2020 Week 34

Crap week, but some OK walks


Unstable weather while descending Melshornet
Date Peak/Place Height PF Location WCP
17.08.2020 Skriki 1232m 514m Sogndal, Norway WCP
18.08.2020 Fløtravarden 869m 59m Gloppen, Norway WCP
20.08.2020 Lidaveten 592m 439m Volda, Norway WCP
22.08.2020 Garnestua 653m 415m Ulstein, Norway WCP
22.08.2020 Hasundhornet 533m 93m Ulstein, Norway WCP
23.08.2020 Melshornet 668m 560m Hareid, Norway WCP

Skriki (1232m), Aug 17 2020

My route up and down Skriki

Monday: Another week, still in Sogndal. After two wonderful hikes in the weekend (Blåfjellet and Falketind), the general shape and form plummeted. Not surprising, as it’s gone up and down since January. I’m still working on figuring this out.

After work, I was dead tired but as a) the weather was gorgeous and b) Anne took Karma on a field trip to Hemsedalsfjellet, I simply HAD to drag myself up a mountain. The choice fell on Skriki, which I hadn’t been to since 2017.

I chose Øvstedalen as the starting point. It’s a nice trail up the forest, but I hoped I could figure out some sort of variation this time.

View from the trailhead. I am going past the cabins

The variation presented itself just below Vesleskriki. I had steep terrain above me, which I reckoned could be negotiated in an easy way.

Up this way…

Getting up wasn’t difficult and then I moved on in the direction of Storaskriki, but chose to begin my ascent up a distinct rocky area. Slabs and loose rock wasn’t quite what I had in mind when I looked at this section from a distance, but I got up without any difficulties and continued straight to the top.

Skriki ahead. I ascended the rocky section to the left

I *really* should be visiting this top annually, close as it is to Sogndal. I’ll try to do better from here on…

On top of Skriki

I had noticed some snow fields that I figured could be fun to slide down. But in case I slipped, I needed a braking mechanism. I found a sharp rock which would serve as emergency brakes in case I lost control.

Leaving my “ice axe” behind

Eventually I found the normal path and followed it down. It was a nice hike, and it was good to be back.  

Øvstedalen view. I parked the car near the right-hand curve

I should already have mentioned that Anne has got a brand new garden. I took this picture last Friday, and it only shows the new lawn.

Congratulations are in order!

She is also growing vegetables and before every dinner she makes a trip into the garden…

Any proteins along with that?

Trip statistics: 8,4km, 875 vertical meters, 2h:43m

Pictures from the trip (Canon EOS RP):

Fløtravarden (869m), Aug 18 2020

Our route up and down Fløtravarden

Tuesday: I had to return to Sunnmøre and stopped on Utvikfjellet to walk the dog. I decided to take the bike in the direction of Fløtravarden and just play it as it came.

On our way to Fløtravarden

After 1,4km I noticed a path towards Fløtravarden and decided to hike from here. We followed an OK path 2,1km up to the top.

On Fløtravarden

It was tempting to continue towards Snøfjellet (1006m). It would only have costed us 5 extra km, but my energy was low and I felt like having a fever – without having a fever. Better save what energy that is left for the drive back home.

View from Fløtravarden

Trip statistics: 4,1km on foot, 2,9km on bike, 250 vertical meters, 1h:17m

Pictures from the trip (Canon EOS RP):

Lidaveten (592m), Aug 20 2020

Our route across Lidaveten

Thursday: Not a good health day; body in severe stress. Hyper and fatigued at the same time. Soar throat and belly ache. But, I pulled myself together and drove to Steinnes to hike Lidaveten.

The trailhead at Steinnes

It’s been a while since I hiked from Steinnes. For a reason. The route is no fun at all!

Where is the trail???

But it gets better as you get higher. Or – it’s just the views improving…

Liahornet and Lidaveten

When we eventually reached the top, there was no way we would return the same route.

On top of Lidaveten

The Berkneset route is much better, leaving us with only 1,2km along the main road.

The Berkneset route

At this point, I only know the routes from Steinnes, Berkneset and Eideim. I’m curious if there are other routes up this mountain. The only way to find out is to ring doorbells and ask…

Ørsta view from Lidaveten

Trip statistics: 5,7km, 580 vertical meters, 1h:45m

Pictures from the trip (Canon EOS RP):

Karma got hair-cut, Aug 21 2020

Friday: Basically a shitty day, both in terms of weather and shape. But, I managed to (finally) give Karma a hair-cut. Celebration was called for…


Garnestua (653m), Hasundhornet (533m), Aug 22 2020

Our round-trip hike

Saturday: Another red day in my calendar; tension headache and too little sleep thanks to the neighbour who lost control of his dog during his 2am(!) walk. I could hear that the dog played hide and seek with his owner, and the hide-out was at on my doorstep. I was able to lure the little bastard into my hallway with treats and keep him there until the owner showed up.

Later in the day, I decided to take a hike up to Garnestua from Løsetvatnet and hoped that we would stay clear of the rain.

On our way to Garnestua

When we reached the top, the rain showers still hadn’t come in and I decided to extend the walk by including Hasundhornet.

On our way to Hasundhornet

When we reached Hasundhornet, we were still in the clear and I nominated that as the only bonus today.

On top of Hasundhornet

The new path down to the main road was nice, but the 2,7km along the gravel road was just boring. Still, I was very happy about pulling off a walk like this on such a bad day

Down the new trail from Hasundhornet

Trip statistics: 9,5km, 560 vertical meters, 2h:09m

Pictures from the trip (Canon EOS RP):

Melshornet (668m), Aug 23 2020

Our route up and down Melshornet

Sunday: Woke up with more tension headache, but shook it off. The other signs of chest pressure and fatigue had faded and I upgraded the day status from red to orange!

The weather was still not stable enough to make me want to visit the higher peaks, and settled for Melshornet above Hareid. I hadn’t done the route from Ulset this year, so that became our starting point.

Heading out from Ulset

It turned out to be a windy, but nice hike.

Looking down on Hareid

When we reached the top, I did so for the 30th time (for me). Which means that I know this mountain quite well.

On top of Melshornet

It’s a nice top with nice views, and I always enjoy being here.

Rain showers nearby

All in all, it was a crap week, but like always (nowadays) I expect next week to be better…

Trip statistics: 6,8km, 570 vertical meters, 1h:38m

Pictures from the trip (Canon EOS RP):

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