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Ascent of Hekla on 2020-06-29

Climber: Dhruv Garg

Date:Monday, June 29, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Hekla
    Location:Iceland
    Elevation:4757 ft / 1449 m

Ascent Trip Report

Hekla is one of the most active volcanoes in the world. After hiking up Mt. Esja in Reykjavik the day before, my girlfriend and I were feeling upbeat and decided to go for Hekla too.

Leaving Reykjavik later than anticipated, we drove our rental car on F225 and the subsequent road to Hekla about 5 kms in to find a recent landslide ruin the so-called dirt 'road'. No way to go forward, we decided to park and start making our way to the mountain around 12.15 PM. Having done some elementary research the night before, we didn't think that snow gear (viz. ice axe, gaiters, crampons, etc.) would be necessary. However, on the drive over and during the hike to the base of the mountain, it was more snow on the mountain than expected and we were wondering if we had made the right choice by coming out empty-handed. After a little less than 2 hours, the mountain presented itself and we started the long slog up. Trudging back and forth between snow and volcanic rock fields, the going was even-paced despite the howling winds. The sun had melted the top layer of the snow which had percolated down to solidify the layers below to present us with ideal snow conditions. That helped eliminate the need of snow gear to a certain extent. The climb from the base of the summit onwards was frustrating due to the unpredictable post-holing that we encountered. My shins weren't my best friend in those moments. After an arduous 4 hours, we made it to the top of our first Icelandic volcano.

We took some photos on the windy summit before starting the climb down. Like the way up, the climb down was pretty even-paced due to the high quality of solid snow. We were back on the marked trail around 5.20 PM. After walking what seemed a thousand kilometers on the dirt road, our rental car finally came into view. Tomorrow will definitely be a day-off.

On to the next mountain on our trip...
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3426 ft / 1044 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3426 ft / 1044 m
    Round-Trip Distance:11.5 mi / 18.5 km
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Snow Climb
    Weather:Pleasant, Windy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3426 ft / 1044 m
    Distance:5.8 mi / 9.3 km
    Route:NE Ridge
    Start Trailhead:1331 ft / 405 m
    Time:3 Hours 52 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3426 ft / 1044 m
    Distance:5.7 mi / 9.2 km
    Route:NE Ridge
    End Trailhead:1331 ft / 405 m
    Time:2 Hours 29 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Dhruv Garg
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