A mix of painting sticks and enjoying the mountains
|05.06.23||Selsteinen||598m||90m||Herøy, M&R, Norway||WCP||MAP|
|05.06.23||Slettheia||553m||49m||Herøy, M&R, 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|
|09.06.23||Rjåhornet||600m||107m||Herøy, M&R, Norway||WCP||MAP|
Selsteinen (598m), Slettheia (552m), June 5 2023
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.
After a “transport leg” up to Selsteinen, we were ready. I was ready to paint, and Karma was ready to watch.
“Fortunately”, we had fog. It was a good opportunity to check if the sticks were close enough.
After finishing painting, we treated ourselves with an off-trail hike where I hadn’t hiked before, getting new tracks for my GPS map.
It was fun. I knew the surroundings inside and out, but I had never hiked *right here* before. As such, explorations in familiar terrain.
Nothing is triggering Karma than going places she doesn’t know.
We returned via Hansmyrane – a place I don’t visit too often – for good reasons…
Trip statistics: 8,6km, 520 vertical meters, 2h:52m
Sandhornet (909m), June 6 2023
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.
We took our normal route – the nice path leading up to Brekkesætra.
It’s quite an amazing path…
At Brekkesætra, there is one more forest section before we get to the mountain.
Eventually, we were on the mountain ridge.
And soon we had a good view towards Ørsta and the Ørstafjord.
Fog or not, it was just darn nice to be here!
Karma never misses any snow, at least not at this time of the year…
As we passed Grøthornet, I was curious about the fog on top of Sandhornet. Would we be lucky?
Nope, we weren’t. But it was okay. I know the views and it was nice to be here!
The fog wasn’t totally stuck on the mountains, so it was a matter of keeping an eye out for pictures.
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!
This path is marked, but I don’t think many people are hiking here…
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
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.
I really like this route. It’s straight up and no bullshit.
Little by little, Moltustranda becomes smaller and smaller…
Then followed a transport leg up to Storehanen…
And then I could start painting…
The route to Tjørvåg is really long, so today, I would only cover the pitch 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.
As mentioned earlier, I know the surrounding terrain by heart, but I had never walked exactly *here* before…
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
Thursday: This trip is featured on a separate post…
Rjåhornet (600m), June 9 2023
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…
I had a long route ahead of me. Many sticks to repaint…
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…
I love this route. The views are amazing…
The reward for the good work was a nice off-trail descent into Høgsetdalen valley.
Whenever I pick a route during the summertime, I always make sure we’re passing water…
Trip statistics: 7km, 595 vertical meters, 3h:04m
Pictures (Canon EOS RP/Iphone 13 Pro Max) from the hike:
Orkja (948m), June 10 2023
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 start of the route is always wet. Knowing that, it’s not that bad…
Once above the forest, the views come out in full…
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.
Fortunately, Orkja also offered snow…
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!
I was still not finished exploring the summit plateau and headed for a place that would give us a good view of 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
Sunday: This trip is featured on a separate post…