Norwegian Mountains, Sogn og Fjordane
Ryssdalshornet (1201m) from Ryssdal,
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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.
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.
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)...
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 ;)
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...
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...
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"...
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.
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
Ryssdalshornet, Aug 20 2011
Wide angle view from Ryssdalshornet
Other pictures from the summit
The north top + descent
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