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Ascent of Valahnúkur on 2014-09-02

Climber: John McHugh

Others in Party:Suzanne Lapointe
Date:Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Valahnúkur
    Location:Iceland
    Elevation:1526 ft / 465 m

Ascent Trip Report

Back to Thorsmork finally after 8 years! This time, spent three nights at Volcano Huts which gave us 4 days to hike in this magnificent place. Valahnukur is still awesome, though a bit of a tourist mountain, since it can be easily hiked from the Thorsmork hut by anyone who has just a few hours in the park. I was able to confirm with my GPS that the peak coordinates in the PB database are correct.

Hiked about 55 km over 4 days in the park, though only bagged 2 peaks really. But every day there are new discoveries around every corner, the views ever changing. Surely a highlight in my hiking experiences. One of my favorites was the route to Trollakirkja. It was interesting to hear stories of people who had finished the Laugavegur trek or had hiked the Fimmvörðuháls trail from Skogar.
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Hiking in Thorsmork, Iceland (2014-09-02). Photo by John McHugh.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1526 ft / 464 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1526 ft / 465 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6.2 mi / 10 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:870 ft / 265 m
    Distance:0.7 mi / 1.2 km
    Route:direct route from Husadalur
    Start Trailhead:Husadalur  656 ft / 199 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1526 ft / 465 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 870 ft / 266 m; Extra: 656 ft / 199m
    Gain on way out:656 ft / 199 m
    Distance:5.5 mi / 8.8 km
    Route:via Slyppugilshryggur
    End Trailhead:Husadalur  656 ft / 199 m



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