Varguraksla is strictly speaking the southwest end of the mountain massif where Sprovstinden is the dominating mountain. The top is very accessible from highway E39 (Ålesund - Molde) on Ørskogfjellet.
The route described is a slightly cumbersome skiing route, and is perhaps better in the summertime.
Varguraksla (M711: 772m, Ø.K.: 772,34m, UTM 32 V 395985 6935072) has a primary factor of 62m towards the higher parent mountain Sprovstinden (1194m). The defining saddle (approx. UTM 32 V 396627 6935108) is found between Vargusaksla and Sandtinden. Ref. the 1220-II map (20m contours), the saddle is within the range 700-720m, interpolated to 710m.
My GPS reported 774m on top as average over a 5 minute period.
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The trails described below are not necessarily the *easiest* trails to this mountain.
Ørskogfjellet - Varguraksla (winter)
From Ålesund, follow highway E136->E39 towards Åndalsnes. From the E136/E39/Olsvika roundabout near Breivka, follow E39 37,8Km (9,7Km from the Geiranger/Stordal junction at Sjøholt). You will find a huge parking area on the right-hand side of the road.
Most likely, you may follow prepared tracks towards the west end of the Varguraksla ridge. Ski up the west ridge, but stay below the sharp end of the ridge, avoiding cliffs. The birch forest doesn't give you too much difficulties, although it isn't optimal terrain for skiing.
Higher up on the ridge, a short pitch is fairly steep, but the ridge levels out beyond this part. There may be a small cairn which is visible in summer, but not seen in winter. Be aware of the cornices facing north. Make well sure you are on the mountain proper.
Descend your ascent route, or head down to the Sandtinden - Varguraksla saddle and either descend the slalom hill or southbound towards Måslia.
I headed up to Ørskogfjellet, hoping to escape the strong gale along the coast. The plan was to ski up to Sandfjellet - Trolltinden's neighbour top, but the strong wind and flat light made me cancel this project. Instead of returning to Ålesund "empty-handed", I decided to pay Varguraksla a visit.
The dog and I headed out from the main Ørskogfjellet parking area 11:15PM. There wasn't much snow, and whatever was left, had an icy crust. The dog didn't even leave footprints. We headed to the west end of the ridge and headed up the birch forest. The forest protected us from the wind, which was convenient.
Due to lack of snow, I parked the skis at approx. 700m and continued on foot. The light made it very difficult to see the contours between the mountain and the cornices, and we kept safely to the south side of the ridge. We reached the top 12:15PM and felt the wind at gale force. I was slightly concerned about the dog blowing off the mountain, and kept an extra eye on how he was doing.
I might have had plans for a roundtrip, but the wind was of the "get the hell off the mountain" kind, and we descended our ascent route. I had very short skis and was able to descend the birch forest without too much inconvenience. We were back at the car 12:50PM.
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