Norwegian Mountains, Møre og Romsdal

Sukkertoppen: All-weather hike, Apr 20 2007

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Come join me walking the dog on this .. interesting (in terms of weather) Friday afternoon.

Changing tires on my car is a different ballgame than on the old Corsa. A new technique had to be applied, and my back wasn't ready for this technique. SNAP, and I was in the mode where you have to roll out of bed in order to get up. And I'm not even going to tell you how I got the socks on...

Visiting Sukkertoppen two days ago, I was hoping for an unexpected fall. The last two times my back SNAPped, two falls on Mt. Ulriken in Bergen fixed things. But faking a fall is hopeless. So today, fairly desperate to get my socks on in orderly fashion, I called the chiropractor.

The chiropractor had only a short opening for me. She was on the way to Oslo, and didn't have time to give me the ususal "Look! Is it a plane? Is it a bird? Is it -CRACK-" routine. She just told me that she was gonna crack me wide open, and that I would have to relax. "Give me your best shot", I said, ready for better days.

After two OUCHes and three KOHhhhs, she told me that my physical condition had dramatically improved, but that I would feel sore. Really? She encouraged me to spend the rest of the day walking, which was great news. Normally "they" tell you to relax for a month.

I did exactly what the Doctor ordered, and took the dog up to Sukkertoppen. An evil hailshower greeted us welcome, but as long it's only a shower, it doesn't matter. Once the shower passes, everything is so beautiful. The colors, the air, the lot.

After having passed the top, I decided to descend Tusseråsa - a route that I marked, meant to be the easy route down to the mailbox on the west ridge. After snow/hailfall, this route was anything but easy. Snow on top of the grass was not a good combination, and a slide would surely send me off the mountain. Good as it was, my ultra-sore back forced me to go SLOW.

Arriving the mailbox, out of the rocks popped my colleague Olav. I think he lives up here in periods. We headed up Trollråsa, and subsequently DOWN together. A very fine dog-walk indeed, but sweet LORD, my back was acing once I got into the car.

Pictures from the Apr 20 2007 hike

To the top

1. Not-so-good-weather (249KB) 2. When the Crow looks the other way... (163KB) 3. Contrasts (542KB) 4. The shower heads for Sykkylven (805KB) 5. Jippi! Fresh snow (174KB) 6. Gaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarggggggggggggh!! (298KB) 7. Fabulous light (126KB) 8. Ålesund (364KB) 9. Big thoughts .. (214KB)

Down Tusseråsa and up Trollråsa

10. Down Tusseråsa (242KB) 11. Down Tusseråsa (363KB) 12. Out from the rocks comes Olav (309KB) 13. Coastal Express passing (243KB) 14. Sula and Hareidlandet (434KB) 15. Up to the top again (239KB) 16. Two buddies (168KB) 17. Simply an uplifting hike (182KB)

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