Norwegian Mountains, Møre og Romsdal

Storehanen (496m) on skis, Feb 14 2009

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Storehanen and the Sollia massif

Storehanen and the Sollia massif
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After having visited Huldrehornet in the morning, I had a late breakfast and watched some sports on TV before fixing the binding that snapped on Bakkehornet two days earlier. Then I drove to Moldtustranda with Storehanen as the target.

I had already been to all of Storehanen's neighbours - Selsteinen, Hestefjellet, Sollia and Hidsegga, but not Storehanen. I was not very inspired to go skiing, given the deep snow in the mountains. But I expected that the mountain road would have been plowed all the way to 220m, and I would surely endure a 280 vertical meter deep snow struggle to the top. I didn't even consider driving up Moldtudalen, as it would probably be great fun to ski down the entire mountain road.

I left the trailhead at Moldtustranda 11:55am, and had a nice 5-minute chat with a local chap. I went on foot up to 160m before putting the skis on. Two cars passed me, which meant the road was open all the way up to the parking. As I passed them at the parking, I got a feeling that they had been waiting for me to break the trail. A bit later, I noticed that only one of the two drivers came along.


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I passed the cabins at 240m before turning north for Storehanen. The snow was ugly-deep and I found myself in the middle of a small nightmare. The light was already bad, and a snow shower was moving in. It wasn't difficult to tell that the other skier seemed very disappointed that the tracks suddenly went up the mountain. He stood there for a little while, wondering what to do. Was he about to follow?

No, he wasn't. He continued towards Mørkevatnet, but turned around after a few minutes. What a disappointing ski-trip that had to be! Now I just couldn't give up on Storehanen, and went into hardass mode.

I reached the top 1:44pm, and could hardly see one meter ahead. But then the snow shower passed and visibility gradually got restored. It was a bit tempting to ski towards Sandvikhornet (one of my regular evening hikes), but I didn't fancy walking 4,6km back to Moldtustranda. Instead, I would enjoy skiing down the road all the way back to Moldtustranda.


Descending Storehanen

Descending Storehanen
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I left the summit 1:50pm, and somehow managed to maintain some flow in the deep snow. Then there was a long, flat section before I could begin descending on the road, and 2:17pm, I was back at my starting point.


The pictures were taken with a Canon EOS 450D + Canon EF-S 17-85mm IS USM F 4-5.6

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0. Trip tracks 1. Moldtustranda trailhead 2. Storehanen 3. The mountain road 4. End of the mountain road 5. Storehanen 6. Ascending Storehanen 7. Hidsegga 8. On top of Storehanen 9. Descending Storehanen, looking back 10. Descending Storehanen 11. Bergsøya 12. Skorpa

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