Norwegian Mountains, Møre og Romsdal
Sandegga is found on the Ørsta/Volda municipality border and belongs to the mountain region defined by Bondalen, Skjåstaddalen and Austefjorden. The mountain has 3 summits; 1389m is the south top and is normally ascended from Langvatn by Austefjorden (this is the route described on this page). Point 1387m is found 250 meters to the northeast. This top - and the the north top (1345m) is normally ascended from Skjåstadsætra. At the present, this site has no knowledge about the summit ridge across the three tops, or the ridge connecting to Storetinden (via point 1216m).
The route from Langvatn is used both as a hiking route and spring skiing route. There is avalanche danger from Sandegga's south face (Neshornet) as well as from the slopes below Langvassætra. These slopes are also dangerous if the snow is hard. In this case, ice-axe and crampons might be required. In addition, point 1389m has dangerous cornices. Be very aware of the snow conditions on this mountain!
Sandegga (Norge 1:50,000: 1390m, Økonomisk Kartverk: 1389m, UTM 32 V 363971 6886802) has a primary factor of 239m towards the higher parent mountain Storetinden (1408m). The defining saddle (approx. 32 V 365132 6888188) is found between point 1216m and point 1363m. Ref. Norge 1:50,000 (20m contours), the saddle is within the range 1140-1160m, interpolated to 1150m.
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Route 1: Langvatn - Sandegga (all seasons)
This route description is valid per Apr 2012
(all distances are approx. distances)
The starting point for this route description is the town Volda on Sunnmøre.
From Volda, follow the road along Austefjorden towards Fyrde/Austefjord. As this is written, the Kvivsvegen road is under construction, so the road description is for the moment a bit vague. Once you have passed the two exits towards Fyrde (the new road runs north and outside of Fyrde/Austefjord), drive approx. 1,3km and turn left (N62.06177 E6.36946) towards Solsida (the old road - and signposted). Drive 0,9km and turn left on a gravel road (N62.06022 E6.38485 - not ploughed in winter). Continue this (rough) road 0,3km up to a parking area (N62.06210 E6.38807).
From the parking, walk towards a gate by the nearest creek. Go through the gate and follow a path 0,2km to the east (don't cross the creek!) before the path turns northeast and runs upwards between the two creeks coming down the mountain. The path is vague and may be very hard to see in places. Moreover, avalanches may make forward progress difficult in the lower section. Expect to look for the route in places, and in worst case - use your hands to negotiate obstacles like small cliffs. Once you pass 400 meters, the obstacles are history and it's a straightforward hike up to Langvassætra (N62.06852 E6.40298) at 676m.
From the cabins, head northeast until you reach the Sandegga - Langvasshornet ridge. Turn left (northwest) and follow the ridge upwards. The summit point may be difficult to reach in winter because of cornices. Think twice before you decide to challenge mother nature...