Ascent of Roan on 2011-01-28

Climber: Rob Woodall

Date:Friday, January 28, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
    Elevation:3907 ft / 1190 m

Ascent Trip Report

We climbed this summit the day after Brokefjellet. We initially tried for Maelefjell but this would have involved hiking an extra 5km (each way) of unploughed forest road. Accordingly it was mid morning when we approached the Roan trailhead, and again we had some extra hiking due to the winter conditions.

For the trailhead, leave Highway 365 at N59.32276 E8.14130, 370m (Hauggrend). The SatNav had all the relevant forest roads; however the closest we could drive to the trailhead was the junction at N59.3144 E8.1621 (516m). Here the route takes the R fork and the forest road was unploughed and impassible by ordinary car, hence we had to walk the remaining 2 km to the trailhead. We were passed by 2 snowmobilers just before the TH. The summit trail is signposted “Roan”, R (S) off the forest road a few m beyond the (summer) parking area. It descends a few m to cross a (frozen) stream then heads gently uphill. Snow was deep, passable in snowshoes (strenuous!). After approx 0.5 km gentle ascent, another signpost points L (S). The trail is blue-painted all the way to the summit: initially on trees, with cairns higher up. The trail is hard to follow in snow and we lost it a few times, and the soft snow made for strenuous snowshoeing.

Emerging above the treeline we crossed a small rocky summit (the trail crosses it) then climbed directly SW to the W summit (slightly lower than the main summit). The trail apparently bypasses it, heading E to cross the N ridge. However it made an interesting crampon climb. The W summit is rocky and cairned, as is the S summit which we also visited. There is then a substantial drop (30m or so) before the final summit climb. The summit has a large cairn, 2m square, 2.5m tall, a slightly tricky scramble if you want to get your head above it. We completed the summit register: we were numbers 455 and 456: there had been more than 400 visitors in less than 1 year.

In descent we followed the cairns initially, but decided to miss out the rocky lower top. This wasn’t perfect as we had to negotiate a re-entrant with some steep snow although it was soft and fairly easy. We worked our way L to rejoin our upward track, making much better progress in descent although the deep snow still made for strenuous progress.

Timings: trailhead 1000, summit 1345-1415, trailhead 1600. Temps -15C at start, -4C finish.

We then drove west to the old mountain lodge at Haukeliseter to share in Petter Bjorstad’s 60th birthday celebrations scheduled for the weekend.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2661 ft / 811 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2661 ft / 811 m
    Round-Trip Distance:8 mi / 12.8 km
    Grade/Class:YDS 2
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Crampons, Snowshoes
    Weather:Cold, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2628 ft / 801 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2431 ft / 741 m; Extra: 197 ft / 60m
    Loss on way in:197 ft / 60 m
    Distance:4 mi / 6.4 km
    Route:west ridge
    Start Trailhead:above Hauggrend  1476 ft / 449 m
    Time:3 Hours 45 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2464 ft / 751 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 2431 ft / 741 m; Extra: 33 ft / 10m
    Gain on way out:33 ft / 10 m
    Distance:4 mi / 6.4 km
    Route:west ridge
    End Trailhead:above Hauggrend  1476 ft / 449 m
    Time:1 Hours 45 Minutes

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