Ascent of Kopsenni on 2016-06-21

Climber: Denise Mclellan

Date:Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
    Location:Faroe Islands
    Elevation:2589 ft / 789 m

Ascent Trip Report

Accessed from the East, from Saksun valley, commencing from layby with cattle grid at road bridge at 74 m, about 6 k from Hvalvik (trail head :62.22258,-007.12896).Ascended north west on north side of stream to rim of hanging valley and through gate in fence. Followed path marked by low wooden stakes with reflective markers for short distance before turning north west uphill on grass to ridge, passing subsidiary summit. Followed undulating and ascending rocky ridge in generally westerly direction, sometimes traversing just under the rock band. Pleasantly airy in places but never too narrow. Had we had more time, less wind and better visibility we could probably have followed the ridge all the way.

Subsidiary summit at c 673 m has no cairn but is definitely not high point, as marked on popular 1:100000 map ( but printed contours appear correct on this map) Borgin: 62.22699, -007.17744 672m our GPS)

There are two cairned summits on the ridge about 5 mins walk apart : the eastern one is higher. (789m mapped, 795 m measured, 62.22848, -007.20663. )

We measured the western one at 784m. (62.22684, -007.21420 was our GPS reading.)

In the valley to the west, below, is a ?shepherd hut, small lake and presumably the end of the marked path. We descended south into this valley (after a short distance back along the ridge ) to pick up the marked path and easily returned to the car. Total round trip 4h 15 m.

The slopes here are much less steep and rocky than in the northern islands of Faroe.

We had strong SSE winds, poor visibility and rain at the end of the route.

Saksun village , located at the end of the valley with spectacular sea inlet, has an attractive church and traditional grass roofed buildings and is worth visiting, with other walking possibilities.

We camped at Eidi, on the north west tip of Eysturoy Island. The campsite is to the north east of the town, facing the sea. It is located on an Astro turf football pitch with electrical hook ups, though there are a few small pleasant tent sites behind the facilities block. This has showers, kitchen with 2 domestic cookers and washing machine, plus an upper room with nice sea views.
Summary Total Data
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
    Weather:foggy, some rain, poor visibility
Ascent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 20 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 25 Minutes

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