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Æafjellet on Fjørtofta island was the natural destination this Saturday. The fog was thick and low, and it was raining. Not that Fjørtofta doesn't deserve to be visited in sunshine, but it was very convenient to stay below the fog. Besides, the best pictures of Fjørtofta, I had already taken in 2006.
It is a (relatively) long trip from Ålesund. I took the 13:25PM ferry from Brattvåg, and arrived Fjørtofta 14:00PM. I had an agreement with the woman driving in front of me, that I would get a "wink", as we passed the Æafjellet trailhead. She was true to her promise, and by 14:20PM, I was good to go.
As a stroke of sheer luck, I convinced my dog Troll to walk all the way to Æafjellet. The first part of the route, was a fairly dry tractor road. Then followed a fairly dry "forest" path, and by the time we reached the wet ridge, he had grown accustomed to walking.
We reached the top 14:35PM. There was a strong gale on top. I had problems keeping a steady position. Troll looked like he wanted to die on the spot. He know my routines well by now. Once I had completed the pictures, he took the lead down the hill.
He got surprised when I put him in the backpack a few minutes later. I wanted to visit Ramsberget before calling it a day. I took a direct route through the "forest" and ascended Ramsberget's south side, which was a bit steep at the top. The time was now 15:05PM, and the wind and the rainshowers convinced me to call it a day. I headed straight down Ramsberget's northeast ridge, and picked up a vague path along the way. Once down by the road, we had only 1Km back to the trailhead.
I drove around the island for sightseeing. Nothing much to see from the main road. We got on the 16:4PM ferry, which stopped by Dryna island. Boring trip. Raining POURING down. 18:35PM, we were back in Brattvåg, and within the next hour, back in Ålesund. Still wet.
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