Ascent of Hvannadalshnúkur on 2014-05-24

Climber: Mark McAllister

Others in Party:Bob Bazley
Date:Saturday, May 24, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Elevation:6923 ft / 2110 m

Ascent Trip Report

Started off from sandfell car park at 4am. Conditions weren't great but the snow remained fairly firm all the way up. The guide was extremely knowledgable and knew where the crevasses were hidden - I highly recommend a guide on this mountain as the conditions can deteriorate very quickly. We covered the 12km and 2000m of ascent to the summit in 8 hours. The decent was made slower due to the softening snow and post holing for most of the way down. A long and tiring day but made perfect by the company and the shear beauty of Iceland.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:6595 ft / 2010 m
    Round-Trip Distance:14.9 mi / 24 km
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Snow Climb, Glacier Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Rope, Ski Poles, Guide
    Weather:Snowing, Cold, Breezy, White-out
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:6595 ft / 2010 m
    Distance:7.5 mi / 12 km
    Start Trailhead:328 ft / 99 m
    Time:8 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Distance:7.5 mi / 12 km
    Time:5 Hours 

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