Norwegian Mountains, Møre og Romsdal

Hornet & Heidane from Rotevatnet, Mar 14 2009

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Saudehornet (Ørsta) in the morning

Saudehornet (Ørsta) in the morning
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Mar 14 2009 was a gorgeous day, and I was on standby duty. Which meant that I was committed to a certain response time in case of a problem at work. Armed with a computer in the car and the knowledge that Hornet could be descended within the response time, I decided to complete the list of tops between Volda and the Vatnetdalen/Aldalen road. Normally, I stay in the local region during standby duty, but this kind of weather voids normal practice. After all, this was March, and we're not spoiled with good weather in western Norway. .

I didn't know much about Volda back-country, so I let the GPS lead me to something that looked like a forest path in the direction of Horndalsvatnet. It didn't take me long to lose the path, but I continued and hoped that something good would present itself.

Something good turned out to be a bridge leading me onto a fine forest road. Aha! Surely the main forest road in the Volda back-country. At first, the road was free of snow, and then it became packed with hard snow that carried my weight. All the way to Horndalsvatnet.


The route from Horndalsvatnet

The route from Horndalsvatnet
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Arriving at Lake Horndalsvatnet, I was struck by the route up to the ridge above. It seemed hilariously steep. At last, it seemed that the crampons that I've been carrying around would come to good use. But first, I had to make it to the other end of the lake. The GPS said there would be a path, but I couldn't find it. Fed up with dense forest, I went down to the lake instead. But the ice on the lake was absolutely not trustworthy and I had to get back into the forest. Fortunately, I found the path and got to the other end without much more trouble.

As the snow was hard as ice, I had to use crampons to get up the steepest part towards the ridge. In the very second that I met sunlight, the snow was soft as butter. It didn't matter, though. The plod up the southeast ridge was 99% joy, and 1% effort.


On the way to Hornet

On the way to Hornet
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I arrived on Hornet summit 11:15am, 1h:45m after heading out. Everything was just great. The weather, the views, the temperature and the silence from my cell phone. After a short (but nice) stay on top, I moved on towards Heidane.

The top of Heidane was reached 11:36am, and now I had to determine how I should descend this mountain. With snow, the paths wouldn't do me any good, so I headed straight for Lake Dalstjørna. This short-cut was a steep one, but I found a good route down to the lake, and was now below the snow.

I found the path in this valley and followed it back to the forest road I was on earlier. I decided to follow it all the way down, just to see where it would take me. The road took me to the main road by Lake Rotevatnet, and my trailhead was only 700m to the northeast.

Veirahaldet & Blåtinden

Veirahaldet & Blåtinden
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Trip facts:

The hike was 9,1km with a vertical gain of 700m and took me 3h:10m.


The first set of pictures were taken with a Canon EOS 450D + Canon EF-S 17-85mm IS USM F 4-5.6.

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To the Hornet trailhead

1. Liadalsnipa and Ørstafjorden 2. Saudehornet in Ørsta 3. Snøhornet, 1025m 4. Skåla 5. My trailhead

To Hornet

0. Trip tracks 6. A farm with a view 7. Joining the main forest road 8. Rotsethornet junction 9. The mountain comes into view 10. Hombersetra junction 11. On snow 12. The route from Horndalsvatnet 13. The route up to the ridge 14. Masts on Koppefjellet 15. Me and my shadow 16. On the way up Hornet 17. Skarphornet and Koppefjellet 18. Eidskyrkja 19. Koppefjellet 20. Almost on Hornet 21. Arriving on Hornet

Wide-angle view from Hornet

22. Wide-angle view from Hornet

Zoom views from Hornet

23. Zoom view from Hornet 24. Zoom view from Hornet

To Heidane + descent

25. Horndalsvatnet 26. Heidane 27. Kolåstinden 28. Voldsfjorden 29. Looking back on Hornet 30. Koppefjellet & Snøhornet 31. Looking back on Hornet 32. Folkestad 33. Vassdalstinden 34. Veirahaldet & Blåtinden 35. Instehornet 36. Volda 37. A cairn below Heidane 38. Instehornet 39. Daletjørna 40. Løypingskaret 41. Just above Rotevatnet

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