Norwegian Mountains, Møre og Romsdal
"The WCP airport shuttle", May 12 2008
Sukkertoppen and Godøyfjellet
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Sveinung's visit to the Ålesund region ..
was coming to an end. We had done two nice trips in two days;
Kvitegga on Saturday and
Sylvkallen on Sunday.
On this Monday afternoon (the last day of Pentacost), I would drive him to the
airport, but not without showing some of my favorite walks in the region.
First stop; Sukkertoppen
We headed out from the parking area by the aquarium and headed
up Trollråsa. After the grey and rainy Sunday, the gorgeous weather was
back. We arrived at the Trollråsa mailbox and Sveinung signed the visitor's
register. Just as we started to move towards the top, I spotted a female
Black Grouse. On several occasions, I've skipped heartbeats after dark when
this type of bird had lifted, only a few feet away. But I had never seen one.
Apparently, a male is lurking around here too. Sveinung, who knows a great deal
about this bird family, couldn't understand what it was doing up in this steep
and rocky hillside. We managed to get a good look at it before it took off. A
fun encounter, it was.
Black Grouse in Trollråsa
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(the breakfast club) is a merry group of men who frequently
head down (from the top) to a big rock above Trollråsa. We had a long and fun
chat with this group before we headed up to the top. It was still fairly early
in the morning (just after 10AM), but there was quite a number of people on the
top. Sveinung was impressed. We chatted some more with people before we headed
down the normal route, descended off-trail to Skarbøvika and followed the road
back to the parking lot.
Next stop was Godøyfjellet.
Sveinung had been to Godøyfjellet once before, but he never saw the "Johan
Skytt" rock. When I showed him a picture, he got interested and wanted to see
it. So we headed up from Alnes. The colors were intense, and I couldn't remember
seeing the Alnes grass ever so green. My dog Troll was still keeping us company,
and insisted on doing his share of walking. The howl from the backpack was
"Johan Skytt" is a large rock that shoots out from the plateau
by Lake Alnesvatnet. Standing on the edge of the rock is an airy experience. I
guess you would fall 70-80 meters before you hit anything, and that would be a
big ouch. I was sort of familiar with this rock after my
last visit up here, and walked
bravely out on the edge of the rock. The wind was notable. But it wasn't
gale force, so no worries...
Sveinung had to acclimate a bit before standing tall on
the edge. Unfortunately, I ended up taking pictures of him with his camera only.
Perhaps he'll send me one for the album. I felt I had to take it up one notch
and performed a couple of split jumps. Indeed, my vertigo is diminishing by the
Up one notch..
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We went up to the island high point - Storhornet (497m) and
relaxed for a while. Sunnmøre sure looks pretty from up here. A new circular
viewfinder was installed on top, and the visitors can now see the names of
the distant mountains. We descended the west ridge and walked around Lake
Alnesvatnet before descending back to Alnes. Troll (14,5 yrs) was rather
exhausted after a long day in the mountains. I drove Sveinung to the airport and
wished him a good journey back to Voss. And hoped he enjoyed the wcp
The pictures were taken with a Canon EOS 300D + Canon EF-S
17-85mm IS USM F 4-5.6
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Trollråsa and Sukkertoppen
Godøya, "Johan Skytt" and Storhornet
Other Møre & Romsdal mountains
Other Norwegian mountains