Norwegian Mountains, Nordland
Gåsheituva, Skårklumpen & Kjerringlorten, July 15 2009
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Day 12 of my 2009 summer vacation in northern Norway;
After a quite intense and strenuous hike to Anddalshatten the day before, I was more than happy just strolling up and down some of the lower Brønnøy tops this Wednesday. Mom and I went up Mosaksla (526m) in the morning, only to discover that most of the surrounding mountains were hidden in fog. The fog lifted during the day, and I decided to hike up to Gåsheituva. This would be my first visit to this top.
It only took 17 minutes to get up, which certainly puts this top in the strolling category. But the view is just fantastic and Anddalshatten was the first mountain that caught my attention. In my book, that is certainly one majestic mountain! And for a moment, it felt surreal that I had been up and down that mountain the day before.
After a round of pictures from the Gåsheituva high point, I took the tour across the north and the east top before returning to the trailhead. A short, easy and fun walk.
Skårklumpen is a characteristic rock feature just southwest of Gåsheituva. As a child, I always stared at it (with some sort of fascination) when we passed it. The time had come to find out what's going on up there. If anything...
The hike to Skårklumpen was indeed short. I parked just below the top and headed straight up, granting myself a blueberry lunch along the way. Lunch included, it took exactly 8 minutes to the top. A pair of ravens (unwillingly) left the summit upon my arrival, and I had Skårklumpen all to myself. I sat down for a while, watching the traffic 60m down below.
"Can they see me?". I was now the observer. The King of the mountain (rather; the fool on the hill). I enjoyed this sensation for a little while before I picked up a much more interesting activity - photographing myself from every possible angle.
By now, I was really in a rock feature mood. I called my mom and asked where she was. "On Tilremshatten, heading down", she replied. "Excellent. Let's visit Kjerringlorten".
Kjerringlorten is a fun rock feature west of Gåsheituva. The name means something like "female droppings". The above picture speaks for itself, although I'm surprised that gender has been brought into this..
Shortly after I got there, mom turned up. After making sure that no one was about on the shooting range, we headed up the forest. Getting to the highest point involves some light scrambling, which went quite well. And 12 minutes after heading out, we were on top of Kjerringlorten.
After visiting Mosaksla, Gåsheituva, Skårklumpen and Kjerringlorten, it was time to look forward to my traditional end to a summer vacation day in northern Norway; beer and pizza. And (of course) to making plans for the next day..
Next report: Straumsfjellet (soon)
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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