Ascent of Skrådalstinden on 2014-06-27

Climber: Kyle Bretherton

Date:Friday, June 27, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
    Elevation:2530 ft / 771 m

Ascent Trip Report

We had a lovely climb of this locally prominent peak, which has nice hiking and scrambling. The only issue was the fact that we arrived on the summit when it was in the clouds, which we could have avoided by climbing earlier or later. Since I am the "peakbagger first ascentionist" of this peak, I will give the following route description. The route is as such. To get to the trailhead, take the turn from E10 signed to Unstad and Tangstad. After 4km or so, there is a turn signed to Tangstad. Do not take this turn, but instead continue on the main road through a tunnel (surprise!) into the next valley. After exiting the tunnel, the trailhead is on the 2nd (if I remember) right turn. The actual trail is hard to find, and it is well-defined up to Skrådalsvatnet. Upon reaching the dam, you have two choices. The first is to continue on the trail, which keeps going around the lake. Then, on the other side of the lake, start up the main stream coming into the lake on a small sheep path and when the mini-gorge of this stream ends, cross the stream and head up steep and rather unpleasant heather up to ~400 meters of elevation. Then traverse right towards two small lakes. Then, just head straight up toward the obvious summit. This will involve some scrambling, but there are ways around anything that's unreasonably steep or difficult. This is the faster route, but is not as fun as the second route option. The second option is to go from the dam at the near end of Skrådalsvatnet on a higher sheep path. When this peters out, make an upward traverse onto the SE ridge of the peak, on which you can continue all the way to the summit. This has a path going up it (though it is often ill-defined and at one point goes through a very thin cleft between two rocks) and it's probably less technically difficult than the first route option. You can go all the way on the ridge crest but if at any time this seems uncomfortable, it is easy to drop down and regain the ridge later. The ridge route is a bit long, but is quite interesting and fun.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2605 ft / 793 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2605 ft / 793 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6.2 mi / 10 km
    Grade/Class:Class 2+
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Low Clouds
Cool and cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2595 ft / 790 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2464 ft / 751 m; Extra: 131 ft / 39m
    Loss on way in:131 ft / 39 m
    Distance:3.1 mi / 5 km
    Start Trailhead:Saupstad  66 ft / 20 m
    Time:3 Hours 0 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2474 ft / 754 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 2464 ft / 751 m; Extra: 10 ft / 3m
    Gain on way out:10 ft / 3 m
    Distance:3.1 mi / 5 km
    Route:Skrådalstinden SE ridge
    End Trailhead:Saupstad  66 ft / 20 m
    Time:2 Hours 0 Minutes

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