Ascent of Hvannadalshnúkur on 2006-07-22

Climber: James Barlow

Date:Saturday, July 22, 2006
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Elevation:6923 ft / 2110 m

Ascent Trip Report

Tried to do this one the weekend before but the weather sucked. Oh well.... Ended up having a great time hiking around Skaftafell, Jökullsárlón, and Stokksnes/Höfn - Pics from that weekend. Good thing I live here....

Headed out the next weekend and....success! The only mountain I have ever climbed with a guide. I only hired a guide because none of my friends in Iceland were mountain climbers and glacier travel alone is dangerous. We began the hike right along the Ring Road near Hotel Skaftafell, which is less than 100m above sea level, under gloomy skies. About half the elevation is gained before the glacier and the other half is gained on the glacier. Not long after ascending the glacier, we broke through the clouds into an amazing clear sky with the sun beating down on us. We made our way along the caldera's edge to the highest point. The final ascent is slightly steep, but not very difficult. We snapped pics on the summit and relaxed for a bit before heading back down. We had to jump a number of crevasses before we headed back down into the clouds. The rest was just a hike down in a slight drizzle. Pictures from Hvannadalshnúkur

I was a few hours drive from home, so I did not want to waste the weekend after having traveled so far. One of the guys I climbed with the previous day was also camping at Skaftafell. Bart from Belgium. We had not been to Ingolfshöfði and you need a vehicle to get there. Since he was traveling around Iceland by public transit, I figured that we should do this since he couldn't do it on his own. You are driven to the actual cliffs by a farmer in a tractor. There are a lot of lundi (puffins) on the cliffs. Pictures from Ingolfshöfði
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:6726 ft / 2050 m
    Trailhead:197 ft / 60 m
    Quality:10 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Rope, Ski Poles, Guide

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