Ascent of Glittertinden on 1993-07-18

Climber: Greg Slayden

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, July 18, 1993
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
    Elevation:8087 ft / 2464 m

Ascent Trip Report

I 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.

The hike to the summit of the highest snow peak in Norway is a long trip across the tundra (1993-07-18).
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4545 ft / 1385 m
    Trailhead:3542 ft / 1079 m
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Stream Ford, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe

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