The most popular route on Hægefjell, and one of the best introductions to multi-pitch climbing in Europe. Plenty of protection, good rock and easy climbing mean that this incredible route gets lots of ascents during the season and must be Norway's most popular multi-pitch route. There is no fixed gear on the route (except for stuck gear). Bring a full rack and big gear will come in very handy.Approach - From the campground/parking area follow a well-worn path rightwards along the base of the mountain gradually rising, passing some very good boulders. Then follow the path that leads along the start of the slabs to a ledge. Note: You can add two easy pitches to the start of the route by walking lower and further in the forest. Locate the crack system of Via Lara from the very bottom of the slabs.1) 50m. From the ledge at the end of the path, climb diagonally along some flakes towards the main crack system. Belay on a ledge when you reach the crack system.2) 50m. Continue up the unmistakable crack to another ledge.3) N3, 50m. This pitch gradually steepens, but holds and protection are plentiful. Belay on very nice ledge4) N3+, 50m. Continue up the crack in the steepest part of the route. This is the crux pitch of the route. Belay on narrow ledge where the angle starts to ease off.5) N3+, 50m. A surprise pitch as this one is trickier than you might expect. A little bulge is negotiated, but as always with this route it is well protected.6) 50m. Continue up lower-angled terrain to a belay either at a flake on the left, or on top of a block on the right.7) 25m. Continue up above the block to the top. 25m worth of climbing, but you will need to walk some metres to find suitable cracks for the belay.Descent - Either abseil down one of the adjacent routes (tricky to locate from above and you will need 60m double ropes for this) or walk off. If you walk off, continue up slabs to the very top and, from the top of the mountain, follow the ridge west (plenty of cairns) and pass one steep section before you head down a slab into a gully that cuts across your path. Turn right and descend more steeply, down a very well-worn path through the woods. This path joins a blue-marked path that leads down to the road beneath Hægefjell. Follow the road back to the camp. The descent takes approximately 1.5 hours. © Rockfax
UKC Logbook Description
The long, easy angled crack climb on the east side of the crag. Polpular, including with climbing courses.
Grad 3+ in the Rockfax guide, UIAA 4 in the Gå Telemark guide, and n4+ in the online guide.
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