A mix of painting sticks and enjoying the mountains

Karma is eager to find a good viewpoint on Orkja…


Date Peak Height PF Location WCP/FP MAP
05.06.23 Selsteinen 598m 90m Herøy, M&R, Norway WCP MAP
05.06.23 Slettheia 553m 49m Herøy, M&R, Norway WCP MAP
06.06.23 Sandhornet 909m 471m Ørsta, Norway WCP MAP
07.06.23 Storehanen 493m 67m Herøy, M&R, Norway WCP MAP
07.06.23 Rysseviktua 452m 34m Herøy, M&R, Norway   MAP
08.06.23 Lisje Veirahaldet 984m 22m Ørsta, Norway WCP MAP
08.06.23 Veirahaldet 1206m 173m Ørsta, Norway WCP MAP
09.06.23 Rjåhornet 600m 107m Herøy, M&R, Norway WCP MAP
10.06.23 Orkja 948m 470m Jølster, Norway WCP MAP
11.06.23 Spefjell 1103m 53m Sogndal, Norway MAP
11.06.23 Tylderingen 1105m 242m Sogndal, Norway WCP MAP
11.06.23 Nuken 919m 126m Sogndal, Norway WCP MAP

Selsteinen (598m), Slettheia (552m), June 5 2023

Our route across Selsteinen and Slettheia

Monday: The ongoing project was to repaint all the sticks surrounding Øyradalen valley, and as the Tjørvåg – Slettheia route was completed last week, I drove to Moltudalen to do the Selsteinen – Slettheia route.

Heading out from Moltudalen

After a “transport leg” up to Selsteinen, we were ready. I was ready to paint, and Karma was ready to watch.

On top of Selsteinen

“Fortunately”, we had fog. It was a good opportunity to check if the sticks were close enough.

Fog can be useful from time to time…

After finishing painting, we treated ourselves with an off-trail hike where I hadn’t hiked before, getting new tracks for my GPS map.

Passing lake Røvarvatnet

It was fun. I knew the surroundings inside and out, but I had never hiked *right here* before. As such, explorations in familiar terrain.

Off-trail in Øyradalen

Nothing is triggering Karma than going places she doesn’t know.

Like me, Karma enjoys off-trail best. The challenge is not to disturb birds and other wildlife

We returned via Hansmyrane – a place I don’t visit too often – for good reasons…

Hansmyrane . not fun…

Trip statistics: 8,6km, 520 vertical meters, 2h:52m

Sandhornet (909m), June 6 2023

Our route across Sandhornet

Tuesday: In-between the painting of sticks and trail maintenance, I need to feed my soul. And today, that would happen on Sandhornet in Ørsta.

Sandhornet. Fog – please go away…

We took our normal route – the nice path leading up to Brekkesætra.

Ready for Sandhornet…

It’s quite an amazing path

On the path to Brekkesætra

At Brekkesætra, there is one more forest section before we get to the mountain.


Eventually, we were on the mountain ridge.

On the ridge to Grøthornet and Sandhornet

And soon we had a good view towards Ørsta and the Ørstafjord.

Ørsta view

Fog or not, it was just darn nice to be here!

Enjoying the afternoon

Karma never misses any snow, at least not at this time of the year…

You’ve earned it…

As we passed Grøthornet, I was curious about the fog on top of Sandhornet. Would we be lucky?

Sandhornet ahead

Nope, we weren’t. But it was okay. I know the views and it was nice to be here!

On top of Sandhornet

The fog wasn’t totally stuck on the mountains, so it was a matter of keeping an eye out for pictures.

View towards Kjerringa

We followed a route back that was lower, but parallel to our ascent route. And eventually, we found the path that would take us down the forest. I’ve only done this route once before and was happy about locating the path!

Yes! Found the path!

This path is marked, but I don’t think many people are hiking here…

Down the forest

It was good to revisit Sandhornet. I’ve been up here quite a number of times now. This was my 19th visit.

Trip statistics: 8,4km, 800 vertical meters, 2h:14m
Pictures (Canon EOS RP) from the hike:

Storehanen (493m), Rysseviktua (452m), June 7 2023

Our route across Storehanen and Rysseviktua

Wednesday: Back to repainting sticks, surrounding Øyradalen valley. Today, we headed out from Moltudalen (again), but this time, we took the steep route up to Storehanen.

Aiming for Storehanen

I really like this route. It’s straight up and no bullshit.

On our way to Storehanen

Little by little, Moltustranda becomes smaller and smaller…


Then followed a transport leg up to Storehanen

Storehanen ahead

And then I could start painting

Our marked route begins here

The route to Tjørvåg is really long, so today, I would only cover the pitch to Rysseviktua.

On our way to Rysseviktua

On Ryssviktua, I put the painting gear in the backpack and looked forward to returning, off-trail along a route I’ve not done before.

On Rysseviktua

As mentioned earlier, I know the surrounding terrain by heart, but I had never walked exactly *here* before…

Returning – off-trail – to the trailhead

I really looked forward to finishing this year’s painting session…

Trip statistics: 8,2km, 420 vertical meters, 2h:41m

Veirahaldet (1206m), June 8 2023

Only one hillside left…

Thursday: This trip is featured on a separate post

Rjåhornet (600m), June 9 2023

Our route up and down Rjåhornet

Friday: It was time to finish repainting the Rjåhornet routes and the only remaining route was the one from Stemmedalen. I left my car hoping I would find it in good shape later in the afternoon. A helicopter was moving timber just above us…


And then we were on our way

Rjåhornet – here we come!

I had a long route ahead of me. Many sticks to repaint…

Karma – offering patience like always

It was a hot day, and as Karma had a recent haircut, I had to choose between giving her sunscreen or a coat. I chose the latter…

Looking good, Karma!

I love this route. The views are amazing…

View from Rjåhornet

The reward for the good work was a nice off-trail descent into Høgsetdalen valley.

Høgsetdalen below

Whenever I pick a route during the summertime, I always make sure we’re passing water

It’s all yours!

Trip statistics: 7km, 595 vertical meters, 3h:04m
Pictures (Canon EOS RP/Iphone 13 Pro Max) from the hike:

Orkja (948m), June 10 2023

Our route up and down Orkja

Saturday: Time to go back to Sogndal and on the way down there I decided to pay Orkja a visit. Orkja is a top I typically visit on my way there, but recently this top has gotten strong competition from the tops on the other side of the valley. But today, we would get our first visit to Orkja in 2023.


We took the normal route up. Normally, we do this route up and down in less than one hour, but today, I wanted to take some extra time on the summit plateau.

The route starts here

The start of the route is always wet. Knowing that, it’s not that bad…

Going up the wet section

Once above the forest, the views come out in full…

Overlooking Skei

We didn’t head directly for the top. I was looking for the point where we would get the maximal view of lake Jølstravatnet and I think we found it.

Lake Jølstravatnet

Fortunately, Orkja also offered snow

About time!

We were not alone up here, and I learned that there is a popular route from Myklebust. I’ll make sure I’ll try that route one day…


Eventually, we reached the top!

On top of Orkja

I was still not finished exploring the summit plateau and headed for a place that would give us a good view of Dvergsdalsdalen valley.

Dvergsdalsdalen valley

And THEN we headed down…


Trip statistics: 5,1km, 555 vertical meters, 1h:36m
Pictures (Canon EOS RP/Iphone 13 Pro Max) from the hike:

Spefjell (1103m), Tylderingen (1105m), Nuken (919m), June 11 2023

Don’t poke it! We don’t want rain!

Sunday: This trip is featured on a separate post

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