Baby steps from scratch…
|16.12.22||Djupvikhaugen||98m||29m||Herøy, M&R, Norway||–||MAP|
|17.12.22||Hornseten||190m||152m||Herøy, M&R, Norway||WCP||MAP|
|18.12.22||Huldrehornet||271m||113m||Herøy, M&R, Norway||WCP||MAP|
Høgåsen (240m), Dec 12 2022
Monday: There was clearly still something wrong with my body, and luckily, I was able to see the doctor in the morning. Result: Bacterial infection with a CRP reading of 93. Straight onto antibiotics.
As expected, the antibiotics started doing its magic right away, and I felt almost normal a couple of hours later.
Then, for reasons I still don’t understand, I decided to walk the dog on Høgåsen on Dimnøya island in the afternoon. It was a magical afternoon.
I made sure to take it slow and easy, but it was still more than 200 vertical meters to the top.
I had already regrets before we reached the top.
The regrets took a pause when we got on top and could enjoy the views.
And now it was more or less just downhill back to the car.
I can’t say that it was because of this hike – but what else could it be – that I got really sick for the next 3 days.
Trip statistics: 3,6km, 240 vertical meters, 1h:05m
Pictures (Canon EOS RP) from the hike:
Djupvikhaugen (98m), Dec 16 2022
Friday: The CRP dropped to 20 on Wednesday and this morning, it was down to 7. And I felt better. It was time to start from scratch – again.
The first planned effort after the doctor’s visit was to get rid of the snow in my front yard. And that was no small task.
But while I was at the doctor, a good friend had – without me knowing or asking – stopped by with his ATV and cleared my front yard in minutes. Man, was I grateful! That was a great birthday gift! In addition to the brand new skins that Anne had hid in my house on her last visit.
After work, I could then take Karma and go to Djupvikhaugen with a better conscience.
This hike is as low key as it gets, and I figured that if this would backlash, then there wasn’t any hope…
When we reached the top, I did feel that this was as high that I should go today, and that I would have a good rest once back home.
It was an important walk, and it gave me hope that I was on the right track again…
Trip statistics: 3,2km, 85 vertical meters, 0h:50m
Hornseten (189m), Dec 17 2022
Saturday: The day started with a 2,5-hour work session (IT systems maintenance) and later in the day, it was time to walk the dog. I was still determined to take it easy, and gradually regain my strengths. I figured that a walk to Hornseten above Fosnavåg would be perfect.
I was hoping that someone had been breaking trail, and I was right. Otherwise, this could have been a strenuous affair.
I felt better when reaching the top than I did on Djupvikhaugen the day before. If I only made sure to rest once back home, this seemed to be good and correct progress.
The views from the top were especially stunning today!
We hiked from Bergshaugen, along the normal path to the top. On our way down, we took the route across Heida.
Unfortunately (picture-wise), Fosnavåg was in the shadows.
Near the “Gapahuk”, I could see tracks going into the forest, and we followed them. I really enjoyed myself, and Karma was having the time of her life, it seemed.
Trip statistics: 3,6km, 180 vertical meters, 1h:00m
Pictures (Canon EOS RP/Iphone 13 Pro Max) from the hike:
Huldrehornet (271m), Dec 18 2022
Sunday: Today, we sat course for Frøystadeidet and the normal route to Leinebjørnen (271m). I was convinced that the trail was broken. After all, this is a popular trailhead.
When we reached the waterworks building, there were no signs of any footprints in the snow. After a short hike, I gave up – saving Karma from a really strenuous hike. 1,3km wasted.
We then went to Bergsøya to hike Igesundshetta (216m). I was convinced that someone must have been to this top since the last snowfall. There were tracks up the first hill, but then the tracks went in the direction of Storehornet. When I tried to break trail, Karma signaled that she was not interested.
So, I drove back to Gurskøy. I would hike Huldrehornet – with or without Karma. Fortunately, someone had been hiking this trail, which made a lot of difference for Karma. There’s normally not a lot of snow in the lower forest anyway, so we got an easy start.
Higher up in the forest, there is always much more snow. But Karma seemed determined to go all the way.
There was a lot of weather going around, and it was beautiful to watch. I hoped that the snow showers would not come our way.
The ridge to the top was – as expected – icy and had little snow left.
It seemed that all the snow on the upper mountain had gathered just below the top. Karma struggled, and I spent a good 3-4 minutes figuring out how to “swim” my way up.
But then we were up!
The snow showers were still impressive.
Then it was time to go home, rest and hope that the rising curve will continue to rise so I could do some skiing this Christmas…
Trip statistics: 2,8km, 180 vertical meters, 1h:03m
Pictures (Canon EOS RP/Iphone 13 Pro Max) from the walk: