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|08.08.23||Huldrehornet||271m||113m||Herøy, M&R, Norway||WCP||MAP|
|13.08.23||Røddalshorn||563m||100m||Sande, M&R, Norway||WCP||MAP|
|13.08.23||Rjåhornet||600m||107m||Herøy, M&R, Norway||WCP||MAP|
Huldrehornet (271m), Aug 8 2023
Tuesday: Back home after summer vacation. Monday was work and then a transport leg from Sogndal to Sunnmøre in pouring rain. The extreme weather “Hans” had hit Norway, but not so much western Norway.
My motivation for going hiking was rock bottom, given the weather and the vacation being over. I loved peak bagging” throughout Norway and wouldn’t mind chasing good weather and visiting many more tops for at least another week.
But I finally mustered enough will to hike Huldrehornet. Two days in a row without hiking means sickness and I wasn’t sick…
We descended via Djupvikhaugen. The weather wasn’t bad compared to what they were experiencing in eastern Norway. Many places looked like disaster zones. Fortunately, no one lost their lives. We’re “fortunate” in western Norway. Heavy rain quickly finds its way into the ocean, while in eastern Norway, the water travels and accumulates a long way, now leaving ruins behind.
Trip statistics: 6,6km, 350 vertical meters, 1h:31m
Årvikveten, Aug 10 2023
Thursday: No hiking on Wednesday as Karma was sedated and got a surgery for a lump on her tail. But today, she was her usual self again and didn’t seem bothered by the bandage on the tail. As the terrain was wet everywhere, I chose to hike Årvikveten from Drageskaret. At least the first part of the route is quite dry, thanks to rocks and slabs.
I like hiking on this mountain. There are many routes to choose between.
After a little while, Veten came into view and the dry part of the route was history.
The weather was not bad. “Hans” had moved on and the weather forecast for the rest of the week was quite good.
I wanted to get some new tracks on my hiking map, and we took an off-trail route down to lake Bjørkavatnet and then another off-trail route back to the path near Svedehornet. After a slow start this week, I felt like we were on a “rising curve” now…
Trip statistics: 8,1km, 490 vertical meters, 1h:59m
Melshornet (809m), Aug 11 2023
Friday: The forecast delivered on its promises and so after work I drove to Volda to hike Melshornet.
We started out from Bratteberg and followed the regular route towards Turnhytta and lake Dinglavatnet.
But just before Turnhytta, I decided that I wanted to go off-trail and get myself some “new tracks”. I had never hiked up or down the valley between Melshornet and Grøthornet and so that was what we did today.
Eventually, we got onto the normal route to Melshornet and could enjoy the fine view towards lake Dinglavatnet.
Shortly after, we reached the Melshornet cairn and could enjoy the even finer view towards Ørsta.
The Sunnmøre alps looked particularly gloomy today…
Then, a quick detour to the high point…
…before returning via Grøthornet (745m) and Sandhornet (660m) and descending to Reset in the slalom hill.
That’s when I noticed that I didn’t have the dog leash! Aargh! I particularly like this leash (although I seldom use it) and then and there decided to come back the next day and look for it…
Trip statistics: 7,4km, 700 vertical meters, 1h:56m
Pictures (Canon EOS RP/Iphone 13 Pro Max) from the hike:
Melshornet (809m), Aug 12 2023
Saturday: I was determined to retrieve the dog leash I had lost on the mountain the day before and decided to ascend yesterday’s descent route, this time starting at Reset.
Karma was not particularly happy about starting with the slalom hill, but sitting down or turning around was not an option.
Eventually, we were done with the steep hillside and could enjoy easier terrain towards Grøthornet.
Fortunately, she had access to water. The slalom hill made her seriously thirsty.
Eventually, we reached the top of Melshornet, without having seen the leash along the path. But I found it close to the cairn! Perfect!
I normally don’t hike the same mountain two days in a row, but somehow that doesn’t apply to Melshornet! I think I’ve only hiked this mountain two days in a row once before, but I’ve been here several days in a row on skis.
We took the steep route down to lake Dinglavatnet…
Now I was in the mood for exploring some new terrain, but I assumed that I had covered most of the routes here. But near Bergsskaret (on the route to Bratteberg), I noticed the Kortemyra signpost. That didn’t ring a bell and I decided to follow this path.
The path eventually led us down to the Reset road. I made a note to myself that going off-trail in this forest can also be fun!
I also made a note about coming back here with my bike. There are some really cool biking routes in this forest!
Trip statistics: 8,6km, 650 vertical meters, 2h:17m
Pictures (Canon EOS RP) from the hike:
Røddalshorn (563m), Aug 13 2023
Sunday: I was invited to a birthday celebration at 14:00, so any hiking before that would have to be limited. I chose to do a hike across Røddalshorn and Aurvollegga.
It was a nice hike in nice weather, but …
…there were so many flies on the summit that it was impossible to stay – up there – and sane at the same time.
We left the top immediately and sat course for Røddalen valley.
After a short ascent, we were on Aurvollegga (Egga) and could enjoy the view towards the Laupsnipa – Årvikveten mountain region.
The Egga ridge is a mighty nice hike, but there isn’t a good starting point down by the highway. Maybe we just need to develop one…
I never get used to the sight of the go cart track. I know that “stuff” needs to be “somewhere”, but it just looks misplaced up here…
Trip statistics: 6,1km, 465 vertical meters, 1h:14m
Rjåhornet (600m), Aug 14 2023
Sunday: After the hike and a shower, I went to the birthday party for a friend of mine. There were 35-40 guests, and I only knew 4 of them. I felt like the black duck. The food was awesome, though.
And then there was the cakes. I was thinking – “you’ve GOT to be kidding me”. Later, I learned about “Det Sunnmørske Kakebord” and that was exactly what I got exposed to. It was impossible not to try out at least 5-6 cakes.
When I left the party some hours later, I just had to hit the trail again. I need to get some of that sugar out of my system. I went back home, changed clothes, brought Karma and drove to Djupvika to hike Rjåhornet. At least, a 600 vertical meter ascent would help – some!
Karma had been extremely thirsty for a longer period of time. I’ve discussed it with the Vet, but as long as she’s not showing any symptoms of distress, there isn’t really much else to do – than to let her drink…
It was nice to reach the top. I dared to assume that at least 3 cakes were out of the system now.
Karma got her treats today also. But we’re not talking the same number of calories…
Trip statistics: 6,5km, 605 vertical meters, 1h:30m