Summit in Iceland!

It took more than 2,000 meters of climbing — and about 25 kilometers of mountain distance traveled — but on Saturday, May 30, I made it to the high point in Iceland. No, this was not Eyjafjallajokull, the disruptive ash-spewing volcano near the country’s southern coast. But Hvannadalshnúkur, the island’s high point at 6,922 feet, was an exciting endeavor in itself. A full report is coming soon. For now, here are a few images from the climb. —Stephen Regenold

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Icelandic climber, hair wet from thick fog

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Small crevasse on the climb

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Sun dog rainbow in the fog

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Traffic jam of Icelandic climbers

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Long snowfield climb

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Ice-ax-induced puncture

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Approaching the summit

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Glenn on top

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Gear Junkie on top, jumping for joy

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Coming off the summit ridge

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Hike down and back to the trailhead

Posted by Martin Hülle - Blog - 05/31/2010 01:31 PM

Hello Stephen,
nice photos and first impression! Looking forward to your full report.
Regards, Martin
(with you up on the mountain … )

Posted by Leah - 06/01/2010 09:15 AM

great summit photo!

Posted by Leah - 06/01/2010 09:15 AM

great summit photo!

Posted by Hiking Lady - 06/01/2010 10:51 AM

Looks like a lot of fun!

Posted by ldysrvyr - 06/05/2010 05:43 PM

woo hoo…bought tix yesterday for iceland. mtn biking it…but now I want to do the mtn too…can’t wait for trip report. is it a day hike from camp??

Posted by Stephen Regenold - 06/05/2010 10:39 PM

12-hour roundtrip for my group. Trip report now up: http://gearjunkie.com/highpoint-climb-in-iceland

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