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Ryssdalshornet (1201m) from Ryssdal,
Aug 20 2011


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Ryssdalshornet

Ryssdalshornet
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It was the Sandanedagane weekend in Gloppen, and Anne was there together with colleagues from Statens Naturoppsyn (SNO). On Friday (Aug 19th), they had raised a lavvo (a temporary dwelling used by the Sami people of northern Scandinavia) in which they could serve visitors coffee and something to bite into. Inside and outside the lavvo was a small exhibition which represented some of SNO's tasks. 

 

Waiting for the showdown...

Waiting for the showdown...
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Anne and me rented an apartment just outside the centre of Sandane. The idea was that while Anne was working at the lavvo, I could walk about in the local mountains.

Fortunately for me, Anne's working schedule on Saturday (Aug 20th) allowed time for a hike in the nearby region, and as neither one of us had been to Ryssdalshornet, the choice was clear. We invited our friends Lise and Ove Lotsberg to join in. They are both peakbaggers of the finest sort, and both of them had been to Ryssdalshornet earlier.

 

Gloppenfjorden in sunset

Gloppenfjorden in sunset
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We met up with Lise and Ove in Sandane, then drove to Ryssdal - from where we parked our cars and headed out a little after 9am. We started in a ferocious pace - Lise's trademark; "make them suffer from the start and gradually take them apart..."  ;)

We followed the forest road up to Ryssdalsst°ylen and arrived there at 09:43am. A short break was in order while Anne was finishing her phone calls (work related)...

 

Short break at Ryssdalsst°ylen

Short break at Ryssdalsst°ylen
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The path up to Ryssdalshornet's north ridge was in average quite steep, but we still kept a good pace. That is - we had no other options - if we wanted to keep up with Lise ;)

 

Lise takes the lead up the forest

Lise takes the lead up the forest
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It was nice to arrive on the north ridge. The view got more and more impressive by the minute. I had set my eyes on Ryssdalshornet back in 2002 and now I was finally on my way! Some times it's just worth the wait...

 

On the north ridge

On the north ridge
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We arrived on the summit at 10:45am - approx. 1h:45m after heading out. Some fog prevented the perfect panorama, but I still got a fairly got a good overview of the Gloppen mountains. Afterwards it was time for the group picture...

 

On Ryssdalshornet

On Ryssdalshornet
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We stopped by the north top on our way down. The visitor's register was located here, which probably means that a lot of people consider the north top as the primary target. Moreover, you can see Sandane from the north top and that is probably the main explanation. Mountain hikers tend to want to see "home"...

 

To the north top

To the north top
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After a short stay on the north top, we descended our ascent route and were back at the trailhead 12:14pm. After a quick shower at the apartment (Lise and Ove spent the night there), we returned to the lavvo. It was great fun to go on a trip with Lise and Ove again. Previously, we had been to H°gefjellet (only with Lise) and Hjelmen. Lise and Anne had to work on Sunday, but Ove and me planned to pay a visit to some tops along the Gloppen - Naustdal the day after.

 

Back in the lavvo

Back in the lavvo
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Pictures

The pictures were taken with a Canon EOS 550D + Canon EF-S 18-200mm 3.5-5.6 IS

 

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Sandanedagane with Statens Naturoppsyn, Aug 19 2011

1. The route 2. The SNO lavvo 3. Gloppenfjorden 4. Tivoli in town 5. The SNO lavvo 6. Ryssdalshornet 7. Gloppenfjorden - evening view 8. Gloppenfjorden - evening view 9. Gloppenfjorden - evening view 10. Dinner in the lavvo

Ryssdalshornet, Aug 20 2011

11. Breakfast! 12. Our rented cabin in Sandane 13. The trailhead 14. On our way up the forest road 15. Important choice... 16. The road to Ryssdalsst°ylen 17. At Ryssdalsst°ylen 18. At Ryssdalsst°ylen 19. At Ryssdalsst°ylen 20. At Ryssdalsst°ylen 21. On the mountain path 22. Ove has faith... 23. The path is easy to follow 24. It is a steep hillside 25. It is getting even steeper 26. Ove is also capturing the hike 27. In the steepest section 28. In the steepest section 29. Eh.. no thanks? 30. It is best without rope... 31. Rysssdalsst°ylen 32. Gloppenfjorden and Sandane 33. On the ridge 34. On the ridge 35. Sandane 36. Ryssdalsst°ylen 37. Mind the steps... 38. Fantastic views 39. The final hill before the summit ridge 40. Passing the north top 41. Next stop: the summit! 42. The summit ridge 43. The summit ridge 44. On top of Ryssdalshornet 45. Reed

Wide angle view from Ryssdalshornet

46. Wide angle view from Ryssdalshornet

Other pictures from the summit

47. Skjorta 48. Botnafjellet 49. S°rsendalen 50. Ytre Kandalsst°ylen 51. The 4 of us on Ryssdalshornet 52. Ove celebrates in full...

The north top + descent

53. Leaving the summit 54. The north top 55. Lise and Anne, enjoying the view 56. Up to the north top 57. Looking back on the summit 58. Signing in... 59. Panorama view 60. Sandane 61. Turtledoves... 62. Leaving the north top 63. Dyrenibba 64. Back at the SNO lavvo 65. Back at the SNO lavvo

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