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Ascent to Hvannadalshnúkur-Crater Rim on 2014-08-08

Climber: Robert Garneau

Others in Party:Sue Garneau
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, August 8, 2014
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
Point Reached:Hvannadalshnúkur - Crater Rim
    Location:Iceland
    Elevation:1850 m / 6070 ft
    Remaining Elevation:260 m / 853 ft (13% left to go)

Ascent Trip Report

Checked in at Skaftafell Visitor Center - we were informed that nobody had climbed the mountain since May due to treacherous "fissure" (i.e. crevasse) conditions and the guides were not taking any clients up. Since we were in the neighborhood we thought we would give it a try anyway. We left at 3:05am and made it to the level area atop the glacier at 8:20. Sue & I each fell in crevasses before coming to a large crevasse with a rain-sodden bridge I deemed too risky to cross. It was raining steadily and visibility was poor; we never caught a glimpse of the summit. We turned around at that point and made our way back to the car, arriving at 11:30am. It was a fabulous day hike but we were slightly disappointed at being turned back so close to the top. Oh well.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1801 m / 5906 ft
    Route:Sandfell
    Trailhead:Sandfell cemetery  49 m / 164 ft
    Quality:9 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Glacier Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Rope, Ski Poles
    Weather:Raining, Cool, Breezy, Low Clouds
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:5 Hours 15 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:3 Hours 



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