2020 Week 40

My “new life” in 2020 begins…

On Haddalshornet
Date Peak/Place Height PF Location WCP
28.09.2020 Selsteinen 598m 90m Herøy, M&R, Norway WCP
29.09.2020 Lidafjellet 200m 47 Herøy, M&R, Norway WCP
29.09.2020 Huldrehornet 271m 113m Herøy, M&R, Norway WCP
30.09.2020 Haddalshornet 611m 103m Ulstein, Norway WCP
01.10.2020 Melshornet 807m 564m Ørsta, Norway WCP
02.10.2020 Garnestua 653m 415m Ulstein, Norway WCP
04.10.2020 Storevarden 430m 430m Herøy, M&R, Norway WCP

Selsteinen (598m), Sep 28 2020

Our tracks for the day

Monday:  The time had *finally* come to finish marking the new route between Øyrahornet and Selsteinen. This was my 8th trip with a heavy load – 6 times from Tjørvåg and now – 2 times from Moltudalen. My first hike trip was on June 18th (not including several research trips, staking out the route) and more than 3 months later – the closure.

22kg in the backpack…

The hillside from Moltudalen and up to Selsteinen is long and steep, but at least I’m not starting at sea level.

Selsteinen up to the left

Already the day after unplugging the Nespresso coffee machine, my body felt different. Yes, I was tired after a long day of intensive work, but I was not *washed out*. I knew that it would take a week before I conclude that I had fixed the health issue that had riddled me the whole year, but I had a good feeling about it…

After passing the top of Selsteinen, we descended towards Slettheia until we reached the last stick I put into the ground and got to work.

Here we go…

It felt really good to reach the top, with no more sticks in my backpack – having completed the route. The 3,4km route required almost 100 sticks. I *hope* the route also works in fog.

The final stick

From Selsteinen, we continued towards Storehanen. Rain was in the air, but would not get here just yet.

Descending Selsteinen

We made it back to the car JUST before the rain sat in. Perfect timing and one more “check” on my to-do list…


Trip statistics: 5,7km, 430 vertical meters, 1h:55m

Pictures (Canon EOS RP) from the hike:

Huldrehornet (271m), Sep 29 2020

Our trip tracks

Tuesday: Not much to report from this hike. The higher mountains could not be seen due to fog and there was light rain.

On the way up from Stemmedalen

We started out from Stemmedalen and hiked across Lidafjellet before setting the course towards Huldrehornet.

On our way up Lidafjellet

While the hike was far from fun, the satisfaction of having walked the dog is always good!

Karma on Huldrehornet

Trip statistics: 5,5km, 315 vertical meters, 1h:18m

Haddalshornet (611m), Sep 30 2020

Our route up and down Haddalshornet

Wednesday: The weather had improved greatly since yesterday, and I fancied a hike up to Haddalshornet – along a steeper route than we normally follow.

Haddalshornet. Klungsdalen to the left

We started out in Haddal and headed up Klungsdalen. The steepest route I’ve done, I’ve called “Klungsgylet“, and it’s a little bit too steep for Karma.

But there is another route that takes you near the top of the “Klungsgylet” route and that’s the route we followed today.

Yellow route: Not Karma friendly, white route: the route for today

There is only one tricky point – when wet – in order to get from the safe route and into the “Klungsgylet” route and I made well sure we took it nice and easy.

About to move from the “safe” route to the steep route

Shortly after, we reached the top of Haddalshornet.

On Haddalshornet

Upon descent, we headed down the west flank and got a nice round trip hike. And a bit later, Anne came up from Sogndal.

Karma, taking in the views…

Trip statistics: 4,2km, 550 vertical meters, 1h:26m

Pictures (Canon EOS RP) from the hike:

Melshornet (807m), Oct 1 2020

My route up and down Melshornet

Thursday: The first day of October started with me taking a blood sample at the Doctor’s office. I’m not really sure what they were testing. The stress hormone, I think. My heart just wasn’t in it, as I already felt I had cracked the health issue. But, I had agreed with the doctor to do two final tests – this one and a heart examination in November. This particular test required an afternoon blood test also, which had to happen in Volda – as my local Doctor’s office would be closed.

So, after work I drove to Volda (Anne looking after Karma), having timed a hike up and down Melshornet to fit perfectly with my appointed time at the hospital. I decided to hike from Bratteberg and didn’t have a whole lot of daylight to go on. But, I reckoned it would be sufficient.

At lake Dinglavatnet, Melshornet ahead

I reached the top 59 minutes after heading out, took a selfie and decided to post it on FB (along with other pictures) just to force myself to get a haircut. The Corona-life at home can make one lazy with respect to certain things…

Bad hair day on Melshornet

It was really nice to be up here again. The Ørsta view was great as always…

Ørsta view

But then I had to turn around, both to avoid hiking in the dark and to reach my appointment at the hospital.

Lake Dinglavatnet

I didn’t expect the hospital to be closed. After all, it’s a hospital. But it was closed and I had to dial a number that was listed on the outside. A nurse came down and spent some time making sure I was a legit visitor and eventually guided me to my destination. The blood testwas taken and I could return home to Anne and Karma.

A nice day coming to an end

Trip statistics: 7,4km, 565 vertical meters, 1h:50m

Pictures (Canon EOS RP) from the hike:

Garnestua (653m), Oct 2 2010

Our route up and down Garnestua

Friday: On this Friday afternoon, Anne and I decided to hike Garnestua from Haddal. A route that we both enjoy and Karma love! She’s seen a hare up here a long time ago and will never forget it.

Heading up from Haddal

This afternoon was particularly hazy. I thought it was just plain … haze, but there may have been a forest fire further east in the country…

A hazy day!

I loved the dark autumn colors, and had an argument with Anne. She felt that the colors were prettier earlier in the autumn. She may be “technically” correct, but…

Nice colors…

This was my 111th recorded visit to the top of Garnestua.

On top of Garnestua

There are not many round trip options here, subtracting the boring options, so we decided to take the same route down. And enjoy the views along the way, hazy as they may be…

Overlooking Ringstaddalen valley

Trip statistics: 5,5km, 600 vertical meters, 2h:03m

Pictures (Canon EOS RP) from the hike:

Storevarden (430m), Oct 3 2020

Our route across Storevarden

Saturday: Today, I proposed a hike that could potentially be “interesting” – ascend Storevarden via Terneneset. This is a route I’ve done some years ago, in the opposite direction, and I was *barely* able to get Karma across the slabs down by the sea, on our way from Terneneset and back to Mulevika. Today, we would be heading from Mulevika to Terneneset and then ascend Storevarden.

Heading out from Mulevika

First, we passed the climbing fields…

Climbers @work…

Then we looked actively for fun stuff to do…

Better not slip…

The first part along the shore offered no challenges.

Easy terrain

But due to high tide, it was impossible to make it through along the sea and for a little while I thought we would have to turn around. Then Anne suggested that we should look for a route higher up. I volunteered to take a look.

Here we go…

And sure enough – there was indeed a route higher up, which required a little care while bringing Karma across.

Careful here…

It was really nice to have passed this point without “pushing our luck”!

Looking back on the bypass

Now, we could get to Terneneset without any problems.

At Terneneset

After a short stay, we headed for the southwest ridge, eventually taking us to Storevarden.

To Storevarden

There were a couple of steep sections along the way, especially since we chose to stay “true” to the ridge.

Slightly steep

But eventually, the ridge was behind us and we had a clear route to the top.

On top of the ridge, with Skorpa in the background

We took whatever scrambling the terrain could offer…

Having fun

And then we reached the top…

On top of Storevarden

For descent, we followed the path that took us down to the road between Storevarden and Muletua.

Heading for the road to Mulevika

Once back at the road, after a less fun hike across the meadow, Mulevika was just a short stroll away.

Returning to Mulevika

After the hike, we stopped in Fosnavåg for lunch. It was altogether a very fun hike, given that I didn’t think we would make it to Terneneset in the first place.

Lunch in Fosnavåg

Trip statistics: 8,7km, 580 vertical meters, 3h:10m

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

Søre Raudfonndalstind (1046m), Oct 4 2020

Sunday: Separate trip report coming up!

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