A very short hiking week…

Nice weather…


Date Peak Height PF Location WCP/FP MAP
14.11.22 Garnestua 653m 415m Ulstein, Norway WCP MAP
15.11.22 Solavågsfjellet 263m 210m Sula, Norway WCP MAP
16-20.11.22 3 country high points – BeNeLux Ulstein, Norway- FP

Garnestua (653m), Nov 14 2022

Our route across Garnestua

Monday: The decision was to begin the hiking week on Garnestua on Hareidlandet island. It would be shortest hiking week for a long time, given our upcoming trip to Europe. All the more reason to enjoy it.

We didn’t get going from Haddal at 3:45pm. We would maybe have 45 minutes of OK daylight. I then decided to make this “interesting”. We would hike across the mountain, down to Løset without using a headlamp. I wasn’t really sure if it was doable, but why not give it a try.

Catching the last colors in the horizon

We kept a good pace up the forest, only stopping for a few pictures.

Karma, enjoying the views (I hope…)

This was just fast walking – no running. I had no idea about how my “project” would turn out, but at least we would reach the top with some daylight left.

The top comes into view

Below us was the long Ringstaddalen valley – which we would have to head down – on our way back to the car.

Ringstaddalen valley

We reached the top 4:31pm. It was starting to get dark now.

On top of Garnestua

In order to make it down to Løset, I had to jog. As the ground got darker and darker, the more “thrilling” this became. It was absolutely possible to stumble and take a bad fall.

Looking back on Garnestua

When we reached the new antenna just above the Løset road, it was pitch dark. People were working up in the antenna and had no idea that a guy and a dog passed them.

So, I reached my goal. The time was now 4:49pm, and by all standards – evening! We now had 4km back to the car, which was boring and so I continued jogging. All in all, a good exercise!

A marvellous glow in the sky!

Trip statistics: 9,1km, 600 vertical meters, 1h:53m

Trollhaugen on Solavågsfjellet (263m), Nov 15 2022

Our hike across Solavågsfjellet

Tuesday: Ålesund day and time for Karma’s monthly Librela injection. After work, I drove to Sula island to hike Solavågsfjellet. The last time we went to Solavågen, Karma refused to walk. Maybe it was the rain, or she just didn’t like this trail. She has her “black list” of trails.

At the Storevalen trailhead

But I knew of another route – starting at Storevalen. It would be a longer hike than our usual round-trip hike, but what the heck. This was our last day of hiking together this week. Karma quickly realized that this trailhead was new to her and was quite happy.

On our way from Storevalen

We followed a well-worn path into the forest.

En route to Trollhaugen

Eventually, the upper part of the forest came into view.

“Look, Karma! Trollhaugen!”
The last hill

And not too long after, we were on top.

On Trollhaugen
Panorama from Trollhaugen

After a round of pictures, we took one of the routes we usually do, down to Solavågen. But I didn’t really want to hike 1,3km along the main road, and asked a local if there was a short-cut through the forest.

He sent us back up into the forest along a vague path and then we joined our ascent route. Good! More vertical meters and on paths only.

On top of Trollhaugen

Now it was time to go home and pack for a trip to Europe. I wouldn’t see Karma until late Sunday. It’s always sad to leave her.

Trip statistics: 4,4km, 330 vertical meters, 1h:04m

Country high points in BeNeLux, Nov 16-20 2022

Signal de Botrange – high point Belgium

This trip is featured on a separate post

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