Ascent of Glittertinden on 1993-07-18
|Date:||Sunday, July 18, 1993|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Elevation:||2464 m / 8087 ft|
Ascent Trip ReportI left the Juvvasshytta early and drove down the steep, tortuous dirt road back to Route 55, drove east a few miles, then took another rutted dirt road south up into the mountains, towards Glittertinden. I had to pay a steep 60 NKr (US $8.25) toll to use this road, which stayed in a deep valley up to Spiterstulen, between Galdhopiggen and Glittertinden. There was a campground and hut/resort complex at the end of the road, where I bought a bag of Snickers bars, and then I parked at the trailhead a mile down from the end of the road, having trouble finding a good parking spot on the road, since there was no parking lot. I finally started up the trail at 10:20 AM.
Today's hike up Glittertinden was an all-day affair, gaining 4566 vertical feet to the 8108 foot summit, mostly on open, rocky terrain. I found this ironic, since yesterday's climb up Galhoppigen, a "rock" peak, was mostly on snow, and this hike up a "snow" peak was mostly on rock. There was a pretty good path to follow, and the only obstacle besides the hike's long length and the peak's steep, crumbly summit dome was a rushing brook I had to wade across after removing my boots. It was another beautiful, clear, cloudless day, something I hadn't expected too much of in Norway.
I didn't encounter snow until the very summit, which was a large snow dome with a dangerously corniced ridge as its high crest, and huge cliffs dropping off underneath the cornices. I was very careful while on the summit not to go too far over on this ridge, since I had visions of the cornices collapsing. There were a fair amount of people on the mountain, including a large group with a Norwegian guide who yelled at me when I took even one perfectly safe step off the snow path in the direction of the cornices.
The hike down was long and tiring, and I arrived back at my car at 6:50 PM. After a stop at the expensive, crowded campground store at Spiterstulen (a bottle of Sprite was US $2.75!) I looked for places to pull over and sleep in my car along the dirt road, but didn't see any. Once I was back on paved Route 55 I headed west, and after twenty minutes or so there was a large grassy turnout blocked by huge boulders that my tiny car was nevertheless able to squeeze through. I parked as far from the road as possible, removed the rear of the car's back seat, and tried to sleep, difficult since it was so light out.
|Photo: The hike to the summit of the highest snow peak in Norway is a long trip across the tundra.|
|Summary Total Data|
| Elevation Gain:||1385 m / 4545 ft|
| Trailhead:||1079 m / 3542 ft|
| Route Conditions:||Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Stream Ford, Snow on Ground|
| Gear Used:||Ice Axe|
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