Torghatten


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Torghatten is a famous landmark in Norway due the hole through right through the mountain. A hiking trail leads up and through the hole and back down the other side, and you also can hike over the top to the summit of Torghatten. We did both.

Below are trip highlights from May 15th through 17th, 2018 at the island of Torget, Norway. Click any image for a larger view, or click the position to view the location on a map. And a live map of our current route and most recent log entries always is available at mvdirona.com/maps

5/15/2018
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Blue Screen

We’d planned to hike Torghatten today, but the nav computer locked up this morning and we got a blue screen when we tried to reboot it. The abridged version of the event is that the shorter member of the team accidentally renamed the wrong system folder two weeks ago when attempting to resolve a Windows Update issue. The problem didn’t surface until the first reboot afterwards, which was this morning at 4am. It took us a day to get the system booting, troubleshoot the issue and fully recover, but we eventually were able to get the system back healthy again.
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Sunset

A beautiful sunset after a long and stressful day troubleshooting the navigation computer.
5/16/2018
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Switch Box

The monitor in the salon that repeats the four monitors in the pilot house wasn’t getting signal this afternoon. Here James is investigating if it is a switchbox issue. We hope not, as that is something we don’t have a spare for.
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Monitor Failure

We chased down the problem to a faulty monitor and replaced it. That’s two monitor failures in the past five months—we guess they’re coming due. But after 78,000 hours of continuous operation, it’s hard to complain. We still have four more spares after this replacement, but we’re conservative so are thinking of buying another one, which is easy to do at only $169 on Amazon.
5/17/2018
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Goal

Our goal for the day is to climb to the window in Torghatten.
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Tender

Tying off the tender in a small cove near the base of Torghatten.
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Trail Head

At the trail head.
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Steps

The hike to the window isn’t very long—barely a half-hour. The trail is steep, but well-maintained, with stone steps near the window.
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View from Steps

The great view looking north from the top of the steps just before the window.
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Window South

Looking south through the window out to the islands where we’re anchored.
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Inside Window

The window is actually a very large cavern that extends right through the mountain. Here Jennifer, at bottom left, is looking back up through the north side of the window from stairs that lead down to the cavern floor.
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Window North

The hike to the window is popular and at least a half-dozen others were here on this weekday morning early in the season. Two people arrived at the north end while we were in the cavern.
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Lunch

Lunch while enjoying the fabulous view south through the window. Dirona is a barely-visible white dot at the far right of the picture, directly above Jennifer’s head (click image for a larger view).
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Unknown

We returned back through a track leading down to the valley from the south side of the window. En route we passed this small platform with an open-ended tube mounted on the side. It looked like the kind of stepladder used to pass over livestock fences in New Zealand, but no such fences were visible. We didn’t come up with any theories as to its purpose.
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Cove

The trail leads alongside a shallow cove. The water in this part of Norway is quite clear—we often can see our anchor chain snaking way down into the water when dropping hook.
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Summit Trail

Rather than return to the tender, we took yet a third track to the summit of Torghatten. This is the view south partway along.
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Climbing Chains

The trail was steep, but well-marked and generally easy to follow with climbing chains in a steeper section near the top. We’re above and slightly east of the window now. Dirona is the small white speck in the distance at center (click image for a larger view).
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View East

The view east across Torgfjorden as we near the summit of Torghatten. Our tender is moored, but not visible, in the little cove roughly at the center of the picture.
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Brønnøysund

A fabulous view looking north to the town of Brønnøysund from the summit of Torghatten at 968ft (295m).
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Path Down

We found an unmarked path down the north side that we hoped would join with the trail to the window, or at least end somewhere we could easily reach the tender. We could have just returned down the path we took up, but always prefer to take a different path if there is one.
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Bird Feeders

The unmarked trail down was well-trod and easy to follow. Near the base of Torghatten we passed a copse of trees with perhaps a dozen bird feeders of various designs strung from the branches. Fresh shells below indicated someone is filling them frequently.
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Trail Head

The well-trod path we were taking out didn’t intersect with the trail to the window, but came out on the road close by at this large rock. If you were trying to take this trail on the way up, it would be hard to find the entrance.
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Torghatten

Looking back to Torghatten as we return to Dirona. We climbed from the other side of the window to this side, the over the right side of the mountain to the summit and returned back down along the north flank.

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On the map page, clicking on a camera or text icon will display a picture and/or log entry for that location, and clicking on the smaller icons along the route will display latitude, longitude and other navigation data for that location. And a live map of our current route and most recent log entries always is available at mvdirona.com/maps.

 
 


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