Ascent of Breidtinden on 2017-06-14

Climber: James Barlow

Others in Party:Becca Romig
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Elevation:3284 ft / 1000 m

Ascent Trip Report

Our initial plan for Breidtinden had called for taking our camping gear up to the lake along the route to Breidtinden to camp. Since we really didn’t want to drag the extra weight that far up, we found a great spot in the woods near Mefjordbotn to camp not far from the car out in the open again. This time, we learned from our Segla sleeping sunburn experience and opted to put on sunscreen as we crawled into our sleeping bags and put on our eye masks. We slept from around 9pm until just after midnight when we woke up from our nap and headed for the Breidtinden trailhead for a really alpine start. The hike up to the first lake with the summer cabins is quite well marked and easy to follow. From there, the trail continues to be quite easy to follow, but there are some boggy sections which must be contended with. A short distance above the upper lake, the trail and valley are covered in snow, but it made for some very easy and direct walking to the pass. From the pass, the trail is once again easy to follow as it ascends the ridge. At a point part way up the ridge, the trail disappears under snow again. We opted to put on our crampons and break out the ice axes as this part of the mountain was in the shade and the snow was more solid. This worked out quite well as we ascended on a great snow field for a while before coming to an easy spot to ascend to the main ridge. We immediately picked up the trail on the main ridge and were able to follow it over some 3rd class terrain to the summit. The views from the top were incredible at this early hour (7am or so), and we could easily see yesterday’s peak, Segla, from here. After signing the register and taking the obligatory summit photos, we retraced our steps down the trail. We were able to bypass the snow down-climb by sticking to the trail and following the side of the snow from where it buried the trail to the place where we had put crampons on. The snow was much softer by now, so we slid down a nice snowfield to the pass. It was also an easy walk back to the lake over the soft snow. The trail was just as easy to follow on the descent as the ascent, so we had no issues. Once we arrived at the car, it was so hot that I had to take my shirt off while we unpacked, changed, and got organized. I would say that Breidtinden was one of the best peaks that I have ever climbed because of the amazing location, stunning views, midnight sun, great snow climbing, sustained 3rd class scrambling, and of course my favorite peakbagging partner!
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3218 ft / 980 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3218 ft / 980 m
    Route:SW Ridge
    Start Trailhead:66 ft / 20 m
Descent Statistics
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