Mostly trail maintenance week

Painting sticks on Øyrahornet


Date Peak Height PF Location WCP/FP MAP
29.05.23 Melshornet 809m 567m Ørsta, Norway WCP MAP
29.05.23 Grøthornet 745m 57m Ørsta/Volda, Norway WCP MAP
30.05.23 Øyrahornet 417m 42m Herøy, M&R, Norway WCP MAP
07.06.21 Sandvikhornet 352m 14m Herøy, M&R, Norway   MAP
31.05.23 Nakkenakken 349m 66m Ørsta, Norway MAP
01.06.23 Sollia 661m 661m Herøy/Sande, M&R, Norway WCP MAP
02.06.23 Rambjøra 132m 109m Herøy, M&R, Norway WCP MAP
03.06.23 Øyrahornet 417m 42m Herøy, M&R, Norway WCP MAP
03.06.23 Slettheia 553m 49m Herøy, M&R, Norway WCP MAP
04.06.23 Liahornet 1035m 245m Ørsta, Norway WCP MAP

Melshornet (809m), Grøthornet (745m), May 29 2023

Our route across Melshornet

Monday: Pentecost and really disappointing weather! The forecast suggested it would stop raining in the evening, so I delayed my hiking until the evening. Which really confused the dog – accustomed to normal patterns.

I decided to drive to Volda, without a clue on where we would end up. I had a short-list of candidates, and Melshornet was definitely not on it – as we were up here the day before. But guess where we ended up?

It was still raining when we headed out from Bratteberg. My only hope was that we would discover some path that I didn’t know about.

Heading out from Bratteberg

After following roads for a while, I discovered “Rasmusråsa” near the waterworks. I had not been here before and this trail would be new to us. Big bonus! Another bonus was that it had stopped raining. Totally according to the forecast!

In “Rasmusråsa”

At this point, I had my mind set on Vardehornet and not Melshornet. I figured a 600m top would qualify as OK for this afternoon.

The terrain was generally wet now. All around…

Wet, wet, wet…

We then joined the road to Dinglavatnet. My mind was still set on Vardehornet.

On the road to lake Dinglavatnet

But, at Dinglavatnet I thought – heck – why not go up to Melshornet now that we’re here. And so we did…

Going for Melshornet

There wasn’t much to see, other than the path…

In the fog

And then we were up – for the 2nd day in a row.

Back on Melshornet

Now what? At least, we would descend via Grøthornet! And then take it from there…

Below Grøthornet

At Grøthornet, we followed a marked path towards Rotevasselva. We hadn’t hiked before. Another bonus!

Descending Grøthornet

Soon, we were back in familiar terrain and followed the forest path back to Bratteberg. A good result on a bad weather day!

The fog lifting – temporarily

Trip statistics: 8,3km, 690 vertical meters, 2h:02m

Øyrahornet (417m), Sandvikhornet (352m), May 30 2023

Our route across Øyrahornet and Sandvikhornet

Tuesday: The weather was not so great, so I decided to do some trail maintenance on Øyrahornet instead.

Øyrahornet above

I spent some time ripping bush by the river. Karma waited patiently.

You’re used to this by now, are you not?

After a while, I put the lopper on the backpack and continued up to Øyrahornet, where I took the usual “bench photo

Never a visit here without Karma on the bench

As I try to do roundtrip hikes when possible, we continued (off-trail) to the Rysseviktua – Sandvikhornet ridge.

Crossing Øyradalen valley

Which included a river crossing…

Don’t be a pussy…

It was raining light as we approached Sandvikhornet. It was a nice hike, but quite uneventful and will – unfortunately – soon be forgotten…

En route to Sandvikhornet

Trip statistics: 7,2km, 530 vertical meters, 2h:50m

Nakkenakken (349m), May 31 2023

Our route across Nakkenakken

Wednesday: This afternoon, I chose to drove to Sæbø and chop wood for friends of us. I felt I had something to finish after the “Dugnad” at the end of April…

But first, I stopped by Joker Sæbø, and they still had my 2006 picture on their wall.

So cool!

Inside the store, I noticed another picture – which I didn’t remember taking or sending to them. But it was my picture, no doubt about it. Big fun!


Then I went to Hustadneset and chopped wood for a few hours. Karma was entertaining herself.

Karma was watching the ferry come and go for 3 hours

Once there was no more room left on the outside, I called it a day.

Good job!
Leaving Hustadneset

On my way home, I decided to pay Nakkenakken a visit. I had only been there once before – in 2012. As Karma hadn’t been there, that would be “a bonus”.

I drove up to Hovdenakken and found parking by the tractor road that runs all the way to the top.


I – vaguely – remembered this route. It’s amazing how much you can forget in 11 years…

On the tractor road that leads to the top

When we got to the top, I was really in the mood for a round-trip hike – without knowing if there was even an option.

On top of Nakkenakken

But then I noticed a vague path going off in a different direction near the top and chose to follow it.

View from the path I didn’t know about

For a while, I thought this path would take us all the way down to lake Vatnevatnet (WHO gave this lake such a stupid name? Lakelake!), but eventually the path turned and took us down to the farm just below the trailhead.

Valley view, wider angle

A very good afternoon!Trip statistics: 2,1km, 190 vertical meters, 0h:33m

Sollia (661m), June 1 2023

Our route up and down Sollia

Thursday: It was time to take on Sollia for repainting sticks and the first route was from Leikongeidet and all the way up to the top. Fortunately, the sticks don’t begin until we’ve hiked 3km, so Karma could let out some steam before then.

On our way to Sollia

But then, we had to get to work…

Here we go – again!

The beating the paint up here takes in winter is real. So, repainting here is an annual event.

Sollia in the background

Eventually, we reached the top and I put my paintbrush and my ketchup bottle in my backpack.

On top of Sollia

On our way back, we descended off-trail to lake Holmevatnet.

Lake Holmevatnet

The weather was slightly unpredictable. Was there rain in the air?

I felt some raindrops, but it didn’t amount to anything.

What’s it gonna be? Rain or not?

We also got a bit of an off-trail section on the way down to Leikongeidet. It was a perfect mix of do-gooding and off-trail fun!

Going off-trail on our way down

Trip statistics: 11,3km, 640 vertical meters, 3h:13m

Rambjøra (132m), June 2 2023

Our route across Rambjøra

Friday: I didn’t have energy to do much this afternoon. So, I chose to rip roots on the Rambjøra trail.

On our way up the Rambjøra forest

There’s not really much that can be said about it, other than that I ripped a bunch of roots.

Like Beatles sung – it’s getting better all the time…

Fortunately, Anne came later in the afternoon and brightened up my day.

I played Abba-videos for Anne. That always makes her happy

Trip statistics: 3,9km, 130 vertical meters, 1h:25m

Øyrahornet (417m), Slettheia (552m), June 3 2023

Our route across Øyrahornet and Slettheia

Saturday: With the company of Anne and Karma, I took on the long route around Øyradalen valley. The goal was to repaint sticks from Øyrahornet to Slettheia.

Heading for Øyrahornet

We had a good job distribution. I hammered the sticks back in firm place and Anne redecorated them.

Like brand new again…

And then we reached the bench below Øyrahornet…

The classic bench view

The nuts on the mailbox were loose but we had brought the right wrenches…

Anne – tightening the grip

Oh, we almost forgot about you, Karma. You want treats?

So polite… “Whenever you’re ready, I’m right here…”

The mailbox was now OK, and we moved on towards Slettheia.

Passing “Rumpene”

I hate painting my house, but this is totally OK.

A job well done…

On our way, we added small cairns. When the sea fog hits here, it hits hard…

Leaving cairns…

Eventually, we reached Slettheia, and the work session ended. Mainly due to light rain.

On Slettheia

Now, we would enjoy an off-trail descent towards Sandvikhornet – via lake Øyravatnet.

Down by lake Øyravatnet

It’s fun to just walk about and see what pops up.

Anyone home?

On Sandvikhornet, the mailbox nuts were in need for tightening and Anne was the man for the job…


Then it was time head home and have a most excellent Saturday evening…

Descending Sandvikhornet

Trip statistics: 9,9km, 740 vertical meters, 4h:36m
Pictures (Canon EOS RP/Iphone 13 Pro Max/Samsung) from the hike

Liahornet (1035m), June 4 2023

Aiming straight for Liahornet

Sunday: This hike is featured on a separate post

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