Ascent of Skamtinden on 2019-07-25

Climber: Rafee Memon

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Thursday, July 25, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Elevation:2894 ft / 882 m

Ascent Trip Report

From the town of Tromso and my Airbnb in Kvaloysletta, Skamtinden is visible at the end of a long fjord facing west towards the ocean. It appears like a jagged watchtower protecting the area, and it immediately grabbed my attention when we first arrived. I would've guessed that it was a technical climb, but after doing some research, I found a very straightforward route from the tiny town of Rekvik on the west side of the island.

The drive to Rekvik was interesting as the road wrapped around the circumference of the island through picturesque fjords, eventually turning inland at Tromvik for the final few miles on a mixed paved/dirt road. Four other cars were parked at the end of the road, signifying the start of the hiking trail.

The trail was incredibly steep, gaining nearly two thousand feet in around a mile before a boulder hop took me the rest of the way to the summit. I passed a few other groups in this section and was the first to arrive at the crux move, which was ten feet of easy but exposed third class. I dropped my pack and finished the climb, and the summit rewarded me with incredible views all around: down Ersfjord towards Tromso, many small islands out to see, and a seemingly infinite number of peaks as far as the eye can see. Like most Norwegian peaks, there was a giant summit cairn atop the highest point.

A family of four arrived at the summit shortly after me, and we took photos for each other before I started back down. It began to sprinkle on my descent, and I was glad to not need to deal with the boulder section in the rain, unlike a couple more groups still on their way up. The rain picked up in earnest on the drive back to Kvaloysletta, and I was glad to have finished the climb when I did!
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2827 ft / 861 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.8 mi / 4.5 km
    Trailhead:End of road  67 ft / 20 m
    Grade/Class:Class 3-minus
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 9 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:56 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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