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After two days of rest since the highly memorable trip to Austerdalsberget in Sogn og Fjordane, it was time to pay a visit to the local mountains. The plan was to visit Storskjerdingen and Tverrfjellet on this afternoon hike, but fog made me skip Tverrfjellet. Not that I couldn't visit the top in fog, but I wanted pictures and good weather at least from one of these tops.
The dog ("Troll") and I left the trailhead in Nakkedalen 17:15PM, followed the forest road for a little while and then headed up the forest path. Troll seemed eager to be "on the road again" and didn't annoy me with his usual sit-down act. He walked all the way to the Tverrfjellet - Storskjerdingen saddle, where I put him in the backpack and left the path. I'm not even sure if the path continued. Visibility was low.
On the way to Storskjerdingen, I made an effort in remembering details along the way. The "game" was to always have two distinct features in view at the same time. And remember them. Half-way up the hill, I let Troll out of the backpack, and we reached the top 18:05PM.
We waited around for a while, hoping the fog would lift. I had blue sky above, but didn't seen anything. After a few minutes, I got Melen and Blåskjerdingen in view, but only for a few minutes. When the fog closed in again, we left the summit. I was able to follow my "distinct features" for a while, but the fog was now thicker. I couldn't see the same distance as upon ascent. Not lost, but out of "features", I followed my instincts, and traversed until I noticed a familiar rock. From there on, I was able to follow my ascent route down to the path. A fun exercise. I had my GPS, of course, but didn't have to use it.
Troll got the exercise I hoped he would, walking almost all the way up, and all the way down. We were back at the trailhead 18:50PM, and witnessed a beautiful beginning of sunset on the way back to Ålesund.
Sunset in progress
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