Norwegian Mountains, Møre og Romsdal
Nonshornet is one of the highest peaks in the mountain region enclosed between Standalsdalen, Follestaddalen, Åmdalen, Bondalen valleys and Hjørundfjorden. Dalegubben is the highest peak. Typical for the main mountain massif is a steep south flank and valleys (subsequently also ridges) to the north. From east to west, the valleys are Nøvedalen (aka Nevedalen & Aklestaddalen), Koppen, Kalvedalen and Smådalen. Some of the peaks are easy to reach on their easiest routes. Some require scrambling, and even climbing. Most of the ridge traverses are advanced mountaineering.
Nonshornet is normally ascended via Koppen or from Nøvedalen. This page describes the route from Nøvedalen. The route is overall easy, but there is a short pitch high on Nonshornet where you will need to use your hands. The scramble is short (one move, basically) and easy (YDS 3), but the pitch is also airy. Along the way you'll pass Fremste Kopphornet at 1194m elevation.
Nonshornet (Norge 1:50,000: 1305m, Økonomisk Kartverk: 1305m, UTM 32 V 364222 6903163) has a primary factor of 215m towards the higher parent mountain Grøtdalstindane (1331m). The defining saddle (approx. UTM 32 V 364216 6902172) is found on the ridge towards Høgrestinden/Nøvedalstinden. Ref. Norge 1:50,000 (20m contours), the saddle is within the contours 1080-1100m, interpolated to 1090m.
Google's interactive map. You can zoom, pan and click on the markers.
Notes: Class ratings are in reference to YDS. Click here for more information.
The trails described below are not necessarily the *easiest* trails to this mountain.
(all distances are approx. distances)
From Ålesund, follow highway E39 towards Bergen/Volda to the ferry at Solavågen. Take the ferry over to Festøya. Turn left in the direction of Standal and follow the road 19,3Km (passing Store Standal along the way)Locate a small parking area (UTM 32 V 363908 6905187) on the right-hand side of the road.
The road between Store Standal and Follestaddalen has traditionally been closed during winter, but according to standalalpesenter.no, the road is now open all year around. Per June 2008, the road is not a toll road.
From the parking, follow the Sylvkallen path that leads into Nøvedalen. This area can be quite boggy and wet. Stick to the path until you see it turns eastbound. Then continue southbound up to the ridge leading to Nonshornet. The ridge curves and leads up to Fremste Kopphornet (1194m), where you'll find a trigonometric point. Enjoy the view towards Nonshornet's impressive north wall.
On the ridge towards Nonshornet, you'll pass a rock section (slightly airy) that requires scrambling. After one long move, you're in the clear and can proceed up to the summit without facing any further obstacles. Nonshornet summit is marked by a small cairn, but the ground east of the cairn is slightly higher. In winter/spring, be aware of the cornices facing east.
Descend your ascent route, or descend via Koppen.
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