2022 Week 26

Counting down for the summer holiday

Enjoying the last day on Gurskøy island before going on summer holiday
Date Peak/Place Height PF Location WCP
28.06.22 Rambjøra 132m 109m Herøy, M&R, Norway WCP
29.06.22 Røddalshorn 563m 100m Sande, M&R, Norway WCP
03.07.22 Lønndalshøgda 391m 115m Sør-Odal, Norway

No hiking, June 27 2022

Monday: It was time to check if Karma’s foot had healed enough for an easy walk. I took her to Djupvikhaugen, and things looked good at first.

Here we go!

But only after a few meters, she refused to go any further.

Karma has very few communication skills, but a full stop speaks volumes…

Maybe she was just bored with the Djupvikhaugen trail. So, I drove to Kjeldsund to see what the situation was like. And here she walked. All the way to the old fish factory on Hestholmen. After returning to the car, I concluded that this was enough walking for the day.

Now, she’s walking!

Rambjøra (132m), June 28 2022

Our hike across Rambjøra

Tuesday: Karma on her first hike since Friday. She had been limping all weekend but now she seemed to walk normally. I decided to take it nice and easy and went to my local mountain Rambjøra for trail maintenance.

The trail maintenance began after passing the top

The battle versus nature is one that man can never win

Keeping the paths open is an everlasting fight

I’d rather be in the higher mountains, but I didn’t have the heart to leave Karma back at the house and it didn’t strike me as clever to bring the dog to the highest mountain on Hareidlandet island, just after limping for 4 days…

Wish I were up there…

Trip statistics: 3,8km, 135 vertical meters, 2h:08m

Røddalshorn (563m), June 29 2022

Our route up and down Røddalshorn

Wednesday: It was time to test Karma’s foot on a normal hike. I drove up to Leikongeidet and from here, we hiked Røddalshorn along the normal route. It was a beautiful day to be outdoors.

On our way to Røddalshorn

After arriving on the top, I concluded that Karma was acting quite normal, and I decided to test her in an off-trail descent.

Ready for off-trail?

We took a route parallel to the ascent route, but this route is quite rugged. Halfway down, I regretted doing this, so close to the summer holiday coming up. I hoped and prayed I would get away with this poor decision.

So far, so good…

When we were almost down, we were jumping from turf to turf. In a forward jump, and on my way to the next turf – I saw something that didn’t look right. I think I broke the law of physics and moved two meters sideways during my forward jump. A Viper (Norwegian: Hoggorm) was comfortably resting on the turf I aimed for, and it didn’t scare easily. Fortunately, Karma was behind me at the time and none of us had to see the Doctor today…


As for her foot – fortunately, Karma was still walking normal when we reached the car, and she also looked OK later in the afternoon.

Trip statistics: 3,8km, 400 vertical meters, 1h:11m
Pictures (Canon EOS RP) from the hike:

Friends’ wedding, July 2 2022

Saturday: On Thursday, I drove to Sogndal. On Friday, Anne and I drove to Randsfjorden to visit our friends Eva & Bjørn. On Saturday, we drove to Årnes to attend the wedding of our friends Anne May and Jan. Anne was the maid of honor while I was asked if I could be the photographer.

I take pictures of mountains, not people. But I accepted the invite and when I googled “wedding photography”, I soon found the advice “So you want to save some money by asking a friend with some basic knowledge of photography to take your wedding pictures? Don’t!”

And I told them so. But still, they wanted me to do it…

Fortunately, my pictures came out fairly OK. I also took a LOT of video footage and I think they enjoyed the overall result that I handed over to them.

The party was good! A proper barn party with a band!

I was often on the 2nd floor in the barn…

And the party lingered on into the night…

A bonfire to keep us warm

Lønndalshøgda (391m), July 3 2022

Our route up and down Lønndalshøgda

Sunday: The morning after the wedding, I simply HAD to go hiking again, and preferably get a new top. My choice fell on Lønndalshøgda, some 12km east of Årnes.

We headed into the forest southeast of lake Gjeddevatnet and just went off-trail up the forest. Man, it was nice to be hiking again!

On our way to Lønndalshøgda

After a little while, I realized that we were not on the way to the high point and had to adjust the course.

I thought this was the high point, but it wasn’t. I should have torn the cairn down…

But eventually, the unmarked high point was found, and I could note new pf100 top #23 for this season. After Covid, I reduced my annual goal of 100 new pf100 tops to 50. And now I was almost halfway there, and the summer holiday was just around the corner…

Trip statistics: 3,4km, 215 vertical meters, 1h:06m
Pictures (Canon EOS RP) from the hike:

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