Ascent of Helagsfjället on 2012-06-27

Climber: Jon Colbert

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Hitchhiking
    Elevation:5892 ft / 1795 m

Ascent Trip Report

Hitched a ride from Ljungdalen to Kläppen, then walked into Helags Fjällstation. Cold, windy and wet evening...

Walked up to the glacier the next morning and then climbed a snow slope up towards the Sth ridge. On the ridge I met two Swedes who were dashing over the peak in running shoes! Reached the summit via the snowy Sth ridge, then descended via the Nth ridge back scored a nice glissade back down to the valley floor.

There was a lot of variation in the ground conditions.
In places the wind had stripped it back to boiler plate ice,
and then there was wind blown powder to plug through. Mostly it was either rimed rocks or compacted icy snow.

The weather cleared for a couple of minutes while back at the mountain station to see the summit and then the clouds rolled back in.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2874 ft / 875 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3727 ft / 1135 m
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Stream Ford, Snow on Ground, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Tent Camp
    Nights Spent:2 nights away from roads
    Weather:Snowing, Frigid, Very Windy, White-out
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2874 ft / 875 m
    Route:South Ridge
    Start Trailhead:Kläppen  3018 ft / 919 m
    Time:1 Days 4 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3727 ft / 1135 m
    Route:North Ridge
    End Trailhead:Ljungdalen  2165 ft / 659 m
    Time:1 Days 2 Hours 

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