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Ascent of Esja on 2017-06-18

Climber: Rob Woodall

Others in Party:Adrian Rayner <2698>; Pete Ellis; Martin Whiteley
Date:Sunday, June 18, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Esja
    Location:Iceland
    Elevation:2999 ft / 914 m

Ascent Trip Report

From SW as per Petter. Very well used trail to Thervellshorn 740m with viewfinder and large cairn just beyond. Then approx beeline to summit, en route visiting unnamed level SW summit, small cairn amidst what Martin identified as patterned ground, a polygonal pattern formed by frost action on unvegetated ground. Large snow patches higher up easier underfoot than the stony ground. Large cairn at or near level highpoint.


Cold and drizzly, soon head down following upward GPS track. Back on main trail a lot of walkers and runners, a race on today plus the Mt Esja Ultra, involving several loops on S side of mountain, topping out at Thervellshorn.

Up and down in 5hr, avoiding a soaking although quite a wet drive east, with Gullfoss en route to Skaftafell for Hvannadalsnukur planned tomorrow.

Esja photo album
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2966 ft / 904 m
    Grade/Class:YDS 2+
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country, Snow on Ground, Scramble
    Weather:Drizzle, Cold, Windy, Low Clouds
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2966 ft / 904 m
    Distance:4.6 mi / 7.4 km
    Start Trailhead:33 ft / 10 m
    Time:5 Hours 
Descent Statistics
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Rob Woodall
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