Ascent of Store Blåmannen on 2017-07-26

Climber: Brian Guennigsman

Others in Party:Anna
Date:Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Store Blåmannen
    Elevation:3425 ft / 1043 m

Ascent Trip Report

This trip has been on my bucket list for a long time. Finally after a long day at work we were able to set off for the highest peak on Kvaløya, the island that we live on. After a 20 minute drive we parked a couple hundred meters from the start of the trail. The beginning of the trail was through a wet area, but as usual the Norwegian trekkers association (DNT) did a great job of making a small path of planks that made staying dry relatively easy. After walking through the wetlands we started climbing higher and here we met the mountain. This one is a bit different then most of the mountains we hike because it was much more "stoney", which we enjoyed. After a bit we started hiking up the side of the mountain at an angle and then suddenly the path transformed into a small area of ferns and small trees on a little somewhat flatter area. Just as suddenly the path got steeper and there were a few adrenaline increasing minutes as we had to press ourselves close the the huge wall of the mountain and cross a few small wet patches while holding fast to the big blueman. Then once again the path got easier until we again started another steep path upwards. Here we walked on large slabs of rock until we the path started getting steeper with more small rock/sand. Here were had to scramble and use our hands to make our way slowly up the steep side of the mountain. There were a few spots where we had to "climb" and then before we knew it we made the last steps up the top. From the top the views were amazing, with awesome cloud formations and some fog rolling in from the ocean. The misses liked to go near the steep drop off where there is a 3-400 meter cliff but me and the boy were happy to enjoy our snack a bit further away. The trip down went smoothly and we were able to check another top off our bucket list.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3550 ft / 1081 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3550 ft / 1081 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5 mi / 8 km
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3471 ft / 1057 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 3392 ft / 1033 m; Extra: 79 ft / 24m
    Loss on way in:79 ft / 24 m
    Distance:2.5 mi / 4.1 km
    Start Trailhead:Sletteneset  33 ft / 10 m
    Time:2 Hours 40 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3471 ft / 1057 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 3392 ft / 1033 m; Extra: 79 ft / 24m
    Gain on way out:79 ft / 24 m
    Distance:2.4 mi / 3.9 km
    End Trailhead:Sletteneset  33 ft / 10 m
    Time:1 Hours 4 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Brian Guennigsman
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