/ Snohetta traverse?
Has anybody done it? It's a traverse of this ridge http://www.westcoastpeaks.com/Peaks/snohetta.html
The guide does make some sense but mentions grade 4 climbing, is this UIAA, Sport, American etc?
It will almost certainly be a Norwegian grades. Grading in Norway is always a bit of a lottery, but you can think 4 as being british S / VS, 4b. I haven't been to Snohetta, but this is from my general experince of climbing in Norwegian mountains.
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looks harder than VS near the top. Maybe you traverse right into that kind of groove. Who knows. I just want to know if its somthing I can get up after I've pulled the ropes down. Maybe I should leave a rope in place until Ive had a good look at it.
DNT suggest -4. They suggest the climbing is not so difficult.
It should be noted this is within high mountains where winter conditions can occur during the summer months.
Thanks, I found a video of it on youtube as well which makes it look like a S/HS so it will probably be fine. How do you get weather forcasts out there? I think I'll walk to the start and bivvy the night before. If its in July does that mean getting benighted doesnt matter as it wont really get dark?
Some more for you, loads of good pictures!
I've just got back from trying the traverse. We left Friday night from Kongsvoll(886m) and walked to Reinheim cabin(1341m). The walking is easy, guide says between 3-5hrs. Watch out for Musk Ox, we got too close due to low light and got charged by a big bull and its a scary experience. We bivvied 300m from the cabin and started out at 07:30 Saturday morning in great weather. Guide book suggests 2-4 to the main summit of Sn°hetta(2286m. There was alot of snow on the way up and the wind picked up as neared the topp. The route was caked in snow and there was a storm on the summit. We met a Norwegian climbing and a French team that were bailing due to weather. We walked to Midttoppen(2278m) but realised it was too sketchy and bailed too.
I suggest going from Sn°heimen cabin as its a shorter approach. There is a bus which takes tourist from the main road along the dirt track to the cabin. From here you can chose to either start the traverse from the main summit or in reverse from Vesttoppen(The west top)to the Main summit.
I did a solo fast and light trip from Kongvoll to the summit in 5hrs. So if you are in good shape and start from Sn°heimen cabin, i reckon it could be a 5-8hr round trip.
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