Rasmusfjellet CCW from Røyrhussætra
|Estimated net time||5-7 hours|
Expect some very easy scrambling while
ascending both mountains.
Note that there are some sections of slab below Rasmusfjellet's north ridge, which can be difficult to see from above, and which will require some scrambling. If you descend north of the pass 1257m you will avoid this slab.
|Drinking water||Running water into the valley, else no stable access to running water.|
|GSM coverage||Coverage throughout the route except very patchy between the two mountains (September 2014).|
|Parking||Room for a few cars around trail head.|
|Start height||535 metres|
|Vertical metres||1440 metres for the roundtrip.|
|Trip distance||13.4 km|
Botnenibba trail head by Røyrhussætra.
Start measuring from the 3-way junction on road 60 above (west of) Stranda centre, where road 60 goes towards Sykkylven, Stranda centre and Hellesylt. Drive towards Hellesylt and Stryn.
- At 27.0 km continue on road 60 by the Hellesylt exit.
- At 37.9 km turn left where signed for "Røyrhus".
- At 40.3 km pay toll in the unmanned toll booth (NOK 20 per 2014).
- At 43.3 km park on the right hand side of the road approximately 100 metres before you get to a gate at the end of the road below some cabins.
Start your hike by walking 70 metres towards the end of the road and turn left onto a path signed for "Skihelledalen", a few metres before the gate. Follow the path approximately 1.4 km into the valley, turn right (south) and head off-path up towards Botnenibba's north-west ridge. There's no path along the ridge, and you might have to use your hands in one or two places, but there are no technical difficulties. The summit is marked by a proper cairn.
From the summit continue along the ridge and follow the ridge well along the flatter section. Turn left and head downhill when you're above the small west extension of lake Skihellevatnet. Pass the lake a little above its north shore (on the left side of the lake), and ascend towards the pass south-east of Rasmusfjellet. Gradually turn left from half-way up to the pass and head north up to Rasmusfjellet. The summit is marked by a cairn built around an old trigonometric point marker.
From Rasmusfjellet head north-west along Rasmusfjellet's wide north-west ridge. If you descend down to the valley before you get to the saddle Hattegga (1257m) you might end up having to descend a section of slab so it's probably better to continue a little past the pass before you descend. Down in the valley head out the valley on the right (north-east) side of the river, and you will pick up a path when you get to the small cabin at Brudaholden. From here continue on the path back to the trail head.
06. September 2014
We were spending the week-end at Fjellsetra and I decided to set off to Røyrhus after breakfast. My plan was to hike up to Skihellevatnet, then turn right and climb Botnenibba, back down to the lake, and then up to Rasmusfjellet. But as I hiked into the valley I got more and more convinced it would be possible to hike Botnenibba via its north-west ridge, and decided to have a go. This turned out very well, and I was able to make a nice round-trip instead of up and down the east ridge.
The descent from Rasmusfjellet wasn't as straight forward as expected since I managed to hit a nasty section of wet and mossy slab as I descended into the valley (a section I didn't see from above), but after some focused moves I got down OK and partly ran back out to the car to compensate for the lost time while scrambling.