Ascent of Hamperokken on 2019-07-28

Climber: Rafee Memon

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, July 28, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Elevation:4606 ft / 1403 m

Ascent Trip Report

I was looking for a climb for my last day in the Tromso area. There are of course many fine options, but I was looking for something that was both challenging and time efficient so as not to ditch my family for too long. I decided that after driving around the island with my family in the morning, I would climb Hamperokken, a striking peak in an area I had yet to visit. If everything went well, I would be back at my Airbnb in time for a late dinner.

It was a beautiful drive after leaving Tromso along a fjord before turning inland for the final few miles to the trailhead. Despite being 2:45pm, almost all parking spots were taken. I started up the steep trail through the pines until it flattened, where I then needed to cross through a muddy swamp. Here I passed a couple groups walking their dogs. Not longer after, the trail reached the treeline, and the views into the valleys all around opened up. I continued steeply up to the first checkpoint, the summit of Middagsaksla, which I reached at 4:00pm. Ascending 3,300 feet in an hour and fifteen minutes was a personal record, but not many places near home can give me that much gain in little more than two miles! I took a break to drink some water, apply sunscreen, and admire the view of the summit of Hamperokken, which was now plainly visible a little over a mile down the jagged connecting ridge.

I continued down the ridge following a path marked for the Tromso Skyrace, which was challenging and time-consuming but never harder than easy third class. One part of the sidewalk had a frightening dropoff to the snowfield far below. Climbing over the striking false summit, I dropped down on the right side of the ridge, contoured under the summit, and made the final steep scramble, reaching the top at 5:12pm. The views all around were breathtaking, the highlights of which were the Lyngen Alps to the east and the endless ridges and valleys to the south and west. I recognized many of the peaks on Kvaloya that I researched and climbed in the previous days. I signed the register and saw that there had already been ten summiters that day (and at least 25 the previous day!) despite not seeing anyone since the beginning of the ridge. There was also a book containing poems(?) and photos of the mountain in every month, which I enjoyed despite not being able to read any of the text.

Seeing that I made good time to the summit, I started back down quickly in anticipation of dinner. I passed a French climber on his way up, who remarked that he would take a swim in the glacial lake below after his climb. I attempted to follow the purported use trail on the west side of the ridge with varying amounts of success. I avoided the most annoying parts of the ridge traverse, but climbed back up a couple hundred feet to the ridge when it looked like I was nearing an impassable cliff band. I took a short break at Middagsaksla again to apply sunscreen and was back at my car at 7:30pm. I drove back to my Airbnb where we cleaned out the fridge and packed to leave the next day.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4813 ft / 1466 m
    Total Elevation Loss:4813 ft / 1466 m
    Round-Trip Distance:7.1 mi / 11.4 km
    Grade/Class:Class 3 (ridge)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Mud/Swamp, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:4530 ft / 1380 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 4392 ft / 1338 m; Extra: 138 ft / 42m
    Loss on way in:138 ft / 42 m
    Distance:3.5 mi / 5.7 km
    Start Trailhead:Road  214 ft / 65 m
    Time:2 Hours 26 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:4675 ft / 1424 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 4392 ft / 1338 m; Extra: 283 ft / 86m
    Gain on way out:283 ft / 86 m
    Distance:3.5 mi / 5.7 km
    Route:Below ridge
    End Trailhead:Road  214 ft / 65 m
    Time:1 Hours 58 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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