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Kirkjufell failed attempt

Kirkjufell failed attempt

Postby litljortindan » Sun Nov 10, 2013 10:06 pm

Date walked: 27/08/2012

Time taken: 2.5

Distance: 3 km

Ascent: 300m

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The second day of my four day trip to Iceland. I'd noticed this hill in my researches of the little information available on the web but hadn't realised that people have fallen off! Seems most people hire a local guide to get to the top. I think if I'd had more patience or bravery or realisation that there was a walking/scrambling route up via a fixed rope I might have made more progress but in fact I think if I returned I would also hire a guide as the route was anything but obvious. The area I'd considered continuing up was very steep and didn't look reversible for me so can't have been the normal route. All that aside, even getting two thirds of the way up was enjoyable with fine views east, south and west plus the bonus of the nearby Kirkjufall falls to visit nearby.

looks challenging seen in profile from the south

sunrise colours on the east face

someone saying hello

view from the shore

looking east

moving on to trickier ground

top of gully that bridges gap between two of the horizontal rock bands

looking east from top of gully

looking west

and looking east again

a bit of warm sun

looking west again

another looking west

the beautiful Kirkjufell falls

reached the middle of the right skyline
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