Geitenibba (Goat Peak) is a "modest" top on Vaksvikfjellet/Ørskogfjellet, tucked between the higher neighbours Snaufjellet and Høgsvora. Geitenibba has a nice pyramid shape when seen from the north.
This page will describe an ascent from Sollisætra on Vaksvikfjellet, valid for summer and winter. Another trailhead is Kvanndalssætra to the northwest. See the Giskemonibba page for access. From Kvanndalssætra, simply head up Kvanndalen and head up to your right when you reach Lake Kvanndalsvatnet.
Geitenibba (Norge 1:50,000: 854m, Økonomisk Kartverk: -, UTM 32 V 395876 6930019) has a primary factor of 184m towards the higher parent Snaufjellet (893m). The defining saddle (approx. 32 V 395318 6930683) is found between Geitenibba and Koldafjellet. Ref. the Norge 1:50,000 map (20m contours), the saddle is within the range 660-680m, interpolated to 670m.
Personal GPS measurement read 856m (on the cairn - 1,5m high) as average over a 5-minute period.
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The trails described below are not necessarily the *easiest* trails to this mountain.
Sollisætra - Geitenibba
From Ålesund, follow highway E136->E39 towards Åndalsnes. From the E136/E39/Olsvika roundabout near Breivka, follow E39 approx. 28,1Km to the "Geiranger/Stordal" junction in Sjøholt. Turn right onto highway 650 (Geiranger/Stordal) and follow this road 7,3Km. Turn left towards "Vaksvikfjellet" and drive 3,9-4Km up to the Vaksvikfjellet parking. There is a fee (self-serviced fee box) at the parking area. In crowded winter days, people park their cars along the road. In summer/autumn, you can drive up to Sollisætra. Drive 600m and find turnout where you can park.
Follow a gravel road up to the uppermost cabins. When you see a fence heading in the direction of Sætrefjellet, stay on the left side. Once out in the open, just head upwards. In summer, you can head directly up to Sætrefjellet. Seek right (east) to avoid the most cumbersome section. In winter, consider skiing along Heimsteelva. Once on Sætrefjellet, just follow the ridge up to Geitenibba. There are two passes where you will lose some vertical gain. The summit is marked by a cairn. Descend your ascent route.
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