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Running a "Half Marathon" on Mount Emblemsfjellet in Ålesund

Date:
17.07.2020
Characteristic:
Jogging
Duration:
4:40h
Distance:
22.7km
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Alpine Ski Touring to Mount Alnestind

Date:
01.07.2020
Characteristic:
Randonnée/Telemark
Duration:
2:17h
Distance:
5.2km

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Ski Touring to Mount Kyrkjetaket [i.e. "The Church Roof"]

Date:
18.05.2020
Characteristic:
Randonnée/Telemark
Duration:
4:43h
Distance:
13.6km

This was my second attempt at ascending Mount Kyrkjetaket [i.e. The Church Roof ] in Rauma Municipality in the County of Møre & Romsdal. My first attempt was about two weeks earlier, but then I climbed only up to Mount Steinberget (981 m.a.m.s.l.); where I turned around and went back down due to bad weather conditions and low visibility. It's a common saying in Norway, that There's no shame in turning around , meaning that if the weather's not on your side, it's better to abandon the goal for your ski tour and survive, than to push on, and then die in the attempt to reach the goal. Right now I was having one week off work, and I had been planning to make a new attempt on Mount Kyrkjetaket this week. I had actually been thinking of visiting the mountain on the wednesday or so, but according >>>

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Climbing Mount Ulriken in Bergen from the Rear Side

Date:
23.04.2020
Characteristic:
Alpine trip
Duration:
3:23h
Distance:
9.9km

I do not know how many times I’ve climbed Mount Ulriken in the city of Bergen. There are three commonly used trails up to the top of this mountain, one with very nice stone stairs; and then there are 4 or 5 less commonly used trails. On this occasion, however, I had decided to climb the mountain from the rear side, where there’s no trail along which you may hike. Due to the Covid19 pandemic, all indoor facilities for climbing and bouldering have been closed for the last 6 weeks or so; and as the outdoor climbing season is quickly approaching, I wanted to do some practising on a not too difficult mountain, so it won’t be too exhausting for my arms when I embark on some really high and steep mountains. I trekked around the northern side of a lake that in ancient times was called Alrekstadvatnet,

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Running Across Mount Rundemanen and Mount Blåmanen

Date:
22.04.2020
Characteristic:
Jogging
Duration:
2:06h
Distance:
14.1km

I have frequently been jogging/running across Mount Rundemanen in Bergen. For the last two years I've actually done that at least once a week whenever I've been in Bergen. For the most part I've been doing this run by myself, but on this occasion I went running with two colleagues of mine. They had both been jogging on this mountain before, but they weren't as familiar with the many paths and trails as I have become during the 7 years that I've been working in Bergen. After we had made it up the valley Våkendalen to the top of Mount Rundemanen, I therefore asked the two of them if they had ever been to the summits of the neighboring Mount Blåmanen; and since neither of them had, we took of from the mountain road descending from Mount Rundemanen along the west side of Mount Blåmanen, and >>>

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Climbing the Mountain Meche Awoknesh Mountain

Date:
25.11.2019
Characteristic:
Hike
Duration:
2:21h
Distance:
5.6km
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Round Trip in the Simien Mountains

Date:
22.11.2019
Characteristic:
Alpine trip
Duration:
96:21h
Distance:
86.7km

I think this mountain hike, which I did along with my youngest daughter Vår vaarsolholm (Vår Solholm) , our mountain guide Enyew Fikru and a park ranger; is one of the most spectacular hikes that I've ever done. Within just five days, we summited the mountains of Ras Bwahit (4,430 m.a.m.s.l.), Ras Dashen (4,553 meters), Kidis Yared (4,453 meters), Abba Yared (4,409 meters) and Silki (4,420 meters). I had communicated very thoroughly with Dawit (Dave) Yohannes of Ras Dejen Tours in advance of our journey, and we had planned the trip in detail. I knew Dave quite well from the previous year [i.e. 2018], when I visited Gondar, the Simien Mountains, Bahir Dar and The Blue Nile Falls along with my wife; and we had been friends on Facebook since then, hence our communication was now all on Messenger. [You may reach Dave at daveyohannes@yahoo.com >>>

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Hiking to Entoto Mountain with my Daughter Vår

Date:
18.11.2019
Characteristic:
Hillwalk
Duration:
2:55h
Distance:
16.7km

I had been in Ethiopia and Addis Ababa for work slightly more than two weeks at this time, though I had also used some time on mountain trekking while there, as well as some time on running/jogging in the city. I had planned to visit the Simien Mountains along with my youngest Daughter vaarsolholm (Vår Solholm) after finishing our work at the Black Lion hospital, and in order to get a bit acclimatized to the altitude, I had even arrived in Addis a few days ahead of the rest of our team. And so, while in Addis I had climbed both the Mount Furi and Mount Wochecha, and I had also 5 times gone running in the streets of Addis. I had actually planned to go running or every second day or so, but then I got a terrible cold that forced me to be a bit careful. Nevertheless, I had been in Addis Ababa (2400 m.a.m.s.l.) long enough >>>

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Evening hike to Gara Furi Terara

Date:
31.10.2019
Characteristic:
Hike
Duration:
4:25h
Distance:
19.8km

I have been to Addis Ababa several times in connection with my work, and I've realized that this city really does offer some nice treks in the mountains that surround it. Moreover, Addis Ababa is located about 2400 m.a.s.l., and is therefore perfectly located for someone who wants to get some altitude acclimatization in advance of a mountain trek at even higher altitudes, whether that be a trek to Kilimanjaro, Mount Kenya, Rwenzori or Ras Dashen. I was planning to climb Ras Dashen along with my Daughter during this visit to Ethiopia, but prior to that I was going to work for two and a half weeks at the Black Lion Hospital in Addis Ababa. In order to get even better adapted to the altitude, however, I had on this occasion decided to go to Addis three days in advance of my colleagues from our >>>

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Vestnestraversen med en gammel skolekamerat

Date:
29.09.2019
Characteristic:
Alpine trip
Duration:
7:34h
Distance:
12.3km

Jeg har gått “Vestnestraversen” to ganger før [se turbeskrivelser 30.06.18 og 24.08.19]. Nå hadde det seg imidlertid slik at en gammel skolekamerat fra gymnas-tida, og som jeg ikke hadde truffet på over 30 år, sendte meg gratulasjonsmelding på fødselsdagen min via Messenger, hvor han skrev: ” Gratulerer, Atle! Har lenge tenkt at jeg burde blitt med deg på en fjelltur:)” ”Har du noen gang gått Vestnestraversen?” spurte jeg da, vel vitende om at det hadde han neppe, for det er ikke så mange som har gått den; og slik gikk det til at vi ble enige om å møtes og gå nettopp Vestnestraversen denne søndagen. Vi møttes ved Europris på Vatneeidet, og kjørte via Nakkedalen og Fiksdalen til Tomrefjorden i hver vår bil. Fra Tomra kjørte vi opp til Tomresætra, hvor vi satte >>>

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