Ascent of Réttarfell on 2014-09-04

Climber: John McHugh

Others in Party:Suzanne Lapointe
Date:Thursday, September 4, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Elevation:1670 ft / 509 m

Ascent Trip Report

Started from our hut in Husadalur, crossed the Krossa river on what appears to be a mobile bridge on wheels, which I assume is to deal with the ever shifting glacial river. We made our way to the Basar area and from there it is a short, but steep hike to the summit of Réttarfell. Superb panorama from the large bald summit, including views of two nearby glaciers. Had the summit entirely to ourselves while we were there, enjoying the incredible views on a clear, relatively warm and calm day. Occasionally helicopters spotted flying over Eyjafjallajokull, apparently quite popular with tourists since the 2010 eruption.

We climbed Valahnukur on our way back to our hut in Husadalur, where we met a group of at least 20 that was descending that peak, quite a shock after our day of near solitude.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1670 ft / 508 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1670 ft / 509 m
    Round-Trip Distance:11.5 mi / 18.5 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1014 ft / 309 m
    Distance:3.9 mi / 6.3 km
    Route:trail from Basar
    Start Trailhead:Volcano Huts Thorsmörk  656 ft / 199 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1670 ft / 509 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1014 ft / 310 m; Extra: 656 ft / 199m
    Gain on way out:656 ft / 199 m
    Distance:7.6 mi / 12.2 km
    Route:back across Krossa river then via Valahnukur
    End Trailhead:Volcano Huts Thorsmörk  656 ft / 199 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Thorsmörk

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Réttarfell2014-09-041670 ft / 509 m
Total Trip Gain: 1670 ft / 509 m    Total Trip Loss: 1670 ft / 509 m

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