A good week…

Moon above Garnestua


Date Peak Height PF Location WCP/FP MAP
30.01.23 Dragsund Herøy, M&R, Norway MAP
31.01.23 Osberget 134m 36m Ulstein, Norway MAP
01.02.23 Djupvikhaugen 98m 29m Herøy, M&R, Norway MAP
01.02.23 Årvikveten 458m 205m Sande, Norway WCP MAP
02.02.23 Hestholmen 40m 40m Herøy, M&R, Norway MAP
02.02.23 Roppehornet 412m 45m Ulstein, Norway WCP MAP
03.02.23 Storehaugen 177m 17m Herøy, M&R, Norway MAP
03.02.23 Blåtind 697m 697m Ulstein, Norway WCP MAP
04.02.23 Åsefjellet 141m 83m Hareid, Norway WCP MAP
04.02.23 Hjørungneshornet 185m 157m Hareid, Norway WCP MAP
05.02.23 Helgehornet 626m 545m Volda, Norway WCP MAP
05.02.23 Høgtua (Åsen) 162m 27 Ørsta, Norway WCP MAP
05.02.23 Indrehovdåsen (Høgåsen) 187m 66m Ørsta, Norway WCP MAP
05.02.23 Ytrehovdåsen (Geitenakken) 170m 72m Ørsta, Norway WCP MAP

Dragsund, Jan 30 2023

On our way to Dragsund

Monday: The story continued; I was having a really bad day but managed to give Karma a walk after work.

One minute, it was nice…

The weather was interesting. On our short walk, it varied from beautiful to pouring rain.

..the next it was raining

But I didn’t care. Karma got her walk, and I could jump into bed once home…

We were also a bit off-trail

Trip statistics: 4,9km, 120 vertical meters, 1h:10m

Osberget (134m), Jan 31 2023

Our hike across Osberget

Tuesday: If I were to be positive, maybe I was feeling a tad better than the day before. In any case, I found the energy to drive to Ulsteinvik after work. The plan was just to get up to Osberget and take it from there.

On Osberget

We took the forest loop and then headed down to Skeide.

Passing Skeide

On our way back to Ulsteinvik, I decided to go down to the beach and give Karma an extra “treat” by visiting the sandy Osnessanden beach. She loves that beach.

At Osnessanden

Altogether an OK round-trip hike!

Leave nothing but footprints…

Trip statistics: 5,2km, 200 vertical meters, 1h:15m
Pictures (Iphone 13 Pro Max) from the walk:

Djupvikhaugen (98m), Feb 1 2023

Djupvikhaugen – right

Wednesday: When I woke up this morning, I didn’t feel like I had felt for the past 2 months. I was actually feeling OK! I was afraid to move in bed in case this was a “false positive” sensation.

But the good feeling continued and come lunch, I wanted to be out in the beautiful weather and took Karma for a walk across Djupvikhaugen.

Karma seemed a bit surprised. Either she thought this was the walk of the day and would be rightfully disappointed. Or – she realized that this was a bonus walk and would be pleasantly surprised. If that is emotions dog have. I don’t know…

On Djupvikhaugen

Trip statistics: 1,9km, 100 vertical meters, 0h:28m
Pictures (Iphone 13 Pro Max) from the walk:

Årvikveten (458m), Feb 1 2023

Karma overlooking lake Nyksvatnet

This hike is featured on a separate post

Hestholmen (40m), Feb 2 2023

At Kjeldsund

Thursday: The nice weather continued, and I decided to take a slightly extended lunch break and go to Kjeldsund to walk the dog.

I like being there. The mix of mountains and sea is nice.

Blåtind and Haddalshornet

We took a walk up to the highest point on the island (off-trail) before returning home and back to work.

View from the old fish factory

Trip statistics: 2,3km, 70 vertical meters, 0h:25m
Pictures (Canon EOS RP) from the walk:

Roppehornet (412m), Feb 2 2023

Our hike across Roppehornet

Thursday: After work, I drove to Gåsneset outside Ulsteinvik to hike Roppehornet. This is a hike I enjoy, and especially after discovering an OK route down to Flø. The path along the sea back to Gåsneset is nice and very popular.

On our way to Roppehornet

I also enjoy minimal amounts of snow along the coastline. If I want to go skiing, I can drive the same distance in the opposite direction. I like having the choice between hiking and skiing.

Karma – the poser

It is something special to hike next to the Norwegian sea.

A rugged coastline…

Many coastal tops offer the same, nice sea view but Roppehornet is probably on my top-10 list…

View from Roppehornet

Then it was time to head down to Flø.

Starting our descent to Flø

There was more snow on the other side of Roppehornet, but we were still able to follow the path that I always lose track of when I reach a pole.

Descending Roppehornet

From that point, and down to the tractor road below, the terrain is cumbersome and not so fun. But this was the right season to do this hike, as cows rule this ground when the snow is gone. It’s no fun to bring Karma through a herd of cows…

Sunnmøre alps

Once down by the shore, we stopped by the sandy beach for some fun and some pictures.

Stopping by the beach

An evening moment…

Eventually – the 2,5km walk back to the car at Gåsneset.

Along the path back to Gåsneset

Trip statistics: 6,9km, 435 vertical meters, 1h:54m
Pictures (Canon EOS RP/Iphone 13 Pro Max) from the hike:

Storehaugen (177m), Feb 3 2023

Our hike across Storehaugen

Friday: Another lunch-hike and this time I went to Leikongeidet. All my lunch-hikes had been a 5-minute drive from my home. So, 20 mins for walking and 10 mins for driving, and I’d be back before anyone knew it. Which is just a phrase, as I’m mostly working from home anyway. But home office calls for even more discipline then actually going to work, and so it is important to be back on time.

Karma got yet another bonus walk

Storehaugen is an insignificant hump that I discovered this morning. I don’t know how many times I’ve been hiking and skiing up here without being aware of this hump. But the hump has a name, and it was perfect for a lunch-hike.

Karma on “top” of Storehaugen

The top required a short off-trail hike, but the rest of the hike was along the nice lit trail.

From left: Gyrinakken, Røddalshorn, Sletteheidane

Trip statistics: 1,9km, 75 vertical meters, 0h:30m

Blåtind (697m), Feb 3 2023

Our hike to Blåtind and back

Friday: Thinking I was all good after 2 months of illness, I didn’t really hold back this week. In the afternoon, I decided to hike Blåtind from Havåg.

Blåtind (left) and Haddalshornet

It was an easy hike up the forest.

Through the forest

And the moon kept us company, which was nice…

Having a good time…

As I was hiking in low terrain shoes, I was glad there wasn’t a whole lot of snow up here. That said, it was more than enough for my shoes, but my woolen socks kept me warm.

Closing in on Blåtind

Below Grøthornet, I struggled a bit with icy snow and had to take a detour via Grøthornet to avoid a longer slide. I had spikes in my rucksack, but I just didn’t bother putting them on.

Below Grøthornet

And then we were up…

Panorama view from Blåtind

It was a beautiful afternoon, and I just wanted to get the most out of this stunning weather window we had – remembering the awful months of January and February last year.

Laupsnipa to the right

We took the same route down to the lower forest, where we took a different path back to the car.

Trip statistics: 8km, 700 vertical meters, 2h:25m
Pictures (Canon EOS RP) from the hike:

Åsefjellet (141m), Hjørungneshornet (185m),
Feb 4 2023

Today’s route

Saturday: Today was a very windy day and I felt no urge to go particularly high. It’s a good thing that my local area offers walks for all kinds of weather and today I decided to revisit Åsefjellet and Hornet by Hjørungavåg.

Getting a hint about the wind speed from Masdalkloven…

I was in the mood for a round-trip hike and parked the car by the local store in Hjørungavåg. After 1,7km along the main road towards Ulset, we headed for a meadow, hoping we could find a nice off-trail route up to Åsefjellet.

Bergehornet – across the fjord

But the terrain wasn’t so pleasant, and so we had to find our way to the road to Engjaskaret.

Seriously cumbersome terrain, and my shoes got wet way too soon!

The Åsefjellet path begins just behind the tunnel at Engjaskaret.

Karma – wait…

It was nice to be on the forest path. It was incredibly windy, even in the forest and I was glad I was down here, and not on Melshornet – where we experienced an inferno on top, 2 weeks earlier.

On the forest path

Along this path, my thoughts went back to 2016, where I came in 2nd place in the “Den Store Styrkeprøven” – a run from Eiksund to Hjørungavåg. 16,2km and 1260 vertical meters. I was in peak running shape then, and finished in 2h:17m:51s, solid behind the winner, but my time was better than last year’s winner.

A good memory…

I stopped running mountains in 2017 as my shape and form had an unexpected turn to the worse. It wasn’t until October 2022 where I considered picking up this activity again. I had one good week running local mountains and was even starting to think about ultra-runs.

View from Åsefjellet

But 1 month later (+) I got Covid, and have been riddled with inflammations since. Life sure has it ups and downs. In the greater perspective, I am still highly privileged, and has nothing to complain about when so many others struggle.

But at the same time, I am just a man, hoping to get well again. And by the looks of it, perhaps things were now going in the right direction?

After Åsefjellet, we continued towards Hjørungneshornet. I enjoyed myself and it wasn’t hard to see that Karma did too.

On our way to Hjørungneshornet

On our way up Hornet

At Hornet, I had to decide the route back to the car. Like always, I was looking for routes that I hadn’t done before. Off-trail of course. I don’t think there are any paths on the Hareidlandet island that I haven’t hiked.

Hjørungavåg seen from Hornet

I decided to follow the path down to Hjørungneset and return to Hjørungavåg via the shore. That was nice.

Returning along the shore

The leg through the industrial area wasn’t that much fun, but eventually we reached the car and I was very happy about the hike.

Trip statistics: 11,6km, 435 vertical meters, 2h:254m
Pictures (Canon EOS RP/Iphone 13 Pro Max) from the hike:

Helgehornet (626m), Hovdeåsane, Feb 5 2023

Panorama view from Helgehornet

This trip is featured on a separate post

2 thoughts on “2023 Week 5

  1. Very nice picture of the 🌙 Moon.Keep an eye out at dusk for Jupiter and Venus which are moving towards a close conjunction in the western skies and the 1st of March is the closest.The daylight is rapidly growing here and you have to stay out later and later to see the stars but Jupiter and Venus are bright enough to power through the dusk.

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