Ascent to Galdhøpiggen-Svellnose on 2014-07-07

Climber: Kyle Bretherton

Date:Monday, July 7, 2014
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Point Reached:Galdhøpiggen - Svellnose
    Elevation:7454 ft / 2271 m
    Remaining Elevation:646 ft / 197 m (14% left to go)

Ascent Trip Report

With only one possible day to climb the peak, we stayed in the Spiterstulen Hut the previous night, woke up at 5:30 and started up the obvious route. The first 700m went quickly, but then things went downhill. After 2000m in particular, the winds became an issue. As we neared the subpeak called "Svellnose," it became difficult to stand up without being blown over. Just as we reluctantly started retracing our steps, a party member rolled her ankle in a very serious way because of being tossed around by the wind in rocky terrain. That sealed it. We had no choice but to beat a quick retreat before the ankle injury swelled up too much.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3825 ft / 1165 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5 mi / 8 km
    Trailhead:Spiterstulen Hut  3629 ft / 1106 m
    Grade/Class:Class 1+
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Weather:Drizzle, Cool, Extremely Windy, Low Clouds
VERY windy
Ascent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 0 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 30 Minutes

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