|Estimated net time||5-6 hours|
There are several difficulties associated
with this route, and there is some exposure.
The crux of the hike is a point after you have crossed Romedalstinden's north ridge from west to east. This point is not technically difficult, and really is only one move, but there is only one proper hand hold and you have to rely on friction for your feet. And plenty of exposure.
The second section which needs care is the summit ridge. Again a technically easy section, but you need to cross a section of side steep slab by finding hand holds on the very edge of the ridge. You need to be very careful if the rock is wet.
The climb up to Storkopptindane has two places which requires the use of hands, but the exposure is very low.
|Drinking water||Easy access to running water through the valley until you leave the path at 700 metres.|
|GSM coverage||No coverage at trail head, but some sporadic coverage around Standalsætra. Then coverage above approximately 700 metres (August 2011).|
|Parking||Room for several cars at trail head.|
|Start height||177 metres|
|Vertical metres||1190 metres for the roundtrip.|
|Trip distance||10.2 km|
From Ålesund drive road E39 south towards Bergen, and get the ferry from Solevåg to Festøy. At Festøy turn left, following signs for "Standal", and drive 10.7 km from the ferry port. Turn right onto a forest road just before a bridge and drive 500 metres to the upper farm. Turn sharp left here and pay toll (NOK 10 by 2011). Drive another 1.4 km and park where the road ends.
Start walking by following the path approximately 1.3 km up to the two cabins at Standalsætra. Continue another 200 metres and make sure you fork left when the path forks. Cross the bridge after another 50 metres and then continue approximately 2.2 km on the path marked with red "T"s from Standalsætra, to altitude 680 metres. Turn right and leave the path, and head up the steep grassy slopes, making sure you stay right of the large area of slab. When you have ascended a little you will find a vague path, which will take you up towards the rocky area on the right hand side of the grassy slopes. Follow this line of small pinnacles north-west, up to the saddle between Romedalstinden and Storkopptindane, mostly on a vague path.
When you reach the saddle turn left and proceed on or on the right hand side of the ridge towards the pinnacle at the end of the horizontal part of the ridge. Immediately after having passed the ridge cut across to the left hand side of the ridge. Continue upwards a little to the left of the ridge. You will find sporadic traces of previous foot-steps. When you get up to the horizontal summit ridge proceed to the summit by staying on top of the ridge. Note that the whole ascent from the saddle is very exposed, but there are no difficult climbing moves required. The summit is marked by a small cairn and an old trigonometric point marker. There is also likely to be a summit registration book inside a metal container.
From Romedalstinden descend back to the saddle and continue along the ridge towards Storkopptindane. When you get close to the summit continue past the summit a little below it on the left hand side of the ridge. Then switch-back towards the ridge. You are now faced with two slightly difficult climbing moves, but there is minimal exposure. Both of them offers fairly good hand holds on dry rock, and both of them involves getting up onto small plateaus 1.5-2 metres high. Then there are only a few metres to the summit, which is marked by a small cairn.
Descend by walking back down to the saddle between Storkopptindane and Romedalstinden, and then follow your ascent route back down to your car.
11. August 2011
After another number of miserable days weather wise this Thursday had had a good forecast for a couple of days, and I had asked Arnt if he wanted to join me for an Ørsta hike. He was indeed interested, and despite already having been to Romedalstinden he suggested we visited this fine top.
I met Arnt at Ytre-Standal straight from work and we drove up to trail head together. Here we were a little surprised to see two other cars, but we soon found out that they belonged to people picking blueberry. After having passed the last couple around Standasætra we didn't expect to see any other humans.
We kept a fine pace up along the path, and then took on the steep south-east slopes of Romedalstinden. These 500 vertical metres are technically easy, but strenuous and some care is required when you get above the grass because of a fair bit of loose stones. After reaching the saddle between Romedalstinden and Storkopptindane we stopped for a few minutes to admire the view of the ridge scramble we had ahead of us. Unfortunately there was some fog, which mainly disappeared by the time we reached the summit.
Moving along the first part of the ridge, to the point where one passes the pinnacle and move across to the left side of the ridge, was mostly straight forward. But already here I realised this would be a tough day for me in terms of exposure. I simply did not feel in mental shape. But having Arnt lead the way both helped me to find the best route and was a mental help, so I moved along but not terribly fast. On our way up towards the first top I had several small problems, but never had to consider whether to turn around or not; it was more a question of taking my time and composing myself a number of times. Once up on the first top we decided to take some photos of each other crossing the very exposed walk across the "bridge". Arnt went first, in fine style, followed by a much more careful me.
At the summit we were mainly very happy with the views and the fine mountain we had climbed, but I still had some reservations when thinking of the descent. Unfortunately the fog didn't lift completely so the views to neighbour mountains was a bit limited, but still impressive.
When Arnt suggested we included Storkopptindane before descending I was a bit reluctant, but agreed to come along and possibly turn around if I didn't feel comfortable. But first I had to tackle the descent back down to the saddle.
Descending is usually more difficult than ascending, but it seemed my head for height had been improved during my ascent, so I actually descended much more comfortable than I had ascended, and started to feel much more happy with myself.
Back at the saddle we met three other hikers, to our surprise, and after having talked with them for a couple of minutes we continued towards Storkopptindane.
The ascent of Storkopptindane had some minor navigational challenges, and then two slightly difficult climbing moves just below the summit. After some exploring of possibilities we both climbed these obstacles without much difficulties, and could set our feet at the summit. By now there was much less fog and we had a fantastic 360° view, including a good view to most of the climb to Romedalstinden.
After having descended from Storkopptindane, and for me with some difficulties, Arnt decided to visit also the next of the many Storkopptindane tops/pinnacles, but I was already partly on my way towards the saddle and decided that enough was enough. Which gave me the chance to take a couple of photos of Arnt on top of this second Storkopptindane top.
The rest of the descent was done in high spirit, and included a fine view of the other three hikers moving along Romedalstinden's summit ridge. The descent also included some confusion about where I had left my walking poles on the way up, and me learning that it's a good idea to log a way-point on the GPS if leaving things to be picked up during descent.
Back at Ytre-Standal we parted, and I drove as quickly as I could back to the
ferry at Festøy. Unfortunately the ferry had just left so I had to wait 50
minutes for the next ferry. If someone had been running a kiosk at the ferry
port they would have made good money on me this evening. But the wait gave me
the opportunity to take some notes and reflect on today's hike, and in
particular the fact that on this day I would never had made it to the summit
without the encouragements, help and patient of Arnt.