2020 Week 26

More trail work…

Another heavy load up Øyrahornet


Date Peak/Place Height PF Location WCP
22.06.2020 Svedehornet 404m 30m Sande, Norway WCP
22.06.2020 Grøthornet 298m 50m Sande, Norway WCP
23.06.2020 Rambjøra 132m 109m Herøy, M&R, Norway WCP
24.06.2020 Øyrahornet 417m 42m Herøy, M&R, Norway WCP
24.06.2020 Slettheia 553m 49m Herøy, M&R, Norway WCP
25.06.2020 Roppehornet 412m 45m Ulstein, Norway WCP
26.06.2020 Rambjøra 132m 109m Herøy, M&R, Norway WCP
26.06.2020 Gåsneset Ulstein, Norway
27.06.2020 Rundebranden 294m 141m Herøy, M&R, Norway WCP
28.06.2020 Øyrahornet 417m 42m Herøy, M&R, Norway WCP
28.06.2020 Slettheia 553m 49m Herøy, M&R, Norway WCP

After a busy week with developing a new route and clearing bush from existing trails, I started the week low on energy. I have no clue what’s going on, but decided to do nothing about it until the summer is over. Perhaps I would get some answers in my summer break, absent from work and home.

Svedehornet (404m), Grøthornet (298m), June 23 2020

My round trip route across Svedehornet and Grøthornet

Monday: I decided to drive to the Drageskaret trailhead on Gurskøya island for an easy walk along a good trail. Low on energy as I was, I had no further ambition than making up the first hill and take it from there.

At Drageskaret

My buddy Bjørn Skoge and the rest of the team from Gursken IL has done an amazing job on the trails in this region!

Many options at Drageskaret

First, we stopped by Knottahornet. I was actually not sure if I had been there before. It’s hardly a hump, which explains why I could have been ignoring it.

On Knottahornet

The weather was still beautiful and we could enjoy the nice view towards Gursken fjord.

The Gursken fjord

We continued over to Svedehornet – which the map calls Knottahornet. And the Svedehornet signpost is not even at the high point. Altogether very confusing, but the view was still nice.

View from Svedehornet high point

I normally visit Veten when I hike from Drageskaret, but not today. Instead I chose to return to the trailhead via Grøthornet. A route I’ve hiked once before. I didn’t mind a revisit.

Grøthornet seen from Svedehornet

Trip statistics: 4,6km, 320 vertical meters, 1h:10m

Pictures (Canon EOS RP) from the hike:

Rambjøra (132m), June 23 2020

Our hike across Rambjøra

Tuesday: My energy was still low and I settled for trail maintenance in my local forest.

Patience, dear Karma. This takes time!

It’s actually hard work – ripping the bush up with the roots and all, but my body feels much better once I get into manual labor.

View from Rambjøra

Trip statistics: 3,6km, 160 vertical meters, 1h:45m

Øyrahornet (417m), Slettheia (553m), June 24 2020

Our route across Øyrahornet and Slettheia

Wednesday: Today, I had more energy and decided to continue on developing the new route between Øyrahornet and Selsteinen. The only problem was the heat…

I sure know how to pick the day for heavy loads and steep hills…

Almost on top of Øyrahornet, we stopped and enjoyed the “bench view“. Carrying the load of sticks would be much easier from here.

Øyrahornet “bench view”

When I posted the below picture on Facebook, the subtitle was “It’s so hot that Karma tries to find shelter in the shade

Enough shade for you?

But progress was good and I had completed the route across “Rumpene“. Now I was starting on the hillside towards Slettheia.

This will be good…

Again, we descended into Øyradalen to make it a round trip hike.

Happy dog, happy owner

Trip statistics: 7,7km, 620 vertical meters, 2h:50m

Roppehornet (412m), June 25 2020

Our hike across Roppehornet

Thursday: I was in need for some other terrain than my local terrain and chose to hike Roppehornet near Flø. A top I hadn’t visited for some years. We started out from Gåsneset.

Heading out from Gåsneset

I was wondering if we would get fog on top. That would be a shame, because the coastal view is beautiful from up there.

The fog is moving out

But, the fog didn’t amount to much and was just nice to look at – from above.

Staying above the fog

Then I decided to try out a whole new route from the top. I noticed that a path was going to the north and then it turned northeast.

Looking down on Flø

We followed it down the ridge, but the lost it. After off-trail hiking across the meadow, we found a tractor road that took us down to farms and cows. I didn’t want to hike among cows and made some “evasive maneuvers” – only to end up in a flock of sheep. To get away from the sheep, we had to jump a fence and scared the daylights out of a poor woman working on her tan on her terrace.

We followed the beach and the “Larsstien” trail along the main road, back to Gåsneset. It was really nice.

Along the beach on our way back to Gåsneset

Trip statistics: 7,2km, 450 vertical meters, 1h:54m

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

Rambjøra (132m), June 26 2020

Our route up and down Rambjøra

Friday: I was now totally committed to leaving the Rambjøra trail in a good shape before going on my summer break. It was quite shocking how overgrown it had become.

The path from Møre Skule

It’s hard work and I might only cover 100 meters on an evening, but the result is quite good.

This was just bush two weeks ago…

On top, Karma is rewarded for her patience – with treats.

On top of Rambjøra

Too bad really, to spend such a beautiful day on such a low hill, but it also feels nice to do something for the community.

View from Rambjøra

Trip statistics: 2,7km, 150 vertical meters, 1h:45m

Gåsneset, June 26 2020

Dinner out at Gåsneset

Friday: Anne had come to Sunnmøre – bringing Turte – Karma’s sister. She would be looking after the dog while the owners went on a trip. It’s interesting with these grown sisters – there doesn’t seem to be a whole lotta love. It’s hello, run around in circles a couple of times, then – total separation.

In any case, given the nice weather, we decided to drive to Gåsneset for barbecue. This was based on my recommendation, as I had passed this beach the day before!

Later, Anne wanted to go for a beach walk. Some of us lacked the inspiration. I blamed a couple of beers. Not sure what Karma’s excuse was.

Beach walk…

I get easily bored on beaches and miss my computer…

Killing time…

Rundebranden (294m), June 27 2020

Our route across Rundebranden

Saturday: The first part of the day was dedicated to painting the house. The easy walls had been completed and the two big walls were up next. As I have some vertigo on a tall ladder on a questionable surface, I decided to get some of my climbing gear.

No! The Jumar isn’t attached to my backpack!

After a painting session, we went down to Skyttenesvågen to cool off.


The water was incredibly warm. I enjoyed myself big time!


In the evening, we drove to Runde island. Anne would be on duty as a Park Ranger, in the popular Lundeura – where the puffins come in.

On our way up from Goksøyr

On the way up, the Great Skuas caught the usual attention.

Turte doesn’t give a damn…

Fun birds. Brave as heck, nesting a few meters away from the public trail.

Words of wisdom…

Anne went to Lundeura and I took Karma and Turte up to Rundebranden.

Towards Rundebranden

From the top, I could see that Lundeura was crowded – as expected.


Much better to have the top all to ourselves…

Turte and Karma on Rundebranden

We did a round trip hike before returning home…

Well-behaving sisters

Trip statistics: 5,5km, 300 vertical meters, 1h:33m

Pictures (Canon EOS RP/Iphone 8) from the hike:

Øyrahornet (417m), Slettheia (553m), June 28 2020

Our route across Øyrahornet and Slettheia

Sunday: I wanted to show Anne the new route I was developing, between Øyrahornet and Selsteinen. I tried not to think too much about the strenuous leg from Tjørvåg and up to Øyrahornet.

For the 4th time…

We stopped at the bench for the usual picture…

Bench view – now with 1 person and 2 dogs…
Turte, Anne and Karma

Today, I would fill the gap between Øyrahornet and where I started marking last week. Which meant I could get to work already at Øyrahornet.

A nice day outdoors…
Still have all my fingers…

It was nice to have the family around, presently extended to include Karma’s sister Turte.


After my work session ended, we continued up to Slettheia. The route between Øyrahornet and Slettheia had now been completed. But still I was only halfway to Selsteinen. This would however be the last session before my summer break.

On Slettheia

On our way down, we stopped by Øyraelvi to cool down and satisfy thirst…

Cooling down in Øyraelvi river

Trip statistics: 8km, 630 vertical meters, 3h:07m

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