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Ascent of Hálditšohkka on 2009-09-05

Climber: Rickard Colliander

Date:Saturday, September 5, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Hálditšohkka
    Location:Finland/Norway
    Elevation:4344 ft / 1324 m

Ascent Trip Report

Clearly the most remote mountain I have ever climbed. After using frequent flyer points to get to Kiruna I drove the "Northern Lights Road" for five hours to finally end up in the small Norwegian village of Birtavarre. Thereafter, I drove the rental car as long as I dared on a pretty bad dirt road leading into the Kåfjord valley and started walking. I had approximately five kilometers left of the road when a friendly “same” on the way to his reindeers picked me up on his four-wheeler, giving the ascent a head-start. Well on the mountain I realized that there was no path or marks whatsoever but originally the conditions where not that bad and I was in a good mode. Rather suddendly and not far from the summit, however, I was caught in the mist and all visibiliy was gone. After searching for the highpoint for some time, I decided to start the descent when I heard some voices and understood that I was not alone on the mountain. The voices belonged to a nice Norwegian couple who were kind to let me join them. We navigated with our maps and compasses and stood on several peaks with cairns, one of which were the higher Ráisduattarháldi (1,361 meters) and another one – most probably – Halti (we could not find any guest book which I have heard should be there, which made us a bit uncertain). Nevertheless, the next time on such non-routed terrain I will make sure to bring a GPS-device...
Summary Total Data
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail
Ascent Statistics
    Route:Norwegian side
Descent Statistics



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