Ascent of Lónfell on 2015-06-12

Climber: James Barlow

Others in Party:Becca Romig
Aidan Barlow -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Sawyer Romig
Sage Kallestad
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, June 12, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Elevation:2467 ft / 751 m

Ascent Trip Report

Hands down, the best weather of the entire Iceland trip! What a perfect day to bag a peak! Our initial plan was to climb Kaldbakur. Two minor issues with that: 1) Iceland had unusually large amounts of snow this past winter coupled with the coldest spring in decades. 2) We were staying in Bíldudalur, which is quite far away as the car drives but not as the crow flies. So, we set our sights on a less lofty, but more historically significant goal: Lómfell. Lómfell is the site where Floki named Iceland in the year 860, while spending the winter in the fjord below, near Brjánslækur. This would clearly not be a first ascent... A little bit about Flóki can be read here:

We were on snow from the minute we set out from the car. This would be the first time using an ice axe for both Sawyer and Sage. The slopes are pretty tame until you get near the top. Then, there are a few pretty steep steps with decent runouts below them to ascend. I gave a demo to the boys about how to use an ice axe, how to self arrest, and the proper French pronunciation of the various piolet and pied placements. Being Americans in Iceland, perfecting the French art of ice ascent, this thoroughly amused the gang. Since the runouts were safe, I had Aidan take the lead (as he has climbed with an ice axe before), and Sawyer follow him. Becca brought up the rear with the older boys and I held back with Sage, climbing right behind him in case he slipped. Sage rocked it as expected, and we made our way up through 4 or so steps to the summit plateau. The high point is marked with a cairn as is a slightly lower point to the SE. The register is found in this lower point.

Right on the summit, the wind was whipping, but we ascended the mountain on the leeward side. After the obligatory summit shots and jumping summit shots (The boys love my jumping summit shots!), we made our descent. Since we had safe runouts, I demonstrated proper butt-glissading techniques for the boys. All 3 followed suit with Sage being the most fearless! Near the car, the boys finally got their wish of a snowball fight. We wanted to be near the car before they soaked their gloves and froze their fingers...

Following the ascent of this very fun peak, we made our way to Dynjandi for more outdoor adventure in the completely perfect weather. This day was a prefect way to bring the trip to a near-end. Bagging a peak, exploring one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the country, and a relaxing evening in amazing Bíldudalur, probably my new favorite Icelandic town.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1105 ft / 336 m
    Route:SW Face
    Trailhead:1362 ft / 415 m
    Route Conditions:
Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by James Barlow
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