2022 Week 30

Just half a week of hiking

Alone on Røddalshorn. Karma back home, nursing a bad shoulder
Date Peak/Place Height PF Location WCP
28.07.22 Haddalshornet 611m 103m Ulstein, Norway WCP
29.07.22 Klosterhaugen 20m 20m Herøy, M&R, Norway
29.07.22 Røddalshorn 563m 100m Sande, M&R, Norway WCP
30.07.22 Tarvaldsegga 645m 392m Sande, M&R, Norway WCP
30.07.22 Orren 426m 38m Sande, M&R, Norway WCP
31.07.22 Barmen 278m 245m Herøy, M&R, Norway WCP
31.07.22 Muletua 253m 65m Herøy, M&R, Norway WCP
31.07.22 Leinehornet 364m 364m Herøy, M&R, Norway WCP

Haddalshornet (611m), July 28 2022

My route up and down Haddalshornet

Thursday: It’s not typical for me to begin the hiking week on a Thursday, but a) Karma couldn’t walk because of her bad shoulder and b) the weather was truly miserable. Furthermore, my right knee was still in pain after the summer holiday, and I decided to give it some rest.

But on this Thursday, the weather was alright and as Karma still had to rest, I decided to go on a hike where I can’t bring the dog. Like the Klungsgylet route to Haddalshornet.

On my way to Haddalshornet. Klungsgylet is in the shadows to the left.

Very, very few persons take this route to the top. I have never met anyone going up here, but I’m sure I’m not the only one who has done it. But the route needed a name, and as they valley is called Klungsdalen, I gave it the name Klungsgylet, where “gylet” points to the ravine.

Klungsgylet ahead. The route runs up in the middle and looks less steep than it really is, due to the wide angle lens

The crux points are halfway up the route. It’s steep grass and if you slip, things can go really wrong. Hence, I always bring an ice-axe when I go on this route. It’s foremost for one particular move, where my height and radius call for this extra anchor. Taller people than me can probably get handholds that I can’t.

Entering “hairy” terrain

Like always, I was relieved when I was above the worst part and got into easier terrain on my way to the top.

Easy street from here

It was also very, very nice to see blue sky again.

On Haddalshornet – a bit of out focus

For descent, I followed the northwest flank down to the mast (Hammaren) before following a vague and overgrown path back to Haddal.

On my way down to Haddal

Trip statistics: 5,4km, 585 vertical meters, 1h:48m
Pictures (Canon EOS RP) from the hike:

Klosterhaugen (20), July 29 2022

Our walk around Herøy island

Friday: The first baby steps for Karma. The walk around the small Herøy island (known for “Herøyspelet”) is always nice and Karma was showing promising signs…

On Herøy island

We sat down for a while and enjoyed the sight of an Oystercatcher trying to scare us away.

I like Oystercatchers. They’re cool.
Enjoying the sea view too…

Trip statistics: 1,9km, 60 vertical meters, 35 mins
Pictures (Canon EOS RP) from the walk:

Røddalshorn (563m), July 29 2022

My route up and down Røddalshorn

Friday: After taking Karma for a walk on Herøy island, daddy had to go on a solo hike to Røddalshorn and enjoy the blue sky.

On my way to Røddalshorn

After the encounter with the viper before the summer holiday, I stuck to the trail this time. That was exactly one month earlier

Røddalshorn comes into view

I like this mountain. It offers an easy hike outside winter and very nice skiing during winter.

Røddalshorn view

Trip statistics: 3,5km, 400 vertical meters, 1 hour
Pictures (Canon EOS RP) from the walk:

Tarvaldsegga (645m), July 30 2022

Our route across Tarvaldsegga

Saturday: I was a bit desperate to get off the local islands and chose to take the ferry to Åram and hike Nystøylhornet from the south side. That would be a gentle climb for Karma, on her recovery path for her bad shoulder after the Fongen hike.

But when I got to Larsnes, there was chaos down at the ferry harbor. Probably some happening at Sandsøya and I decided not to take part of it. Instead I drove to Årvika and take the ferry to Koparneset, with “all options on the table”

On the ferry, I decided to drive to the Stadlandet peninsula and hike Tarvaldsegga. While the slope would not be as gentle as Nystøylhornet, it would be a short hike and number of vertical meters limited.


I have a message to those cruising around in RVs, enjoying staying 20km/h below the speed limit. *Please* be considerate and let others pass. Do enjoy the nature, but when you have a dozen cars behind you, it is time to pull over and stop dangerous driving from drivers less patient than me (cough…)

That’s the beauty of having a blog that almost no one follows. I can get things like this off my chest, without the trolls (or in this case – insulted drivers) flooding the comment section.

In any case, it was really nice to be back on Stadlandet. I took the Sandvika – Selje road and parked at the Tarvaldsegga trailhead on top of the pass.

Tarvaldsegga ahead

I didn’t remember anything from the ’09 hike, which was totally OK. Then it was almost like a hike to a brand new top. The well-worn path climbed steeply up the mountain and Karma was doing fine.

On our way up the mountain

There was one rocky section, but here we found nice steps.

I was surprised to find nice steps here…

And then we reached the top.

On Tarvaldsegga. Karma’s first visit here…

It felt somewhat wrong to “just” return the way we came, even if that would be the best choice with respect to Karma’s shoulder. But I was tempted by cairns along the east ridge and followed them until I realized we would end up somewhere far away from the car.

Following cairns along the east ridge

So, I decided to go off-trail in the direction of Orren – a hump between the trailhead and Tarvaldsegga.

Orren – in center

From looking at the GPS, I knew that an easy descent wasn’t guaranteed, and pretty soon I had to adjust the course to avoid some steep cliffs. But we found a good way down to the meadow below us and could start hiking up Orren.

It turned out that we were quite fortunate in the choice of descent route. Anything further west would have been a no-go.

On Orren. We came down just right of the cliff band in the background

On the way down, I caught up with an elder woman out picking berries. We chatted for a little while and I learned that she was from Selje. I asked her if she knew the book “Opptur”. “Of course”, she replied – like it was the dumbest question ever. Then I told her that my girlfriend had written it, and she was mighty impressed…

After the hike, we drove down to Selje where I enjoyed a Yoghurt down by the sea while Karma was staring at the water…


Trip statistics: 4,4km, 440 vertical meters, 1h:39m
Pictures (Canon EOS RP) from the walk:

Barmen (278m), Muletua (253m), July 31 2022

Our hike across Barmen and Muletua

Sunday: Karma was limping a bit after yesterday’s hike to Tarvaldsegga but looked OK this morning. In any case, I decided to take it down one notch and decided to hike Barmen on Nerlandsøya. And if Karma was holding up OK, include Muletua on the return.

On our way up from Mulevika bay. Barmen above

On our way up from Mulevika, I noticed a path going in the east direction and was tempted to follow it. I soon understood that this path was taking us to Kvalsvik. And just when I was looking for an off-trail route to the top of Barmen, I found a vague path that led us up.

On Barmen

Karma was doing OK and so I decided to continue to Muletua. I normally don’t have a leash on Karma, for reasons I have mentioned before. The short pitch is that I guarantee that no one (humans or animals) are put in harms way because of my choice. I’ve delivered on this promise for 24 years so it must count for something. The exception is lemmons, who happen to be on the path…

Muletua ahead

The descent from Barmen led me to lose sight of her for a few seconds, due to cliffs. When I got eyes on her again, she was standing next to a sheep mom and her two lambs. What a sight! The sheep were staring at Karma and Karma was overlooking the ocean. Water or sheep? Water!!!!!

Fortunately, the sheep mom was cool – probably used to hikers and continued to chew grass as if the dog wasn’t there. Harmony. Beautiful!

Looking back on Barmen

We went up to Muletua where two hikers were sitting behind a rock. I said hello, they didn’t reply. In fact, they gave me the “you’re disturbing” look. At least I interpreted it that way. But it was OK. You can’t always expect to meet polite people. It was tempting to tell them that if they wanted privacy, they shouldn’t go to a stunning place like this. But I didn’t. Of course…

Karma on Muletua

It was a nice hike and when we returned to the car, Karma was NOT limping. Good news!

Trip statistics: 4,6km, 310 vertical meters, 1h:14m
Pictures (Canon EOS RP) from the walk:

Leinehornet (366m), July 31 2022

My route up and down Leinehornet

Sunday: After the hike to Barmen and Muletua, I wanted to feel the sweat and drove to Leinøya to hike Leinehornet along the west ridge. Karma just had to wait in the car.

If I’m ever in need for a fast 360m descent, this is the route I pick.

Leinehornet, here I come

For the first time ever on this route, I saw other hikers ahead of me. They were so far ahead that it seemed impossible to catch up with them.

Nerlandsøya. Barmen far right

But I tried, and I caught up with them 5 minutes away from the top. It was a guy who had brought his two daughters. They (9-10 years old?) were bored as hell, and I did my best to cheer them up. I told one of the girls (the one least bored) that she would never reach the top before me. I let her and I hope it made her day…

The top of Leinehornet

I took the same route down and was back with Karma 45 minutes later.

Trip statistics: 2,1km, 360 vertical meters, 45 mins
Pictures (Canon EOS RP) from the walk:

2 thoughts on “2022 Week 30

  1. Just so you know… a new Opptur-book was recently published… Opptur Stad, focusing on mountains in the municipality of Stad.

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