Norwegian Mountains, Møre og Romsdal
Above-the-fog day (Melshornet, Grøthornet, Leinehornet), Apr 4 2009
When I looked out my window on this Saturday morning, I didn't see much. But I instantly recognized the fog type, and knew that the world above it was a much better place. Unfortunately, I was on standby duty, so I couldn't just take off on a wonderful ski-trip in the higher mountains. But there are nice mountains in my local neighbourhood too, and I chose to visit Melshornet.
I drove to the Ulset trailhead and headed up the fine trail in thick fog. 3 other hikers left the trailhead at the same time. Rising above the fog at 380m elevation was just as nice as I had imagined it would be. IMHO, this type of fog makes the Sunnmøre mountains even more wonderful. I kept a good pace up the mountains and reached the summit 11:09am, 53 minutes after leaving the trailhead (3,6km, 560m vertical gain).
It was fun to see the viewfinder on the top - made by Henry Skeide and views identified by Gunnar Heltne. I was in contact with Gunnar during the making of it, but I hadn never seen it until now. I took a load of pictures, then headed back down and had a nice chat with the other hikers. I was back at the trailhead 11:55am, and set course for Åsefjellet (to be documented on a separate page) - a small forest top southwest of Melshornet.
After having visited Åsefjellet, I drove to Brandal and hiked Grøthornet. I had been to all of the surrounding mountains (Signalhornet, Skolma and Sneldelida), but never to Grøthornet. The time was 2:06pm when I reached the summit, and it had taken me 45 minutes to get there (2,4km, 460m vertical gain). I noticed that the fog layer was considerably lower than earlier in the day. It was also warmer, and I put the sweater in the backpack early on. Man, it was such a great, great day...
Still being in rabbit mode, I headed towards Leinøya (roof down, of course..) and Leinehornet's west ridge. I recently "discovered" this ridge, and the nice path leading upwards. The 1,1km, 350 vertical meters hike took only 22 minutes, and I kept going in and out of the fog along the way. But there was no fog on the summit, and I could enjoy a wonderful panorama before calling it a day. I had ascended 1500 vertical meters during the day, and was both hungry and thirsty. But full of good memories...
Most pictures were taken with a Canon EOS 450D + Canon EF-S 17-85mm IS USM F 4-5.6
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Wide-angle view from Melshornet
Zoom views from Melshornet
Other pics from Melshornet
Views from Grøthornet
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