Norwegian Mountains, Møre og Romsdal
Tverrfjellet/Adamshorn (627m), June 12 2011
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Tverrfjellet (aka Adamshorn) is a small top below Koppefjellet - one of the peaks between Åmdalen and Voldsfjorden/Austefjorden. Koppefjellet offers better views of course, but when you find yourself having done most of all of the peaks in this region, then Tverrfjellet can be a good choice.
On this Whitsunday, the fog hung low and it was raining light. Anne and me were looking for a short hike and Tverrfjellet came up as a good candidate. The route up the southeast ridge looked tempting, but was it too steep, perhaps? A hike up along the creek would perhaps be a better idea, and we would make the final decision when we got there.
We came via Ørsta, drove up Åmdalen, then Vatnedalen and the hairpin curves and reached the highest point on the road between Åmdalen and Austefjorden. This would be where our potential ridge route would begin, but the forest was dense and the route did not look tempting.
We drove down to Hjartåssætra where we spoke to a guy who said there was a deer track along the southeast ridge. My initial reaction was that if a deer can go there, so can we. He hadn't heard the name Tverrfjellet before and referred to the top as Aronshornet. We thanked him for his help and drove back to (almost) the top of the road (N62.11437 E6.23582), where we were to follow a road up to a cabin that is located almost on the ridge.
There was indeed a deer track up the ridge, but for the first five minutes, we didn't see it. But the ridge was fairly narrow and easy to follow. It was quite refreshing to be out in the fog and not be sure if the "path" we were on would take us to our target.
The ridge got gradually steeper (not documented through pictures), and at times - the ice axe came in quite handy (especially upon descent). It was evident that keeping a little eye on the forest details could be useful - to avoid taking a wrong turn on the way down. The ridge wasn't difficult, but probably not the place to bring kids.
40 minutes after leaving the car, we reached the top of Tverrfjellet. We could of course have continued up Koppefjellet, but I want to save a revisit for a sunny day (this mountain deserves it). So we headed back down the same way we came.
We decided to drive home via Volda, and down on the Austefjorden road, we met a herd of goats that brought huge smiles on our faces. In retrospect, we left this scene far too early, but I was hungry. We then drove to Ivar Aasen-tunet for a nice lunch. It was the first time I've been there. About time, I suppose...