|Goaldet from Hellevik (ski)
|Estimated net time||1½-2 hours|
|Drinking water||No access to drinking water during winter.|
|GSM coverage||Coverage at trail head and summit, else poor/none (March 2010).|
|Parking||Room for 2-3 cars at car park by trail head.|
|Start height||65 metres|
|Vertical metres||425 metres for the roundtrip.|
|Trip distance||5.2 km|
From the intersection of roads E39 and E136 at the big round-about at Moa, east of Ålesund, follow road E39 east towards Trondheim/Åndalsnes for 13.4 km. Turn left here onto road 661, towards Tennfjord/Vatne/Brattvåg, and drive approximately 8.7 km until you get to the intersection of roads 661 and 659 at Eidet (by Tennfjord). There is a toll booth 1.6km after leaving road E39 (NOK 30, October 2009). At the Eidet intersection turn left on road 659, and follow this road some 4.5 km, where you turn left towards Søvik. Drive another 20+ km, passing the place Søvik, until you see signs for a ferry to your left. Drive down to the ferry, and get the ferry across to Lepsøya island.
When arriving Lepsøya, at Kjerstad, drive 400 metres straight ahead, and then turn right (signed for "Hellevik"). Drive 3.0 km along this road, until you have a small car park on your left hand side, and an old farm on the right hand side of the road. Park at the car park.
Start skiing by heading south, along a forest road. Pass a small group of trees on their left hand side, and then curve a little right. At around 130 metres turn a little left (south/south-east), following the river bed on its right hand side. This is around 100 metres before you get to a wooden sign. From here proceed up towards the small valley. From the valley find your best route towards the right (west) end of the summit ridge. It's a little steep up here in places, but nothing difficult. You now get up to a small plateau, and from here proceed up to the summit ridge, and then proceed east to the summit. The summit is marked by a nice cairn, which has a metal plate with directions to a lot of mountains.
The descent is best done by reversing the ascent route.
01. March 2010
I had been to Longva for meetings this Monday, and given the nice weather I decided to stop at Lepsøya on my way home, in order to ski Goaldet. Since I didn't know what would be a suitable trail head for skiing this mountain I had called my friend Rolv, who originates from Lepsøya, and he informed me that if driving almost all the way to Hellevik I would find a good trail head.
Our meetings at Longva finished early so we got the 15:20 ferry back to the main land. At Kjerstad I got off the ferry, while my colleagues continued to Skjelten. I had changed into hiking gear on-board the ferry, so after driving from the ferry to trail head I was on my way skiing right away. A few hundred metres into my hike I overtook three other hikers (one with skis and two on feet), who were on their way to Storhaugen. I had a short chat with one of them and also got some advice on my route to the summit.
The snow below 350 metres was mostly perfect powder on a solid base of hard snow. But as I got higher up I got onto more and more ice, and in the steeper sections it was close to crampon conditions. But by kicking my skis sideways into the ice I just managed. Another factor making the hike a little below excellent was the cold wind, which made me put on an extra layer at the summit.
Because of the icy conditions below the summit I did the first part of my
descent with the skins on, but as soon as I got down a little it really was
first class conditions for skiing. Back at the car I had another chat with the
hikers I had overtaken during my ascent, and found out that I had plenty of time
for the next ferry, including a stop at the local store to buy a Coke, a
chocolate and a banana.