Galdhøpiggen Climber's Log

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rgg

rgg - Aug 15, 2018 7:04 am Date Climbed: Aug 12, 2018

Less than 24 hours after arriving in Norway  Sucess!

Only the day before did I fly from northern Sweden to southern Norway, and thanks to a most conveniently scheduled bus connection I wasted no time to get to Jotunheimen. After a spell of rain (and snow high up in the mountains) this was the first day of a good weather period, and I made the most of it by traversing Galdhøpiggen. I made my way up from Juvashutte, then descended to Spiterstulen.

Scott

Scott - Aug 8, 2018 8:17 am Date Climbed: Jul 1, 2018

Galdhopiggen  Sucess!

Today my dad and I climbed Galdhopiggen from Juvashytta. We took this route since the guidebook said that it was more pleasant and scenic. From Lom, we rode the bus to the trailhead and since we didn't carry crevasse rescue gear on this trip, signed up at the lodge to join a group to cross the glacier. Safety wise, this was a wise move as the Styggebrean Glacier does indeed have hidden crevasses, but since it was on a weekend and since the weather was completely clear, it was crowded!

Once we were off the glacier, we unroped and scrambled to the summit. The views were really spectacular and we couldn't ask for a better day. It actually felt hot at 2469 meters/8100 feet in Norway!
After enjoying the summit, we climbed back down to the glacier and joined a roped team. One girl, maybe 10 years old or so was afraid to jump the crevasses and wanted us to stop. Because it was so hot, we actually had to wade through knee deep water and slush on the glacier so everyone got very wet!

It was a great climb and after completing the climb we rode the bus back to our campground at Lom.

ChristianRodriguez

ChristianRodriguez - Jun 10, 2017 12:46 pm Date Climbed: Jun 3, 2017

Blind climbers  Sucess!

From Juvashytta to the summit through the Styggebraen route. We're part of a proyect with blind mountainners, 22 alpinist, 5 of them totally blind. We all succesfully climb it to the top. 11 hours rounded route.

summit-newbie - Jul 27, 2016 6:55 am Date Climbed: Jul 12, 2016

Via Stygebreen glacier to Spiterstulen  Sucess!

We started from Juvashytta up to the summit via the glacier, down to Spiterstulen.
Beautiful, a bit too cloudy that day though.

Holsti97

Holsti97 - Jul 17, 2016 9:47 pm Date Climbed: Jul 6, 2016

From Spiterstulen  Sucess!

Enjoyable and challenging climb with my niece Megan. Perfect weather with good visibility. Beautiful views.

thomasalbrechtsen

thomasalbrechtsen - Dec 29, 2015 7:02 am Date Climbed: Aug 29, 2014

Lovely hike to the roof of Scandinavia  Sucess!

Great day hike, summiting 3 peaks. Very rewarding views. From Spiterstulen.

bruno baschung

bruno baschung - Jul 19, 2014 3:11 am Date Climbed: Jul 7, 2014

north route  Sucess!

A nice climb though with very windy conditions and clouds, plus some rain, we appreciated to spend some time in the refuge on the top!

Using a rope on the glacier is of course mandatory, some crevasses.

Bruno baschung

gbrill

gbrill - Jul 17, 2014 10:05 pm Date Climbed: Jul 10, 2014

Quick Hike  Sucess!

Nice hike with a lot of people. We were glad to still have some snowfields on the way up. Took us about 2.5 hours to summit.

Gangolf Haub

Gangolf Haub - Feb 22, 2014 4:59 am

Snow and fog in August

Attempted the normal route but due to the fog and snow conditions turned around about 200m shy of the summit

RubenR - Jan 22, 2014 2:53 pm Date Climbed: Aug 18, 2013

From Spiterstulen August 2013  Sucess!

Climbed this high point with a group of friends on August 18, 2013. Low visibility (50M) restricted view above 2,000M (seems to be common). However, the views on the glacier to be crossed from the Juvashytte route were spectacular when visibility cleared for short moments. The low visibility didn't seem to stop many people from climbing Galdhoppigen though.

The Spiterstulen route requires no technical equipment or skills. However, be aware that the rocks near the top can be very slippery. A good sole is a must (I used worn-out shoes, which was a little problematic due to lack of grip and water resistance). The climb itself is relatively constant, but remember that the galdhoppigen has a small structure on top (we thought we reached the top initially, but it appeared to be the Keilhaus topp).

bobbyfm

bobbyfm - Aug 27, 2013 10:03 am Date Climbed: Apr 22, 2013

Spiterstulen

Tried to climb Galdhpiggen from Spiterstulen but I didn't have luck with the weather and due to thick fog and strong wind I lost the path and after a short wandering around decided to go back to the refuge. Hope to have a better luck next time.

JuhoK

JuhoK - May 31, 2013 5:06 am Date Climbed: May 26, 2013

SW ridge, traversing Ymmelstinden and Storjuvtinden  Sucess!

Early summer season climb! Approached through Svellnosbrean glacier and put tents up just under the ridge. Nice ridge climbing requires some rappels and III+ rock climbing sections. But nothing too difficult. One of the best routes up to the highest mountain in Northern Europe.

bergbacke

bergbacke - Nov 24, 2012 11:25 am Date Climbed: Oct 6, 2012

From Spiterstulen  Sucess!

Cold, sunny and beautiful hike.

Metalliwelch

Metalliwelch - Sep 18, 2012 5:52 pm

Day to remember  Sucess!

No real experience required. It is a long plod with an easy scramble. Fitness, warm clothes, and food are the only things you need in summer. It is SO worth it, breathtaking views of gigantic glaciers, distant mountains all from the highest mountain in Scandinavia :) Began in sunny conditions, but summitted in a blizzard as weather changed, adding to the thrill. Jogged down the mountain to Spiterstulen for 9pm (late start I know), relaxed with a glass of wine and cards in the log cabin by a fire. What could be more perfect? 10/10.

salodanger

salodanger - May 5, 2012 6:15 am

Galdhopiggenx2  Sucess!

1st time from Spiterstulen, 2nd time via Styggebreen the following year.

Kicki

Kicki - Oct 9, 2011 4:38 pm Date Climbed: Jul 21, 2011

From Spiterstulen  Sucess!

It was suppose to rain so we hurried up the mountain and reached the summit in 3,5 hour. Our reward was a 360 degree panorama view! Lovely! But later when we got back to Spiterstulen it started to rain...and it never stopped, so we went home to Sweden.

andre hangaard

andre hangaard - Aug 15, 2011 5:28 pm Date Climbed: Aug 2, 2011

Traverse  Sucess!

Me and my girlfriend Åsa climbed Galdhøpiggen from the Jyvvas hytta across the Styggebraen-glacier. Our descent was via the Spiterstulen-route. We were the first party on the glacier at around 08:00 hrs. Later during the day huge parties of 30-40 people crossed the Styggebraen. (Guided groups from Jyvvas hytta). No early alpine starts over here....

Frostvin

Frostvin - Aug 14, 2011 6:46 am Date Climbed: Jul 22, 2009

Spiterstulen route.  Sucess!

A sunny walk to the top of Norway.

Tomek Lodowy

Tomek Lodowy - Aug 12, 2010 8:14 am Date Climbed: Aug 5, 2010

From Spiterstulen  Sucess!

Great hike with some very impressive views of those vast glaciers all around there.

Jukka Ahonen

Jukka Ahonen - Jul 24, 2010 4:42 am Date Climbed: Jul 11, 2010

Route climbed: from Spiterstulen in changing weather  Sucess!

A nice climb from Spiterstulen. We started the day around 7 AM in nice, sunny weather, which unfortunately went from bad to worse on the way up. By the time we reached the top, we had strong winds, the rain was a mix of water and sleet, and it was hard to stand up. The weather continued to get worse when we descended from the mountain, and a lot of groups decided to turn back, so we had made it just in-time.

According to discussion inside the summit hut, the previous night had been the prettiest on the mountain that whole year - just our luck!

The climb took us around 7 hours, including some rest at the summit hut.

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