Participant at Nordvestgaloppen: Anders Bø

News - by Frode Oldervoll, 9 July 2008 6:00 AM

Anders Bø

Name

Anders Bø

Club

Voss IL

Country

Norway

Class

M13-16C

Take part in NVG

For the first time

Ambitions

I want to get some good results. I’m satisfied if I am among the best 1/3 after the races.

Look most forward to

Just to be part of such a big event as Nordvestgaloppen, and have some more to compete with, than usually. I can’t wait!

Walking tours in and around Voss

Uncategorized - by Frode Oldervoll, 29 January 2008 12:43 AM

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Tour 1: Lønahorgi

Start: Bavallen
Estimated time: 7 hours return trip (without stops)
Altitude: 340-1410 metres above sea level
Distance: 14 km
Walking map: Stølsheimen-Nærøyfjorden
Degree of difficulty: demanding (evaluation of a hiker in average good physical condition).

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The trail starts from the ski-centre Bavallen, approx. 5 km from Vossevangen. Start from the construction road at the end of the car park, on the northern side of the flat area in front of the ski-jump. Pass under the ski-lift and cross the slopes of the ski-run. The trail is marked by red `T´ symbols, turning off the construction road for the first time approx. 10 minutes later. The trail wanders on and off the construction road a number of times on the way up. At approx. 1090 metres above sea level one passes Kvilehytta, and the last stages of the trip up to the tower is marked with tall iron poles. On a clear day the view from Lønahorgi (1410 metres above sea level) encompasses Jostedal glacier, Hurrungane and Hårteigen as a majestic backdrop. During the summer months the walk follows construction roads part of the way otherwise there is a marked trail on the way to the top

Tour 2: Bakkanosi (with breathtaking view over the Nærøyfjord)

Start: Jordalen
Estimated time: 8 hours return trip (without stops)
Altitude: 580-1398 metres above sea level
Distance: 20 km
Walking map: Raundalen and Flåmsdalen, Stølsheimen- Nærøyfjorden and Nærøyfjorden
Degree of difficulty: Difficult / very demanding (evaluation of a hiker in average good physical condition).

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There is no where else such breathtaking views of Nærøyfjord can be seen, than from Bakkanosi. The trip starts in Jordalen. To get there, turn-off the E16 at the approximate border separating the counties of Hordaland and Sogn og Fjordane. The drive up Jordalen is an experience in itself, with the narrow Jordal canyon on the right side. One gets many glimpses of the canyon as one passes through the small tunnels up the valley. Upon reaching Jordalen, the valley opens itself in all its splendour - wide, fertile and lush. On the plain, approx. 800 m. after the schoolhouse, the old tractor road leading to Slettedalen begins. Further along the valley one comes on to the new road that leads up to the mountain farmlet used during the summer months. Further on there’s a small track that after a while becomes less visible. One follows an animal track, first on the left side of the river and then the right-hand side. The river is small and easy to cross, follow the river up to Slettedalstjørni. Towards the end there is a fair amount of stone, so calculate on using a little extra time! The best and most dramatic outlook is north-east of the top peak. Once there - sit and admire the worlds most spectacular fjord!

Tour 3: Raundalsryggen

Start: Voll in Raundalen
Estimated time: 10 hours return trip (without stops)
Altitude: <520-1576-1548-1496-400 metres above sea levelbr/>
Distance: 23 km
Walking map: Stølsheimen-Nærøyfjorden
Degree of difficulty: Difficult / very demanding (evaluation of a hiker in average good physical condition).

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This is a long walk along a fantastic mountain ridge with magnificent views almost all the way. The walk takes one to the highest peak in Voss and Granvin, Olsskavlen, 1576 metres above sea level. The tour that’s described here both starts and ends in Raundalen. That way it’s easy to use the train to get back to your starting point. It is also possible to start and stop other places than those described here.

Start from Voll, which is a scheduled stop on the Bergensbanen (Bergen-Oslo railway), approx. 23 km through Raundalen from Vossevangen. There is a small parking area by the road, and from there one walks along a clearly marked track leading down to the bridge over Raundalselvi (river). At the first crossroad on the track, take the path leading to the right. The track passes through forest- and marshy terrain, take-off to the left at the next crossroad on the track and continue upwards to the mountain farmlet of Vollbotn, approx. 760 metres above sea level. Stølsvollen is ideally situated for a rest before continuing. Then one has to find the bridge over the river, west of Stølsvollen in order to continue upwards. The bridge goes over the river behind the first hut on the right-hand side. Continue following vague tracks amongst the heather and undergrowth up the mountain side. Aim towards a large, square-shaped stone on Tungefjell (mountain). Further on towards the top, one can follow the ridge on the left side or cross the snow patches.

Once the top of Olsskavlen is reached, there is still a climb up and down a number of tops spread across the ridge. To get to Seldalsnuten, one has to first descend more than 200 m. The route is logical, out and down in a west-northwesternly direction, somewhat steep. The climb to Seldalsnuten is just as steep as the descent, one has to follow the ridge her also. Once at Seldalsnuten, 1548 metres above sea level, if one moves a little towards the right on the path westward and then towards north it is possible to look straight down into Trollabotnen. Here there’s a slight descent, whilst one looks directly towards the step ridge that leads onwards to the plateau where Skipadalsnuten lies. The climb here is steep, but if one keeps to the right, you’ll fine a manageable route up. Finally up, it’s about 2 km over relatively flat terrain to Skipadalsnuten, 1496 metres over sea level. The last major down-and-up is the most difficult. Here the descent is 250 metres down a very steep ridge, but even so it’s easy to follow the trail. The 200 metre trek up to the last top, Hondalsnuten, 1461 metres over sea level, is spread over a distance of 1,5 km and therefore not steep. From the peak one can look over the orienteering terrain relevant for day 3 and 4. Hondalsnuten is the last peak, and now it’s downhill all the way! One walks northwest approx. 1 km before turning off, carrying on downwards in a north and north-easterly direction the mountain side to the mountain farmlet Bjørnset. From here there’s a track down the forest road that one can follow all the way down to Skiple.

Photographs by Svein Ulvund, see Voss Now. The literal english text is a translation by Anne-Marie Kira based on an original norwegian text from: “Rudsengen, A. & Loftesnes F. Oppturer i Hordaland. Førde: Selja Forlag/Bergen Turlag 2007″.

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