2022 Week 24

Trail maintenance before the Kongsberg roadtrip

I guess I picked the right place to buy a house…
Date Peak/Place Height PF Location WCP
13.06.22 Huldrehornet 271m 113m Herøy, M&R, Norway WCP
14.06.22 Rjåhornet 600m 107m Herøy, M&R, Norway WCP
15.06.22 Huldrehornet 271m 113m Herøy, M&R, Norway WCP
15.06.22 Djupvikhaugen 98m 29m Herøy, M&R, Norway

Huldrehornet (271m), June 13 2022

Our route across Lidafjellet and Huldrehornet

Monday: It rained all day while I was at work. I was attending a virtual conference while some of my colleagues physically went there – to London. I guess I could have gone too, if I really wanted. But why would I go there? Been there already and there is not a top for miles and miles around.

After the conference, it had stopped raining (for a while) and decided to give the dog a haircut before taking a walk with her. As always, she was totally cool with her face, her stomach, her back, her privates but in total panic when it came to her forearms. I’d actually pay to learn about the issue there…

Afterwards, I was all spent and could only muster enough energy to take a walk across my local mountain Huldrehornet. As I was on this project of counting and checking sticks, I found motivation in being halfway through it all – after this hike.

We headed out from Stemmedalen and hiked up to lake Stemmedalsvatnet. From here, we took the trail up the forest.

At lake Stemmedalsvatnet. Huldrehornet in the background

Eventually, we came to the bridge that Johnny (the true handy man in the trail group) laid out a few weeks back. The bridge was great, covering a wet area that was impossible to cross without … getting wet.

A great asset to this route…

As we approached the top, it started to rain again. I was busy with counting sticks and didn’t really pay attention to it. In my previous week report I mentioned that my brain kept on counting while I was between sticks, but Anne gave me a good tip on counting decimals. So, while at stick #15, I went 15.1, 15.2, etc. Clever, but boring in the long run.

This time, I tried a new approach. Songs!

One day I’ll fly away…
Two hearts, believing in just one mind…
Three times a lady….

Approaching Huldrehornet

We returned via Lidafjellet. I made mental note that I had to return with the lopper as the path was getting overgrown. Alternatively, check if the committee has budget for a couple of goats

Trip statistics: 5,8km, 330 vertical meters, 1h:45m
Pictures (Canon EOS RP) from the hike:

Rjåhornet (600m), June 14 2022

Our route up and down Rjåhornet

Tuesday: Another rainy day, but fortunately it stopped raining before my workday ended. I decided to continue my project of checking and counting sticks, as well as making notes of areas that needed maintenance.

We hiked from Stemmedalen and up to lake Stemmedalsvatnet where we went onto the Rjåhornet route. This is the only red route in our trail network. The reason why it’s red is because there is one steep and exposed section – now secured with ropes.

On our way to Rjåhornet

My first mental note that the hillside above the ropes was a disaster in terms of water and mud. We will have to look hard on how to route the water away from this trail.

Another note was that we would have to reorganize a few sticks. A local guy is hiking this mountain every day and has created a short-cut that now looks like an autostrada.

Approaching the top of Rjåhornet

I like round-trip hikes, but there are not many alternatives if you want to follow trails. But one option would be to follow the path towards Djupvika and then go across Huldrehornet. Today, I more or less followed the same route down, with exception to my “secret” route parallel to the steep section with ropes.

Huldrehornet seen from the Rjåhornet trail

Trip statistics: 6,2km, 600 vertical meters, 1h:53m
Pictures (Canon EOS RP) from the hike:

Huldrehornet (271m), June 15 2022

Our hike across Huldrehornet and Djupvikhaugen

Wednesday: No rain today and I continued my project of checking and counting sticks, as well as making notes of areas that needed maintenance.

Today’s goal was both routes to Huldrehornet from lake Djupvikvatnet.

On top of Huldrehornet

Nothing exciting to report. The sticks stood firm and will be usable for yet another season. The weather in the forest isn’t all that bad so the paint and the reflexes are OK.

Once down by the road, we took a trip across Djupvikhaugen to cover that route too.

The route across Djupvikhaugen now has a number of bridges that I’m sure the hikers enjoy after days of rain.

On the path to Djupvikhaugen

Trip statistics: 5,7km, 335 vertical meters, 1h:52m
Pictures (Canon EOS RP) from the hike:

Kongsberg roadtrip

The rest of week was spent driving to and from Kongsberg, attending the company division’s summer party and covered in individual trip reports:

Thursday: Andersnatten


Friday: Haraberget

On my way to Haraberget, early morning

Saturday: Haglebunatten and 4 other tops


Sunday: Hallingnatten and Darren

Hallingnatten with the cairn

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