Norwegian Mountains, M°re og Romsdal
Rjňhornet & L°keberget, Mar 8 2009
After a long trip to Stadlandet the day before, I didn't feel like driving anywhere on this Sunday morning. "Fortunately", it was raining and I could barely see the local mountains. That made the decision about staying in the local area a bit easier. After breakfast, it had stopped raining, and I decided to visit Rjňhornet (600m). If the weather settled, I might include Sletteheidane (542m) on the hike. When I parked the car at Leikong, the sun shone on Rjňhornet, while the weather was not good in the ěrsta/Volda region. I took this as a big bonus and headed up the mountain.
On my way up Rjňhornet, I noticed another hiker (and his dog) coming up from the east. I assumed that it was their tracks I had seen "all" through the winter. I reached the top within the hour (10:55am) and continued immediately towards Sletteheidane. The weather was still holding up, but rainshowers seemed to get closer by the minute. It was very nice to walk on firm snow to Sletteheidane - a top I hadn't been to before. The weather was now just gorgeous, although the strong wind was very cold. In my book, few things beat walking/skiing on snow in the sunshine.
Upon returning to Rjňhornet, I met the other hiker. His name was Gunnar, and Rjňhornet is definitely "his" mountain. I had a very nice chat with Gunnar and good fun playing with his cute dog. I headed up Rjňhornet again before descending my ascent route. I met yet another hiker before arriving at the trailhead. As I've for the most part been hiking after dark since moving to Gursk°ya, it was nice to be out in the daylight and see other people.
Back home, I didn't feel well. I had been drinking water from several creeks, but that's normally a safe thing to do. In any case, I decided to rest for a few hours, and to the sound of rain, I soon fell asleep.
When I woke up again, I felt just fine. Moreover, it had stopped raining and the sun was shining. I just had to get out again. I decided to visit L°keberget (589m) on Hareidlandet - a top I hadn't been to since May 2006. I remembered the route well, and reached the top in about 40 minutes after leaving the trailhead near L°setvatnet. The time was now 5pm and the colors were getting deeper. Sunnm°rsalpene were just breathtaking with white snow and dark shades.
After the hike, I paid Ulsteinvik a quick visit before finishing today's walks on Huldrehornet (271m). It had been a busy weekend, counting 9 tops and 2900 vertical meters.
The pictures were taken with a Canon EOS 450D + Canon EF-S 17-85mm IS USM F 4-5.6
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Rjňhornet & Sletteheida
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