the forest path down to Hasund. I love a “green environment“…

Karma more happy now – with plenty of forest check out…

I drove into Ulsteinvik after the hike and when I looked back on the mountain, I could see that it was far less pleasant up there now. And it was getting worse by the minute.

Looking back on Hasundhornet from Ulsteinvik

Trip statistics: 5,9km, 535 vertical meters, 1h:50m

Sandvikhornet (352m), Feb 23 2020

Our route up and down Sandvikhornet

Sunday: After the hike to Hasundhornet, we went back home and I spent some time on the sofa watching Norwegians “win the lot” in the Ski Tour and Men’s Biathlon World Championship. The snow was falling horizontally outside my window. But I had this feeling that I hadn’t accomplished my goal of 550 vertical meters in average this week. I reckoned that I ought to do one more hike to be on the safe side. And Sandvikhornet seemed like a good option, with 350 vertical meters and not so much effort.

Then the snowfall took a pause. I decided to get ready and leave when the next wave of snow came along. It didn’t take too long and when I arrived at Tjørvåg (only a 5-minute drive) I was in the outskirts of the passing shower. The timing couldn’t be better. Karma and I then headed up the gravel road leading to Sandvikskaret.

On our way to Sandvikskaret, with Sandvikhornet above

At Sandvikskaret, the weather was still holding up and I decided to hike really fast. I was even wearing sneakers and had brought poles to make sure I could go as fast as I could.

At Sandvikskaret

20 minutes later (which is NOT as fast as I can go), we stood on top of Sandvikhornet – which is just a hump on the beginning of the much longer and higher ridge. But – it is a named point and a popular walk.

On top of Sandvikhornet

Out in the ocean, I could see the next shower moving in – fast! Snow is normally not a problem for Karma, but when accompanied with a strong wind – it can get unpleasant. So, I decided that a fast descent was in order.

Snow moving in from the sea

The shower was much faster than we were and pretty soon we were in the middle of it. But for every meter we descended, we got less wind. So we were quite OK.

Descending from Sandvikhornet

Back in Sandvikskaret, the snow kept on coming but there was no wind down here and we could have a nice stroll back to the trailhead.

Back in Sandvikskaret

It turned out that my week average before this hike was “only” 525m. But with 360 additional vertical meters, the average was now 576m. Which made me rest of the evening a little bit better…

Trip statistics: 4,4km, 360 vertical meters, 48 minutes

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