Ottanosi

  • Ottanosi
  • 976 m.
  • Primary factor 328 m.
  • Hordaland, Norway
  • Location: North 60.28342, East 005.80090 (GPS at the summit)
  • Difficulty: (YDS) class 2.
  • Climbed February 16. 2013.

Information:

How to get there:
From Bergen, first drive to Eikelandsosen (E-16 to Trengereid, Hwy. 7 Samnanger, then Hwy. 48 towards Mundheim.) From Eikelandsosen, continue along Hwy. 48 about 5.2 kilometer, you should turn left when you see the (white) school "Holdhus skule" (the name is on the building). This turn has a sign for Tveita. measure from here. Keep right at 0.2 kilometer, and turn left at 0.4 kilometer, sign for Hammerland 3. Keep right at km 0.9, then continue straight on what appears to be the main road until kilometer 2.8 where a self serve toll payment is located on your left (sign: Bomveg). Pay NOK 40 (in 2013), then continue uphill to a large parking area at kilometer 5.2. This is the trailhead, location N60.26260, E005.81701, elevation about 340 meter.
This parking area serves a cross country skiing area, in particular also for training biathlon, that is a combination of skiing and precision rifle shooting. A former world champion in this sport lives near by.
Route description:
Follow the big trail (big as a road), heading north west of Heilhillerhornet. There may be signs for the summer trail, the local signs spell it Ottanasa. The mountain is directly ahead, you should pass a small cabin at about 450 meter of elevation just before the terrain gets steeper. Continue uphill somewhat to your right, then more left in order to bypass the lower cliffs. In summer trere is a trail and there may be red paint marking the path. Follow the ridge (left) and head further uphill while gradually moving a bit right. You will see the last cliffs ahead. There is a short, steep slope that runs up between steeper cliffs. In summer, there is a fixed rope at least at the upper section. This is the "crux" of the route, in winter an ice axe and crampons may be needed. Higher up, you now see the summit and two large cairns guiding the way. There is a last, somewhat steeper slope, then easy terrain to the summit cairn.
Comments:
The forecast was bad, however the weather looked quite reasonable. I parked at the large parking shortly before 1100, then changed to mountain clothing. This mountain looked steepish on the map and I assumed that I would not be able to ski more than to its base. Leaving around 1115, I skied the nicely groomed tracks. This is the local skiing area and many well known (female) biathelon skiers have trained here.
Getting close to the base, I spotted several cliffs and generally steep terrain. I left my skis, changed to light weight Scarpa boots and started the cumbersome climb. The snow was roughly knee deep, hard work in a steep hill. The passage up and above of the treeline was easy by searching left. I continued up along a small ridge, then headed up to the next cliffs. I spotted a steep snow slope that looked promising, providing access to the terrain above. It was very hard crust and my ice axe had to cut steps, the upper section had a fixed rope partially buried. Obviously, I was on the summer route. Above this crux point, the going got easier, but a final snow slope remained. It was icy and my crampons had to come out of the backpack. Shortly, I arrived at the summit around 1355. Good view, despite the clouds. I took some pictures of the neighbor mountain, Gjønakvitingen, as well as down to the lakes and also the view out to the fjord.
Leaving at 1405, going down and stepping in my old tracks was easy. I kept the crampons until below the crux slope, then easily back down to my skis. Another change of boots and I was soon back at the parking.
When I came driving, there was no envelopes to pay for the toll road. I told a local at the parking and by the time I drove down this had been taken care of. I paid my toll, then drove onwards. My next goal would be Dalstuva, the high point on the island Reksteren.

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