Ascent of Esja on 2011-08-18

Climber: Dave Ward

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Thursday, August 18, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Elevation:2999 ft / 914 m

Ascent Trip Report

At this time of year (mid-August), there was no snow along the route, although snow could be seen in the distance. Most hikers only go as far as the plateau at Þverfellshorn, and many were just wearing shorts. The actual summit (Habunga, at 914 m.) is another 3-km trek across rocky terrain northeast from the Þverfellshorn. There is no real trail. If you don't have a GPS or compass, you just have to keep eye-balling the highest point. Eventually, you'll arrive at a large rock pile, or cairn. Somebody put a wooden stick in the top, but other than that, there's no sign to greet you. Perhaps someday a group will erect one.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2953 ft / 900 m
    Round-Trip Distance:8.7 mi / 14 km
    Route:via Þverfellshorn
    Trailhead:46 ft / 14 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Aid Climb
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 

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