2022 Week 14

Winter returned…

Typical weather at the beginning of the week – snow showers passing
Date Peak/Place Height PF Location WCP
04.04.2022 Skafjellet 573m 82m Hareid, Norway WCP
05.04.2022 Sukkertoppen 314m 314m Ålesund, Norway WCP
06.04.2022 Røddalshorn 563m 100m Sande, M&R, Norway WCP
07.04.2022 Aksla 188m 188m Ålesund, Norway WCP
07.04.2022 Hjørungneshornet 185m 157m Hareid, Norway WCP
08.04.2022 Melshornet 807m 564m Ørsta, Norway WCP
09.04.2022 Huldrehornet 271m 113m Herøy, M&R, Norway WCP
10.04.2022 Rambjøra 132m 109m Herøy, M&R, Norway WCP

Skafjellet (573m), Apr 4 2022

Our route up and down Skafjellet

Monday: After work, I figured it was high time to revisit some of the tops on the north side of Hareidsdalen valley and decided to begin with Skafjellet. OK, it had been snowing since Tuesday, but as a lot of it had melted upon contact with the ground, I reckoned this would be a fairly easy hike.

Heading out from Geilane

It was snowing when we headed up the tractor road from Geilane and the amount of snow took me by surprise. I decided to leave the tractor road and head up the Mjølkeråsa trail, as there would be less snow in the dense forest.

Up “Mjølkeråsa”

Back on the tractor road, I was wondering how it would be above the forest. I feared that this wouldn’t be a fairly easy hike after all.

Back on the forest road

And it wasn’t. FAR from it!

Oh, this is hard…

The snow didn’t carry none of us, but Karma had it easier – with her long belly as “floating device”. I kept going straight trough – up to my thighs in snow.

Finally – the snow shower is passing

The upside was that it stopped snowing and everything was just wonderful. Except for the hike, which got harder the higher we got. But, as long as Karma kept going, I would too!


It was a huge delight to reach the top. There were several times where I thought we wouldn’t. Without socks, Karma had a “paw issue” and was deep in maintenance mode when I offered treats.

I can see you’re busy…

The descent wasn’t easier than the ascent. Maybe harder, as the legs took a heck of a beating against the hard and wind-packed snow.

Heading down from Skafjellet

But regardless of how hard it was, it was wonderful to be up here!

Vartdal peaks

Back at the car, I took one look at Karma and decided to put her into the car as-is and take straight to the shower for de-icing, once back at the house.

You look like a model from the 70’s with brown coat and white cotton boots…

Trip statistics: 5,4km, 535 vertical meters, 2h:02m

Pictures (Canon EOS RP) from the walk:

Sukkertoppen (314m), Apr 5 2022

Our route up and down Sukkertoppen

Tuesday: Ålesund day, which meant that I had to get up at 5am. Fortunately, I woke up 10 minutes earlier and had time to get the fresh dump of snow off the car. I’ve told anyone that bothers to listen – winter comes in April!

The snow showers came and went during the day. When I was walking Karma in my lunchbreak, the weather was gorgeous.

When I left work, the weather was truly miserable – with a combination of snow and hail, plus wind. I still decided to hike Sukkertoppen, hoping it would clear up.

At the Hessa school trailhead, the weather was still miserable when I was changing clothes. But just as I opened the door, it stopped snowing. We had a very nice hike up the forest ridge!

What a bonus!

I find it very strange that I *never* meet hikers along the forest ridge. I saw one single pair of tracks – not fresh. I’m wondering if hikers are aware of this route?

And uuuup you go!

When we joined the normal route, I noticed a lot of bags with rocks (flew in by helicopter). About time that the worn trail got some rocks to protect it! But the rocks don’t fall into place by themselves, so kudos to the volunteers! I know that the work is hard!

Sukkertoppen comes into view

The real effort couldn’t be seen due to the snow. As for the snow – compared to Skafjellet the day before – this was nothing!


Out in the ocean, I could see more snow showers moving in and realized the blue sky and sunshine wouldn’t last for long. Still, just enjoying it (albeit briefly) made the day.

Sukkertoppen summit ahead

The weather was still OK when we reached the top, but I knew it was a matter of minutes before there would be no more blue sky.

On top of Sukkertoppen

After a round of pictures, our exit cue presented itself.

Time to go…

We reached the forest before the next shower (with hail) came upon us. But this shower was a gentle one, and the road to Sulesund was still free of snow.

While waiting for the ferry, I enjoyed some mighty nice scenery…

Klovetinden (left) and Masdalkloven (the gap)

Trip statistics: 3,8km, 290 vertical meters, 1h:03m

Pictures (Canon EOS RP) from the trip:

Røddalshorn (563m), Apr 6 2022

Our route up and down Røddalshorn

Wednesday: Oh, what a glorious day! I really wanted to seek higher ground, but there was so much fresh snow that Karma needed a solid track up the mountain. Besides, I had to work in the evening and had to settle for something close to home. And then there are not too many options, but Røddalshorn is always nice!

At the Leikongeidet trailhead, I met Bård Ringstad. I knew his name through “friends of friends”, but I don’t think I’ve met him before.

On our way to Røddalshorn

He chose a route up the mountain that was quite unusual to me, and I think he realized after a while that this was NOT the fastest way to the top.

But that didn’t matter much to me. I enjoy variations. Karma was all over the place, but when the amount of snow increased, she stuck to our tracks.

Approaching the final hill

As we climbed the final hill, Karma decided to take the lead. But then she sunk into a hole, had to be rescued and decided to stay on our tail for the remainder of the ascent.


On top of Røddalshorn, we met Sindre Håskjold and Elin Vedvik. I knew Sindre’s name through “friends of friends” and it was nice to finally meet him – and Elin – who’s originally from Sogndal.

SIndre, Bård, Elin and Karma on top of Røddalshorn

The others descended the east ridge. I chose to ski down the normal route (northeast) and had wonderful snow down to the first pass. Karma struggled to keep up…

Why do we fall? So we can pick ourselves up again…

After the pass, the snow had gotten an icy surface and skiing was not so fun. I guessed that the east ridge was a better idea – as the sun was still shining there.

But we made it down, safe and sound and it was a really nice ski-trip altogether!

Oh, what a wonderful snow up on the mountain!

Trip statistics: 4,7km, 425 vertical meters, 1h:24m

Pictures (Canon EOS RP) from the trip:

Aksla (188m), Apr 7 2022

Our route across Rundskue

Thursday: I went to bed last night with a splitting headache and it stuck with me all night. Got no sleep at all. When the phone alarm sounded at 5am, I was not in a good shape. But as I had to be in Ålesund today, trying to get some sleep was not an option. After work, there would be a team dinner – the first since Covid, and I had to mentally prepare myself for a long and hard day.

I had to reflect on the tension headache, as it had been absent so far in 2022. It didn’t take me long to realize that the workload (professional and private) was back at “too high”, and I’d better get some monkeys off my shoulders – fast.

Fortunately, I had a good work session in the morning, and the headache disappeared. I was now ready for the afternoon dinner with colleagues. But first, I had to walk Karma, who had a long day in the car already. I drove up to Kråmyra to take a short walk across Rundskue – the high point on the Aksla mountain.

Heading out from Kråmyra

It took us only 5 minutes up to the high point and I found that had time to also visit Fjellstua.

Karma has the overview…

A bus full of tourists was just about to leave when we got to Fjellstua, and I (almost) had the entire terrace all to myself.

Iphone 13 Pro Max panorama from Fjellstua

After some pictures, we took a different route back to Kråmyra and then sat course downtown to find parking near the restaurant.

Iphone 13 Pro Max panorama from Fjellstua

Trip statistics: 2,8km, 105 vertical meters, 40 mins

Hjørungneshornet (185m), Apr 7 2022

Our hike across Hjørungneshornet

Thursday: After a nice burger meal @ Molo in Ålesund, I caught the 7:50pm ferry from Sulesund. I felt a little bad about Karma spending so many hours in the car, and when we got to Hareid, I drove to Hjørungavåg to walk across Hornet – assuming we had plenty of time before it got dark.

The Hornet ridge (foreground)

We took the normal route to the top, which had some snow but not a lot.

Karma has a defiance for ropes…

The evening colors were beautiful and I looked forward to get above the forest and take some pictures.


Masdalhornet was indeed something I enjoyed resting my eyes on…


Karma had been somewhat low on energy during the hike across Aksla a few hours earlier, but here – she was on fire! Nothing beats a real forest!

Karma on top of Hornet

It was tempting to take the same route back to the car and get back home. But, I do enjoy round trip walks and so we continued down the route to Hjørungneset.

The 2km along the car road back to the trailhead was a little boring, but I was quite happy about squeezing in walk #2 during this long day. I returned home around 9pm, 15 hours after leaving.


Trip statistics: 3,9km, 220 vertical meters, 1 hour

Pictures (Canon EOS RP) from the trip:

Melshornet (807m), Apr 8 2022

Our ski-trip up and down Melshornet in Ørsta/Volda

Friday: A colleague asked me on chat – where are you going this afternoon? I looked out the window and saw blue sky. “Melshornet sounds tempting”, I replied. We chatted some more and when I looked out of the window again, it was snowing. I then told him “I have very little interest in skiing down Melshornet in a snowstorm”.

But after work, the sky had some blue in it, and I decided to give Melshornet a shot. When we arrived at the Helgatun trailhead, I reckoned there was a chance that we could have OK weather up and down the mountain.

Things looking up at Helgatun

But I was wrong. It didn’t take long before a snow shower came creeping up behind us.

The blue sky didn’t last for long…

Karma is usually a good benchmark for determining how good or bad the weather is. Looking at her, I concluded that she was OK to continue…

OK, seems like we continue a bit longer…

When we reached the top, the weather wasn’t good. However, I smiled to myself as I saw skiers come and go. Norwegians…

Very few people go to the high point. Most of skiers and hikers go to the cairn – slightly lower

But this Norwegian struggled in the steep hill below the top. The light was totally flat and I’m not sure what’s happened to my goggles. They don’t help! Fortunately, I had Karma. I sent her first and then followed her without actually seeing the ground I was skiing on.

As we closed in on the forest, visibility got much better and I could finally enjoy the skiing. Although this doesn’t qualify as a snowstorm, I definitely ended up skiing down Melshornet in a snow shower!

On our way down Melshornet

Trip statistics: 6,2km, 545 vertical meters, 1h:24m

Huldrehornet (271m), Apr 9 2022

Our hike across Huldrehornet

Saturday: Oh my, the weather was nasty today. The hail showers were of January standard, which says a lot! So, the first part of the day was spent working.

But when Karma showed signs of impatience, I had to figure out where to go. I was totally lacking inspiration and had to resort to a trick that has worked many times before – pick a route that involves cumbersome and strenuous terrain. Soon, you’ll forget about the lack of inspiration…

We started out from the Stemmedalen trailhead and followed the service road up to the lake.

On our way to lake Stemmedalsvatnet

From there, the goal was to find the first place where we could ascend the mountain. I saw many opportunities, but none that would guarantee the safety of the dog.

Nope! Keep on going!

Eventually, the ascent could begin, and Karma was really eager. The amount of snow didn’t seem to bother her a bit.

Steep terrain ahead

It got quite steep, but never *too steep* and we reached the top of Huldrehornet without ever putting the dog in possible harm’s way.

Almost up on Huldrehornet

So far, we had avoided hail. We passed through a small snow shower down in the forest, but it didn’t last long. Now that we were in quite an exposed spot, we moved on. My plan was to hike to Aurvåghornet and try to find a way down to the western end of the tunnel.

Karma on Huldrehornet

On our way to Aurvåghornet, we finally got our hail shower

A tolerable hail shower. The worst ones weren’t…

As we descended off-trail from Aurvåghornet, I soon found that the terrain was too steep to even give it a try. So, we had to keep moving north until the terrain allowed us to descend. This was quite complicated terrain, but eventually we found a safe route down to the tunnel roof.

I hope these cables are no longer in use…

Now, we only had a high fence to negotiate. I found a weak point and was able to get Karma across, and then we could return to Stemmedalen along roads. I was quite cold when I got back home, but it had been an interesting walk!

Looking back on the forest we came down from

Trip statistics: 6,0km, 400 vertical meters, 1h:53m

Pictures (Canon EOS RP) from the trip:

Rambjøra (132m), Apr 10 2022

Our route up and down Rambjøra

Sunday: After the 4-hour session in the morning, I had finally made good progress on my backlog at work and looked forward to walking the dog. The only problem was that the weather was not good – by any means or standard. So, I decided to do some honest work on the Rambjøra trail – starting from my very house.

On our way to Rambjøra

The route to the top facing my side is pretty OK, but the north side is a disaster. So, today I decided to take on the monstrous task.

A short stop on top of Rambjøra

I spent one hour on a 30-40m section and was gave the root-ripping my very best. Afterwards, I felt like I had been hit by a truck or something. I’m a programmer, remember. Hard labor is not my everyday routine.  

Spent an entire hour just on this section…

I didn’t even notice the hail and rain showers that came and went.

Another hail shower moving in

When I got back home, I noticed that I had been ripping roots for 3,5 hours. So, I had two really good work sessions today…

Trip statistics: 3,0km, 135 vertical meters, 3h:30m

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