Øspetinden (sometimes called Ospetinden) is a pyramid-shaped peak located between Tresfjord and Måndalen. Routes run up from both places, but this page will describe an easy (although long) route from Daugstadsetra east of Tresfjorden.
The detailed map on this page have outlined potential routes from Tresfjord, Hoem, Daugstadsetra and Venåssetra (Måndalen). It is a fact that the route from Venåssetra is a popular one, but the others (except for the route from Daugstadsetra) are much less traveled. The traverse across Storknubben and Sessknubben would probably classify as advanced, and is described in the booklet Fra topp til topp i Romsdal (Gjelstenli).
The basin facing Måndalen is good for downhill skiing, and Måndalen seems like the only practical trailhead, if you want to have an ordinary ski-trip. The route from Daugstadsetra to Lake Stavvatnet takes 1,5 hours in summer, and is not well suited if your skis have skins.
Some will find Øspetinden summit a bit airy. If you hike from Daugstadsetra, the final 20 vertical meters may seem a bit steep, and the short distance to the summit may seem airy. However, most people, with a normal head for heights, should be fine on the east ridge from Stavvatnet. This assumption is only valid if the route doesn't get particularly more difficult when snow-free. For the east ridge, in winter, crampons and ice-axe are recommended and necessary on hard snow.
Øspetinden (Norge 1:50,000: 1228m, Økonomisk Kartverk: -, UTM 32 V 409942 6932873) has a primary factor of 355m towards the higher Sandfjellet (1470m). The saddle (approx. UTM 32 V 409237 6932321) is found in Sylteskaret between Øspetinden and Øspefonna. Ref. Norgesglasset (5m contours), the saddle is within the range 870-875m, interpolated to 873m.
Personal GPS measurement read 1228m as average height over 5 minutes.
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The trails described below are not necessarily the *easiest* trails to this mountain.
Daugstadsetra - Øspetinden (autumn)
From Ålesund, follow highway E136->E39 towards Åndalsnes. From the E136/E39/Olsvika roundabout near Breivka, follow E39 47,1Km (passing the place Sjøholt along the way). Turn right towards "Åndalsnes". Drive approx. 12,4Km on highway E136 (you pass the place Tresfjord along the way) and turn right towards "Daugstadsetra". Follow the Sætrevegen signs all the way to Daugstadsetra, approx. 3,9-4Km from E136. There is a large parking area near the cabins.
Follow a marked trail (red paint on rocks and trees) towards Lake Stavvatnet (approx. 1,5 hours on foot). Expect this trail to be wet. Intersecting streams come within minutes apart. And there is bog. East of Tjørnhaugen, leave the trail and head for the ridge to Klauvhammaren. Your options for ascent are limited. Find the best route. A tip would be to stay on the right-hand side of the ridge until you reach 700m elevation.
Head up to (approx.) 780m elevation and cross Klauvhammaren. Head for Øspetinden's east ridge, without losing too much of your vertical gain. Once on the ridge, follow it all the way to the top. The final 20-30 meters are steeper than the rest, and the ridge to the summit is slightly airy. The summit is marked by a single rock, standing upright. Descend your ascent route.
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