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

Icelandic climber, hair wet from thick fog

Small crevasse on the climb

Sun dog rainbow in the fog

Traffic jam of Icelandic climbers

Long snowfield climb

Ice-ax-induced puncture

Approaching the summit

Glenn on top

Gear Junkie on top, jumping for joy

Coming off the summit ridge

Hike down and back to the trailhead

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Stephen Regenold is Founder and Editor-In-Chief of GearJunkie, which he launched as a nationally-syndicated newspaper column in 2002. As a journalist and writer, Regenold has covered the outdoors industry for nearly two decades, including as a correspondent for the New York Times. A father of four small kids, Regenold and his wife live in Minneapolis.


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