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Bjørnskardtinden
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Bjørnskardtinden

 
Bjørnskardtinden

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Troms, Norway, Europe

Lat/Lon: 69.55500°N / 19.36580°E

Object Title: Bjørnskardtinden

Elevation: 4455 ft / 1358 m

 

Page By: darinchadwick

Created/Edited: Apr 5, 2004 / Jul 11, 2013

Object ID: 152489

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Overview

 
Bjørnskardtinden and Fagerfjellet
 
This is the second highest mountain of the Gabriel mnts. From here, one can gaze directly across to Hamperokken, the highest peak of the range, and on the opposite side of the same cirque. While there is a good chance of meeting other climbing parties on Hamperokken, you're more likely to experience solitide on this, her little sister. Bjørnskardtinden means 'bear pass peak'. It is actually two summits. The higher peak at 1358 meters, is at the head of the cirque. The lower summit Stortinden, at 1258 meters is directly west of Bjørnskardtinden, but is the logical end of the Northwest Ridge route. The 500 meter North face of Stortinden is unclimbed, but the north ridge and south slopes of both Stortinden and Bjørnskardtinden make a great day of climbing, hiking, or skiing. A great late winter\spring climb.
Bjørnskardalstind and Hamperokken from Tepphaugdaltinden
The seldom seen north faces of Bjørnskardalstinden and Hamperokken.  New routes anyone?

Getting There

The largest city in the area is Tromsø. From Tromsø drive south on E8 for almost 30km until seeing signs to the left for highway 91. This road ends at a ferry to Breivikeidet. Drive along highway 91 until passing the EISCAT heating prosjekt sign. A large dish antenna is visible, as well as other research facilities. To the right is a large valley. This is Bjørnskardalen. There are small dirt roads that go in a few hundred meters on either side of the river. The right hand side goes in deeper, but then you need to cross the river. The left is a private drive, but the owner is friendly to climbers and hikers.

There are two routes from this approach. First is the Northwest Ridge. From parking at the river, head left up through the birch forest until reaching the rounded ridge, which gets sharper as one ascends, finally turning into shaky third class on loose rock. Not recommended, but plenty exciting. The easier route is the south face. To reach it, see the route description.

The alternative approach is from the East. It isn't much longer, and the ascent is more gradual. Continue the same driving directions as above, but drive past the EISCAT station for around 18k, until reaching a sign 'Sjursnes' to the right. Follow this road past a lake called Nakkevatnet, and park at some cabins. Due East of the lake is a wide open valley called Namdalen. Hike about 6k up this valley until reaching the pass. From here, hike downhill about 300 meters through talus to reach the easiest southern slope. This is a good ski trip, with moderate avalanche danger.

Map: From Statens Kartverk. www.statkart.no. You'll need Map 1534 II Ullsfjord. 1:50000.

Red Tape

No fees, no rangers, no trails, no rescue. It may be a good idea to ask permission if parking in a private driveway. The no rescue part is only partially true, there is a volunteer rescue group, and access to a helicopter, but it's nowhere near the Alps of Switzerland, nor as hodgepode as a National Forest - National Guard - Local Sheriff American "system".

When To Climb

February to May if climbing\skiing the south face. This valley has seen large rockslides recently, good snow cover is essential. The North ridge can be climbed from February to October.

External Links

  • Maps
    Best topos available for Norway.

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