Ascent of Galdhøpiggen on 2012-07-10

Climber: Martin Richardson

Date:Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Elevation:8100 ft / 2468 m

Ascent Trip Report

Drove to Spiterstulen via Visdalen and then walked via Svellnose (2272m), Keilhaus topp (2385m), the Piggbrean glacier (which lower down becomes the Styggebrean or ‘Dangerous’ glacier) to the summit of Galdhopiggen (2469m, P2372).
The achievement was only marred by the fact that there were rather lot of other people there, of all ages – I reckon I was the oldest, though. On the way up the weather was fine with occasional sunshine. Unfortunately it started to rain as I reached the summit. Thankfully the cloud base was higher than it had been for a while. And there was the pleasure of joining in the speedy and mildly dangerous bumslides down the steeper snow/ice slopes, particularly on the Piggbrean. I know I was the oldest doing this – all the others were under 25 years old – my excuse being that it was an opportunity to practice ice axe breaks.
Judging by some of the route descriptions I have read there is rather more snow around this year than usual.

For pictures and context, see my blog 'Went up a hill and came down' at:
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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Martin Richardson
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