Unstable weather week
|19.09.23||Rambjøra||132m||109m||Herøy, M&R, Norway||WCP||MAP|
Garnestua (654m), Hasundhornet (533m), Sep 18 2023
Monday: This week, like many past weeks, started with very little energy left. But I pulled myself together and drove up to Løset to hike Garnestua.
Overcast, but otherwise just fine. Great temperature!
As we approached Garnestua, energy was coming back, and I decided to make this a roundtrip hike via Hasundhornet.
But first, the usual pictures and treats on Garnestua…
Then we moved on towards Hasundhornet. I catch myself in taking these views for granted. I shouldn’t. Not that the views are going anywhere, but some day I won’t be able to get up here. A note to self about enjoying the views to the fullest, every time!
And then we reached the top of Hasundhornet!
We took the nice gravel road back to the Fjelle road, and then had 2,8 not-so-fun km, back to the car.
Trip statistics: 9,8km, 580 vertical meters, 2h:05m
Rambjøra (132m), Sep 19 2023
Tuesday: My first time with the brushcutter. I looked forward to making some serious progress on the Rambjøra trail. I don’t know how many hours I’ve spent up here, with the lopper – making little or minimal impact.
This is a kick-ass machine! Terrible noise and ear protection is mandatory. But Karma doesn’t care one bit about the loud noise. Probably because it’s static.
On top, it was time for some treats. Karma had waited patiently. I still hadn’t found the best technique and looked forward to get back up here and become more effective.
Trip statistics: 3km, 130 vertical meters, 1h:25m
Roppehornet (412m), Sep 20 2023
Wednesday: The forecast had promised incoming rain, I just didn’t know exactly *when* and hoped that I could get to the top of Roppehornet before the rain sat in. I figured that the descent would be quick and effective anyway.
It’s a nice hike from Gåsneset. I normally descend via Flø when the weather is nice. I couldn’t imagine that today. I always try my utmost to create a roundtrip hike, but with the forecast, I was willing to make an exception.
Just when we reached the top, the rain sat in. How about that for timing…
For some reason I still don’t understand, I decided to return via Flø. But first, I had to get down to the Roppemarka fields.
Once down on the Roppemarka road, I ran into cows on the road. I decided to take a detour to avoid a confrontation between the cows and the dog and the detour was just terrible.
But eventually, we were on the tractor road down to Roppane and I hoped there wasn’t any more cows below us. Fortunately, there wasn’t.
We went down to the beach and enjoyed the sand for a minute, before taking on the 2,1km back to Gåsneset.
Trip statistics: 8,6km, 485 vertical meters, 1h:55m
Lidaveten (592m), Sep 21 2023
Thursday: It was Karma’s birthday and I figured we could celebrate it with a nice roundtrip hike across Lidaveten in Volda. This would be a very traditional roundtrip hike from Berkneset.
In the year I’m turning 60, no ascents come for free. Neither did this one and I was happy to get above the forest and start taking in the views…
The summit wasn’t far away…
It’s ALWAYS nice to be on top of Lidaveten. The views are just great!
Being her birthday and all, Karma got an extra portion of treats on top. And there would be something extra waiting at dinner time also.
I always hate to leave this top, but it was time to move on…
We headed down in the direction of Eideim…
…before getting on the forest road that would take us in the direction of Berkneset.
It was almost like Karma sensed that it was a special day…
Before driving into the Eiksund tunnel, I had to stop for a picture of Liadalsnipa.
And once out of the Eiksund tunnel, I had stop for one last picture…
Trip statistics: 7,4km, 625 vertical meters, 2h:04m
Melshornet (809m), Vardehornet (600m), Sep 22 2023
Friday: Another great weather day and I decided to drive to Ulsteinvik in my lunch break. 20 minutes of driving and 10 minutes of walking the dog…
After work, I drove to Volda and headed out from Klepp without a clear goal. I was hoping to reach Melshornet but would probably be happy with Vardehornet.
I took a path that I’ve never taken before, and the path took me to “Kometland” (Comet country) and I was totally taken by surprise. I had never, ever expected to find something like this in the Volda forests!
I mean – wow! I didn’t take the time to explore the whole site. I got the general idea after a few seconds and figured I could always come back…
Then we sat course for Gildrehammaren (335m).
Gildrehammaren is a place I’ve recently discovered, and I still enjoy passing through here…
Then we headed for the path towards Tverrfjellet.
I’ve become a HUGE FAN of the trail network above Volda. It’s just so many paths…
At Tverrfjellet, Vardehornet and Melshornet comes into view, and I had to decide on what I should go for…
And with Karma turning 11, I should perhaps also ask her – what do YOU want to go for?
In any case, we would definitely pass across Vardehornet!
The thing is – once on Vardehornet, Melshornet doesn’t feel very far away. And so, once again – Melshornet became the main goal for the hike!
This was an interesting weather day. A whole lot of weather was moving in, and the “warning” was of the more beautiful kind…
With rain moving in, we hurried up to Melshornet and reached the top just as the rain came in.
The rain shower didn’t last long and on the below picture, we’re in the middle of it, with better weather just a few yards away.
I just loved this hike. It offered everything I could hope for, in terms of light.
Trip statistics: 12km, 835 vertical meters, 2h:34m
Løkeberget (579m), Sep 23 2023
Saturday: More rain showers incoming, and I decided to settle for a hike to Løkeberget from Løset. We were only halfway up the forest before the first rain shower paid us a visit…
The upper mountain was covered with fog, and I assumed this would be “one of those hikes.”
And it was…
As I always look for a roundtrip option, it was clear that we would have to go off-trail once again. The upper part was quite easy.
We were heading down into a steep forest, but I was just happy that the rain showers had moved on…
Now, we just had to find a way down to the road (left)
It was steep in places, but overall – not too bad. At least I got another GPS track covering a blank spot on my GPS map – which I’ve maintained since the year 2000…
Trip statistics: 4,8km, 375 vertical meters, 1h:18m
Måsheidane (870m), Sep 24 2023
Sunday: This hike is featured on a separate page…