Norwegian Mountains, Møre og Romsdal

Grøtshornet via the north ridge, May 22 2006

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Ever since I moved to Ålesund, I had wondered why Grøtshornet had earned the "proud" suffix "hornet" (horn). The mountain resembled a big hill more than a horn. But when I "discovered" the north side on a trip to Rekdalshesten, I was sold. The mountain was simply beautiful, rising gracefully up from the sea, narrowing in towards the top.

On this Monday afternoon, there was opportunity to visit the mountain again. This time from the north. My neighbour Pål came along for the hike, including his dog "Chico", and my dog "Troll". We left the trailhead 17:00PM. The weather was nice, but I had a feeling this could change during the afteroon.

Once we gained the ridge, we were blessed with a spectacular scene. An eagle came gliding in from the sea, graciously and mighty. What a sight. The eagle was gliding above us in circles, carefully evaluating potential candidates for dinner. Without any particular knowledge about eagles in general, I felt that the dogs were quite safe. I couldn't picture an eagle attacking when there were two humans present. I put the zoom lens on in a hurry, and althoug the pictures are not of the finest quality, they are indeed some of the most memorable pictures I've ever taken.

After a while, the eagle got bored and "sailed away". We took a break at 300m elevation, before continuing up the ridge. Pål enjoyed this characteristic ridge, and so did I. We arrived the top 17:50PM, and both dogs obviously understood that a "reward" was within reach. My old faithful fellow doesn't have perfect vision anymore, and I had to TELL HIM that the cairn was near. Then, he took off.

This should hardly come as any surprise, but Grøtshornet is (also) a splendid viewpoint. The view was however obscured by rainclouds above Ørstahalvøya, and they were heading our way. After a long and good break on top, we descended our ascent route and were back at the trailhead 20:05PM. And *then* it started to rain.

Pictures from the May 22 2006 hike

Map: I followed route 2.1 on this trip

0. Route 2.1 on the north ridge

To Grøtshornet

1. Heading up the forest (248KB) 2. North view from the path (422KB)

The eagle

3. Incoming eagle (182KB) 4. I see something.. (216KB) 5. SMALL DOGS!!! (84KB) 6. Hot dogs.. Yum.. (86KB) 7. Hmm, crowded (179KB) 8. One more turn (137KB) 9. The little one is mine.. (95KB) 10. Shit, I think he has a gun (131KB) 11. Not promising (118KB) 12. I think I am .. (103KB) 13. ..outtahere (153KB)

Continuing upwards...

14. A steep section ahead, to the right (309KB) 15. A small rest (315KB) 16. Halfway up the ridge (230KB) 17. The upper part (167KB) 18. View down from the ridge (359KB) 19. The north ridge (358KB) 20. Troll saving energy (355KB) 21. Chico - always on the move (225KB) 22. Vatnefjorden below (203KB) 23. Arriving the summit (247KB) 24. Pål on Grøtshornet (225KB)

360 deg. wide-angle panorama

25. 360 deg. wide-angle panorama from Grøtshornet (1312KB)

50mm panoramas, 2 parts

26. 50mm panorama from Grøtshornet, part 1/2 (1778KB) 27. 50mm panorama from Grøtshornet, part 2/2 (817KB)

Zoom views

28. Zoom panorama from Grøtshornet (935KB) 29. Blåskjerdingen seen from Grøtshornet (256KB) 30. Tops on Otterøya (125KB)


31. Time to go.. (305KB) 32. Vatne (242KB) 33. A cool rock (207KB) 34. Done! (242KB)

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