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This is a dormant page that I mostly use to create body sections that I cut and paste into regular mountain pages. Some items on page are just experiments. Please ignore.



Milford Sound in New Zealand

Milford Sound in New Zealand

Y Fal

The Hike

Hold On!


OS Map

Summit views

Colorful canyonlands to the northwestColorful canyonlands to the northwest
North toward Ighil MNorth toward Ighil M'Goun


Just beyond end of ATV trailBreaking out of the trees after leaving the ATV trail
Bird Peak in AugustFirst view of peak; climb grassy apex at lower right center, up spur from there

Point 4840Southward along the upper southwest ridge (Point 4840 at right)
Meadow The deep, soft meadow in the hanging valley southwest of Bird Peak.


Summit ViewAn eastward view from near the top of Bird Peak (August).
Map Standard Route

Summit ViewAn eastward view from near the top of Bird Peak (August).

Summit ViewAn eastward view from near the top of Bird Peak (August).

Just beyond end of ATV trailBreaking out of the trees after leaving the ATV trail
Hanging valley The deep, soft meadow in the hanging valley southwest of Bird Peak.

Bird Peak in August1st view of Bird Peak; climb grassy apex at lower right center, up ridge from there
Point 4840 Southward along the upper southwest ridge (Point 4840 at right)


High Atlas, Sahara Side
Peak 3727m (right, with snow cornice) and Adrar-n-Dern (3853m) from the plateau above Tammast, late April.

Peak 3727 is a minor summit on the Western High Atlas crest 17 kilometers east of Toubkal. It's a real peak, standing out separately on the ridge and having about 80 meters (250 feet) of prominence, but it probably wouldn't merit a page on Summitpost if it weren't for this: climbing it seems to be the most efficient access to the main Atlas crest from a paved road on the south (Sahara) side of the range. It took me a long time to figure this out, so I'm posting the peak for the benefit of those who, like me, are centering their Moroccan adventures in the vicinity of Ouarzazate. If your base is Marrakech, well, by all means, head to Imlil and tramp up the well-beaten paths with everybody else.



The trail starts with steep by not quite vertical ladders
The upper ridge to the summit is gorgeous but exposed to the wind

The regular route up Heimaklettur starts just behind the trailhead sign and goes up an obvious wooden ladder to get past the first cliff band. There are several of these ladders at the beginning, at an angle of about 70 degrees--not so steep as to be strenuous, but scary for people afraid of heights. If you can handle the first couple of ladders, you'll be fine all the way to the top. About a hundred vertical meters above the start, the ladders end and the trail zigzags a steep hillside to reach a spectacular clifftop ridge, which it follows to the summit. Most people will need 30 minutes to an hour to get to the top.

The route is never truly dangerous in good conditions, but it might feel that way to some. In snowy or icy weather, there could be some real risk on the upper slopes.

Summit Views

Northeast from summit
Miðklettur and Ystiklettur
Bracing against an average summer gale, with the port behind

The Island of Heimaey


Strákar means "boys" in Icelandic. Maybe the name comes from the appearance from some angles that the mountain has multiple heads.

Getting There
Just Another Pretty Waterfall
A waterfall on the drive from Dalvík to Strákar

From Akureyri or Dalvík, follow route 82 along the spectacular, waterfall-festooned cliffs of Eyjafjörður and through a spooky one-lane tunnel to the town of Ólafsfjörður. Continue on route 76 through two more very long and empty tunnels till you emerge by the photogenic waterside village of Siglufjörður. From here, drive a few kilometers north to a short tunnel. Emerging from the tunnel, you'll see an unmistakable orange lighthouse, called Sauðanes. This is your landmark for starting up Strákar.

Sauðanes Lighthouse and the base of Strákar can also be reached from the west by driving up route 76 from Hofsós, an equally picturesque and little-traveled stretch of road.


Getting Up

The most natural routes for climbing Strákar start from the main road above and a little west of the orange lighthouse, about a kilometer beyond the tunnel. You can use a rough parking pullout by a stone monument, next to a blue marker with the number "6" (it looks like a kilometer marker, but it's not).

The obvious route from here is to follow Strákar's west ridge, skirting the northern cliff bands all the way to the top. This will work, but be forewarned that about a thousand feet up the ridge you'll encounter a YDS Class 4/UIAA II step that comes just as the rock turns to volcanically-fried crud. If you do it, be very careful, especially with the possibility knocking rocks or whole rockslides on each other.

A much more pleasant ascent is available by walking up Engidalur, the broad valley that rises from the stone monument into the bowl west and southwest of the peak. You'll pass two small tarns. At the back of the valley, in the vicinity of the second tarn, a grass and rock rib provides a very easy (YDS class 2) scramble to the gentle upper slopes and the summit. Watch for geodes and opal-like crystals on the rib.

The total elevation gain from the stone monument to the summit is 585 meters (1920 feet). Average time to the top for someone in pretty good hiking shape would be about two hours.

The west ridge route is marked in red on the map below, while the easier Engidalur ascent is shown in yellow.

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Summit Views

Down the east face to Siglufjörður
North View
View over the north face to the lighthouse and the Norwegian Sea


There is potentially good camping by the first tarn. I'm not sure about land ownership or local permissions--it would probably be best to ask at the farmhouse by the orange lighthouse, describing where you are planning to spend the night. Most likely, they'll say go for it.


Local weather

Siglufjörður hostel

Strákar tunnel video


only easily ascended peak for those doing Crow Pass crossing

quite a bit published about this peak, but much of it wrong or misleading

CP trail has multiple variants as you ascend canyon below Barnes Mtn. You will see a prominent rock "peak" at the head of the valley. This is actually an unnamed point, el. ___, that is a former nunatak from when Jewel Gl was longer. BM 3885 is on its slopes. Up to your R is a sharp peak--Jewel.

Regardless of which trail branch you are using, as pass the throat of the gorge w its waterfalls, leave trail where the smaller E branch of Crow Cr crosses (the first and only stream crossing on way to CP). Angle [NE], using ledges to pass the small cliff band over which E branch cascades, and enter the large scree/snow bowl betw. nunatak and Jewel. Gain the saddle behind the nunatak and turn R into the higher bowl containing R lobe of Jewel Gl. (more of a stagnant ice remnant now). Skirt this easily to the Jewel/Summit col. In early summer this is a traverse of snowfields on left of the "glacier." Generally, no ice axe or glacier travel precautions will be called for.

At the past, views open up over Milk Gl beyond. Ascent last 400' on ridge. Can be done easily at cl. 2, although might be more fun to scramble the crest at cl. 3.


Kenai MountainsMt. EklutnaTwins from the NorthwestSummit MonumentPeak 9510Hold On!(experimental)
The TrailheadOn the Path