Ascent of Matinden on 2017-06-15

Climber: James Barlow

Others in Party:Becca Romig
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Thursday, June 15, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Elevation:1342 ft / 409 m

Ascent Trip Report

Måtind was in and out of the clouds as Becca and I explored the areas around Andenes, so we decided to go for it. We were hoping to catch the excellent view from the peak to the NW with a line of spires and an island in the background. We set off from the trailhead in Stave for the summit, making quick work of the initial steep ascent to the plateau, where we made good time over the flatter portions. Måtind was still in the clouds about half the time and out in the open about half the time, so we felt that our prospects for fine views from the top were looking good! We started up the final stretch to the top as a cloud moved in, but we figured that it would clear. We got a little off the trail, so we just cut uphill until we found the real trail and followed that to the top without any issue. After a few summit pics, we retreated out of the wind to a spot just below the summit to wait for the cloud to pass. After 15 min or so, it began to rain. We felt like our prospects for a good view were fading. After getting a bit wet and cold waiting for the cloud to lift, we gave up and headed down. We had spied a few gullies that looked cliff-free that we could descend to Høyvika and take that trail back to the car while enjoying some new scenery. We found a gully that Becca wanted to descend and I worried may cliff out. The desire to get out of the cloud won out and she convinced me to descent this questionable gully. Luck was on our side as we made it down to the beach without any dangerous slips or cliffing out. Once down, we found some sheep and plenty of sheep crap all over. There are a few cabins that look like they do not see much use on Høyvika. We headed towards the trail out and back where we naturally got too high in one spot and had to backtrack to get on the correct trail. Once we were on the trail, it was easy to follow and we returned to the car without issue, having made an excellent loop out of our hike. We were soaked to the bone from the rain and our shoes were covered in sheep poop, but it was a great time even if we did not get the view that we had hoped for from the summit. We made it back to our hotel room quite late, but made a nice dinner and were able to dry most of our gear while we slept. Naturally, the next day was spectacular on Andøy and Måtind was in the sun at least all morning before we departed for Harstad. Pics
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1539 ft / 469 m
    Total Elevation Loss:197 ft / 60 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1539 ft / 469 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1342 ft / 409 m; Extra: 197 ft / 60m
    Loss on way in:197 ft / 60 m
    Route:Måtind Trail
    Start Trailhead:0 ft / 0 m
Descent Statistics
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