|Estimated net time||3-4 hours|
|Difficulty||No difficulties, but a little cumbersome through the forest.|
|Drinking water||No access to running water during winter.|
|GSM coverage||Coverage from trail head to approximately 900m, and at the summit (January 2011).|
|Parking||Room for a couple of cars around trail head.|
|Start height||145 metres|
|Vertical metres||935 metres for the roundtrip (if including the small de-tour to Mohornet).|
|Trip distance||8.5 km|
From Ålesund drive road E39 to Sjøholt. Drive through Sjøholt centre, and turn right onto road 650, signed for "Geiranger" and "Stordal". From this junction drive 23.6 km and turn left where signed for "Overøye". Drive another 1.7 km to a small bridge. Find parking along the road either just before the bridge or just after, on the right hand side of the road.
Start skiing by following the forest road on the left side of the road, just before the bridge. Follow this forest road 1.1 km and make a sharp right, staying on the forest road. Make sure you follow the left (upper) leg when the forest road forks. After another 350 metres or so the forest road ends. From here turn a little left and ski more or less directly north through the relatively open forest. If you see one of the sparse red markers you know you're heading in the right direction, but don't despair if you don't see these markers since there's only a few of them.
When you get above the forest you will have the south end of the plateau at Mohornet above you. This plateau is best ascended by staying a little to the right of what looks like a small top from below. Once on the plateau you will see Storheimshornet, but before you take on this final climb it is worth making a small de-tour to Mohornet, which is marked by a cairn.
Storheimshornet's summit is not marked by a proper cairn, but the highest point is relatively obvious, and does have a tiny cairn (a couple of stones).
Descend by reversing your ascent route.
22. January 2012
The weather forecast for this Sunday was very promising, but since it included a foot note about the wind calming down towards the afternoon I decided to leave home a little later than I normally would. This messed up my planning a little since I started to think about all my options. And high on my list of options was the fact that I didn't fancy a long drive for the second day running. I considered something in the Molde area (according to my planning the night before), I considered Skjerdingen, and I considered Storheimshornet. At the end I decided to hike Skjerdingen, which Sigurd hadn't visited before. But a last minute change of plan concluded that I would drive to Stordal and hike Storheimshornet, together with Sigurd.
We left home after 10:30, and by noon we were ready to start our hike by Jasvoll. As we drove past the start of the forest road we had noticed that there were ski tracks along the forest road we were going to follow. I assumed the tracks belonged to someone who had a cabin at e.g. Mosætra, but at the back of my head I hoped they belonged to someone hiking Storheimshornet, and even better someone who knew the best route to Storheimshornet. When we got above the end of the forest road the tracks didn't leave for Mosætra so I got more optimistic, but I still didn't know if these skiers (it had to be two, based on the number of pole holes in the snow) were on their way to Storheimshornet and knew the best way. We didn't have any other information other than what I had found on Fjellinordvest, and decided to follow the tracks, which worked out very well; the tracks went all the way to our target for the day (as well as continuing to Benkene).
So after the slightly steep but still easy skiing through the forest we reached the plateau at 850 metres, and I did a small de-tour to the "summit" of Mohornet, having a minute of rest and enjoying the nice views. I then descended back to the tracks and followed Sigurd towards Storheimshornet, arriving a few minutes before him. Here I changed into dry inner layer on my upper body, took some photos, and we both had some water and chocolate. While taking photos I was without mittens for a little longer than I should have been, and ended up with cold fingers that made practical things like taking the skins off the skis a little cumbersome.
After having got some blood circulation back in my finger we started our descent. The snow above the forest was a little wind packed, which caused some concerns and careful skiing for me, but didn't make much difference for Sigurd on his snow board. But when we got down towards the forest the snow conditions were fantastic and even I could start to ski properly. Very enjoyable. A little into the forest I overtook one of the skiers who had made the track we followed to the summit, and I noticed he descended with his skins on the skis. Sigurd commented that the guy skied more like an outdoor person than a skier, but cleverly didn't comment on my technique. I'm sure he knows that I know what he thinks ...
The skiing through the forest was enjoyable and a little challenging, but
the skiing down the forest road was just easy and enjoyable, except for the 4-5
fallen trees we had to cross (result of the hurricane Dagmar's work during
Christmas, I assume). Back at the car we decided to drive up to the ski-centre
at Overøye, where Sigurd managed to get a little more than an hour's snow
boarding done while I watched biathlon on television in the cafeteria, and
enjoyed some pizza and a Coke.