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Ascent to Schiertzegga-Post Summit on 2019-06-16

Climber: Greg Slayden

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, June 16, 2019
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
Point Reached:Schiertzegga - Post Summit
    Location:Jan Mayen
    Elevation:1240 ft / 377 m
    Remaining Elevation:7 ft / 3 m (1% left to go)

Ascent Trip Report

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Sunday, June 16:

I was feeling pretty seasick this morning on the Valiente, and the only food I had was some snacks in the early morning alone up in the dining area. Eventually the 5 of us onboard got our gear together and got ferried ashore by zodiac, our new landing zone in a tiny rocky cove with good water conditions but a steep scramble needed to get up to land.

Petter, Arnt, and Chris were headed for the Rudolftoppen, having missed it yesterday while on the boat. Jukka and I first explored the weather station, but it was shut down and no one wanted to talk to us until two ladies we had meet earlier (at the other beach) told us that our team had a tour scheduled for tomorrow at 9 AM.

So Jukka and I headed back up the Borgdalen trail we had hiked yesterday and aimed for a climb of the Scheirtzegga, a pinnacled ridge rising just to the south. However, I was feeling sick from my night on the boat and was hiking very slowly, so I told the more energetic Jukka to go ahead. I explored the Scheirtzegga and its interesting rock pinnacles of crumbling conglomerate, and met Jukka coming down the main gully as I went up, but neither of us summited the peak. The actual top looked to be a rugged spire that required some exposed scrambling I did not want to do alone, and especially when feeling unstable from my recent night on a rocking boat.

I descended the Scheirtzegga to the south and started down the beautiful Blinddalen valley, and say Jukka below at water’s edge, where the weather ladies had said one could see puffins. But I was tired and stopped at an elevation of 120m and returned to the station area and the Valiente beach. Overall it was a lost day for me, with nothing much really accomplished. I found a perch to rest and hang out near the beach while I waited for others to return.

It was not long before I heard a loud “whoop!” and saw Mats high above me, doing another paraglider jump from the high cliff above. Then Jukka returned from his hiking explorations, and not long afterwards Petter, Arnt, and Chris, who had tagged the Rudolftoppen, the Midtfjellet, and the Scheirtzegga—Petter had found a way to climb the rotten pinnacles and helped the others summit, too. I wished I had not been alone when I had been up there, and Petter agreed it was a risky place to be climbing solo.

I now had bivvy gear with me that I had brought from the boat, and I didn’t want to spend another night onboard, so everyone but me did the zodiac transfer back to the Valiente. Alone, I explored the now-familiar area of huts, buildings, and roads a bit, then hiked up the trail a ways past the last hut and found a nice mossy spot for my bivouac. I wanted to be near the trail, to catch Richard and company when they came down—they were expected tonight at some time.

I did not have a lot of food, unfortunately, so I set up my bivvy and just lay in my bag, reading a trashy crime novel and trying to doze. It was cold and windy under the cloud layer, but still mostly dry, thankfully.

Sometime just before midnight I heard voices, and quickly unzipped my bivvy sack to call out and just catch Denise, Tony, and Frederik, hiking down the trail. I told them about the unexpected “no tents” rule and they were just as disappointed and annoyed as I had been yesterday. They mulled their options and decided to bivvy near me, since going to the boat this late only to come back tomorrow for the station tour was not appealing. Richard and Johannes would be arriving soon, since they were off doing the Scheirtzegga as their last peak of the day. They had all been to the south end of the island, a long trek indeed.

Denise decided that her group needed more to eat, so she went to the nearby beach and used the radio to get the Valiente crew to ferry her out some boxes of food and fuel. Richard and Johannes arrived, after also successfully scaling the Scheirtzegga pinnacles, and after their consternation at the situation faded we all settled in for a pleasant evening bivouac. I definitely appreciated the extra food they procured and was happy to eat more. We probably did not get to sleep until 2 AM.

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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1637 ft / 498 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1618 ft / 493 m
    Round-Trip Distance:8.3 mi / 13.4 km
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country, Snow on Ground, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Windy, Low Clouds
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1243 ft / 378 m
    Distance:4.2 mi / 6.7 km
    Route:Borgdalen
    Start Trailhead:Båtvika  -3 ft / 0 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1618 ft / 493 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1224 ft / 373 m; Extra: 394 ft / 120m
    Gain on way out:394 ft / 120 m
    Distance:4.2 mi / 6.7 km
    Route:Blinddallen, Borgdalen
    End Trailhead:Båtvika  16 ft / 4 m
Ascent Part of Trip: 2019 - Schiertz (1 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1(Attempt) Schiertzegga2019-06-161637 ft / 499 m
2Schiertzegga2019-06-172084 ft / 635 m
Total Trip Gain: 3721 ft / 1134 m    Total Trip Loss: 3718 ft / 1133 m
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