Camped in Spiterstulen where there was fresh snowfall overnight . Straightforward route up, although a long day. No crampons or ice axe necessary due to relatively mild gradient, soft snow and no ice . No views due to cloud but still an exceptional climb!
Followed a party through the ice at Svellnosbreen, but summitted in dense fog. Saw nothing. Slided down to Spiterstulen on the butt, which was great fun. I was a beginner at this time.
I was quite experienced when I attempted a solo winter ski ascent in February 2002, all the way from Galdebygda at 900 masl. I got hit by the worst low pressure ridge to have hit southern Norway in 95 years. It was not forecasted. I aborted the attempt and dug down into a snow-cave at about 1550 masl, which I felt good about. I guess the winds at that time was about 20 m/s, and it was getting dark. The snow penetrated everything in a way I have seen before or after. It even penetrated the solid Scarpa T-3 plastic boots I was wearing. However, the worst was yet to come, allthough I was asleep when it hit. I woke in the middle of the night, and noticed the cave opening was filled with 1.5 meters of snow. I decided to get out, and found that it had forunately cleared up. I evacuated down with no problems. But I learnt a lot that day....
This is my first "real" mountain which I have summit.
Easy mountain, good views, really nice! You can see dozens of miles far!
We walked the normal route on a beatifull day. Not only the vieuws are absolutely beautifull but the girls also! Love you Norway!
nice walk from spiterstulen, you have to ascend about 1200 m, easy walk, and nice views. still pretty much snow, and very busy on the summit.
I climbed Galdhopigen in summer. From Spiterstulen it's a wonderful experience. You don't need any special equipment: you can find snow in some places, but the ice-axe and crampons are not necesary. There are a lot of rocks and the way is not very clear (you can follow the "T" in red marked in the rocks), but be careful in wet weather or if the fog falls.
If you decide to climb from the Juvashyta hut you need special equipment (ice-axe, crampons, rope...) because there is a glacier with some crevices.
In the top you will find a little hut when you can drink a cup of coffee or tea.