Ascent of Kistufell on 2009-07-26

Climber: James Barlow

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, July 26, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Elevation:1575 ft / 480 m

Ascent Trip Report

This is the Kistufell above Hesteyri, not to be confused with the Kistufell above Hnífsdalur/Botnsdalur to the southwest. Hiked it from the trail going from Hælavík to Hesteyri after spending the night near the beach in Hælavík. I had come up and over into Hælavík from Hornvík the day before. Some Class 3 cliffs to scramble through, but little exposure. There are 2 cairns at the top of the cliffs to find your way back, but the true summit is another cairn about 1km to the north on the other side of a mostly-frozen pond. I found 2 sets of footprints in the snow and later found out they belonged to a father and son who were camped in Hesteyri and had hiked the same peak the day before. Quite cold and windy on top, but great visibility. Solo.
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A lonely cairn atop Kistufell, Iceland (2009-07-26). Photo by James Barlow.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2887 ft / 879 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1312 ft / 399 m
    Nights Spent:4 nights away from roads
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2887 ft / 879 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1575 ft / 480 m; Extra: 1312 ft / 399m
    Loss on way in:1312 ft / 399 m
    Start Trailhead:0 ft / 0 m
Descent Statistics

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