Ascent of Store Lenangstind on 2012-07-28

Climber: Martin Richardson

Date:Saturday, July 28, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Store Lenangstind
    Elevation:5331 ft / 1624 m

Ascent Trip Report

Started from Koppangan. Once a fishing village that looks like it has been overtaken by tourism, but not a lot.
I started by walking along the shore, then following the glacial stream through the birch trees. And then the first stretch of boulders and rocks, up a steep slope and on to a seemingly endless boulder field. You get a real sense of geology in the making - no vegetation to mask things. Then up another steep slope to the Koppangsvatnet glacial lake - where unfortunately the fine day disappeared and the rain came in and stayed.
Then I had to get up the steep ice on the snout of the Koppangsbreen glacier - time to put on crampons and wield the ice axe. The ice was crystallised so there was quite a good grip really - not that I was too happy coming down here later and I used the rocks and grit in the moraines to help keep from slipping.
A long walk up the glacier looking out for crevasses - some looked deep but most were not too wide to jump over.
A steep snow covered section of the glacier lead to the Strupbreen glacier - it was obvious this was a different glacier that moved in a different direction, because the crevasses were now running alongside my route rather than across it. There were pools of melted ice and slush to go round, too. As I got nearer to the circle of tops there was evidence of past avalanches. The penultimate part was definitely the hardest, the snow became quite steep - thankfully it wasn't ice. There was no visibility because of the cloud cover and there was a bergschrund to avoid. The last part is just a rocky scramble and I had no idea of the exposure as there was no visibility. I did not hang around by the summit cairn.
Coming back was tough going, I was wet through and those boulder fields. I did enjoy the controlled bumslides down the steep snow slopes.
However, it was also wonderfully eerie and primeval. Geology in the making and it makes it easy to understand the more familiar hills of upland Britain seeing the processes before my own eyes.
It was close to 11.00 pm when I got back. Thanks for the 24 hour daylight. If not the weather.

For pictures and context, see my blog 'Went up a hill and came down' at:
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