Ascent of Hvannadalshnúkur on 2006-07-22

Climber: James Barlow

Date:Saturday, July 22, 2006
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Elevation:2110 m / 6923 ft

Ascent Trip Report

Tried to do this one the weekend before but the weather sucked. Oh well.... Ended up having a great time hiking around Skaftafell, Jökullsárlón, and Stokksnes/Höfn. Good thing I live here....

Headed out the next weekend and....success! The only mountain I have ever climbed with a guide. I only hired a guide because none of my friends in Iceland were mountain climbers and glacier travel alone is dangerous. We began the hike right along the Ring Road near Hotel Skaftafell, which is less than 100m above sea level, under gloomy skies. About half the elevation is gained before the glacier and the other half is gained on the glacier. Not long after ascending the glacier, we broke through the clouds into an amazing clear sky with the sun beating down on us. We made our way along the caldera's edge to the highest point. The final ascent is slightly steep, but not very difficult. We snapped pics on the summit and relaxed for a bit before heading back down. We had to jump a number of crevasses before we headed back down into the clouds. The rest was just a hike down in a slight drizzle.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2050 m / 6726 ft
    Trailhead:60 m / 197 ft
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Rope, Ski Poles, Guide

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