Norwegian Mountains, M鷨e og Romsdal

Litle Gophornet (781m) and Gopehornet (998m) from 巒setdalen, June 17 2011


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The route to Gopehornet (hiked in summer)

The route to Gopehornet (hiked in summer)
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Gopehornet was a peak that I had wanted to visit for a while, but I had absolutely no information about any kind of route. The only thing to do was to have a look for myself and I decided to do so on a Friday afternoon in the midst of June. My target was the west ridge. Based on what I could see on pictures, it looked steep and it scared me...

 

Getting there ...

On my way up 巒setdalen, I decided to ask people I saw about Gopehornet. A man - obviously a local farmer,  pointed me towards a house, and I decided to make the visit. Perhaps it would be worth the while. At this house was a person who obviously knew the local mountains inside and out. At first, he was very worried about this stranger (me) heading up to Gopehornet at this time of the day, but after I seemed to have relaxed him, he told me to go via the 權asstinden - Gopehornet ridge. And he mentioned details that revealed a good knowledge about the mountain. Uplifted, I continued towards my trailhead near at Grytaelva. As there didn't seem to be a path, the river would be the best way to approach the mountain.

 

 

My route to the mountains

My route to the mountain
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Litle Gophornet ...

The river route was a bit cumbersome, but at least I didn't have to fight bush. After 0,8km, I ran into snow and had to proceed on the south side of the river. The first section was a bit steep and I had to make sure I didn't slip or do anything else of the foolish sort. The ice-axe was a good friend, and together we gradually made our way up to the top of Litle Gophornet.

 

 

My route to Litle Gophornet

My route to Litle Gophornet
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To the ridge...

vasstinden was hidden in fog and the wild terrain below it seemed to blend in well with any Norwegian Troll fairy tale. It was time to choose a route up to the ridge. It didn't take me long to make my decision; I was looking for a route free of snow, and there wasn't much to choose between. Moreover, my choice of route seemed like a good one and I assumed I would make it to the top of the ridge without any sort of problem.

 

My route up from Gopen

My route up from Gopen
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Along the ridge ...

I was right. Although steep, the route up to the ridge was easy enough. But as I followed the ridge in the direction of Gopehornet, I immediately ran into terrain that I strongly disliked (narrow ridge, unstable rock) and I chose to pass around these obstacles by descending into the adjacent gully (grass) and top out on the ridge further ahead.

Then followed an easy section before the terrain again became a bit awkward, but obstacles could easily be passed on the right-hand side. The lesson learned was that as soon as I left the ridge crest, route finding became an important task. But once the route was found, the route was also fairly easy. Or should I say; exposed and fairly easy...

 

 

On the ridge towards Gopehornet

On the ridge towards Gopehornet
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The final section of the ridge ...

I hadn't really paid attention to the fact, but suddenly it was apparent that I had been descending 50-60 meters before facing the final section up to the summit. I looked up the 80 meter high summit ridge and wondered what "fun" it would have in store for me. There was something halfway up the ridge, and I didn't like it...

But the summit ridge was easier than the ridge I had followed so far. That "something" I had seen from below was easily sorted out (scrambled) and a few minutes later - I was standing on top on Gopehornet! The time was 7:30pm, and it took me 1h:55m to get there. There were times I was in doubt, but lo and behold - now I was finally up here.

 

 

On top of Gopehornet

On top of Gopehornet
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Descent ...

As I retraced my steps down the mountain, and the adrenaline sunk to a normal level, I tried to put Gopehornet into a category. If you divide the 喣sta mountains into two categories; 1) the ones where you just walk and don't have to worry about anything and 2) the rest, then Gopehornet was clearly among the easier tops in the rest category.

Back in 巒setdalen, I decided to "report back" to the man I had spoken with earlier. He seemed to enjoy the report from "the stranger", and we parted a few minutes later.

Later, I learned that a friend of mine had ascended Gopehornet via the south ridge (from Bj鷨naskaret) and the man I spoke with in 巒setdalen told me that some ascended via the west ridge. That ridge looked so steep that I'm not sure if he confused the west and the south ridge, but the point is that the route described above is not the only route to Gopehornet. And - some climb 權asstinden via this ridge, too...

 

The ridge towards 權asstinden

The ridge towards 權asstinden
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Pictures

The pictures were taken with a Canon EOS 550D + Canon EF-S 17-85mm IS USM F 4-5.6

 

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To Litle Gophornet

1. GPS profile 2. GPS tracks 3. The tops 4. The trailhead 5. Up the river 6. Gopehornet 7. Litle Gophornet 8. 權asstinden massif 9. Up the valley 10. Lingering snow 11. Bukkedalstinden 12. Along the river 13. A small gorge 14. Pinnacle below 權asstinden 15. Saudehornet 16. Below 權asstinden 17. Below 權asstinden 18. The trailhead 19. Levandehornet

Wide-angle view from Litle Gophornet

20. Wide-angle view from Litle Gophornet

To Gopehornet

21. Litle Gophornet 22. Up to the ridge 23. Gopehornet 24. Vassdalstinden 25. Bukkedalstinden 26. The summit ridge 27. Gopehornet 28. The west ridge 29. The ridge to 權asstinden 30. Litle Gophornet 31. On the ridge 32. Langedalen peaks 33. The ridge to 權asstinden 34. Mannen and Kjerringa 35. On the ridge to Gopehornet 36. Narrow spots 37. On the ridge to Gopehornet 38. On the ridge to Gopehornet 39. Looking back 40. The final hill 41. Langedalen 42. Scrambling section 43. On top of Gopehornet

Other pics from Gopehornet + descent

44. Top of the west ridge 45. Langedalen peaks 46. The south ridge 47. Vassdalstinden 48. Kol廛tinden 49. 權asstinden 50. The route up and along the ridge 51. Litle Gophornet 52. H鷤ehornet and Romedalstinden 53. Langedalen peaks 54. Langedalen peaks 55. H鷤ehornet west ridge 56. Romedalstinden

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