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Went to Mulafjall on the 23rd. Couple of routes in Testofan and others on Kotlugrof. Not many lines in conditions and those with ice have a lot and big umbrellas.
Another party went far left (Hollow wall about)
Went to Bolaklettur today and climbed route C3. 5 pitches still skinny in the lower part but easy climbable. Descent from the gully on the right from the top.
We also took a drive through Hvalfjordur on the way back : Villingadalur looks good, Mulafjall still good as in the WE, First part of Brynjudalur is good as well ( Orion was looking done, but was a bit dark so might be wrong)
Went to Brynjudalur yesterday with Marco and Jose. We climbed C8 Med fjora tigu nauta, then a line in a gully on the left C7a, then we started the line C7.
Conditions start to be in, most of the line easier then WI4 are formed. Harder line need more time.
Went to Kjös yesterday with Andrea and Marco.
We climbed Icesave with snow conditions, no ice and then 2 possible new line in the canyon of Þverá next to the farm of Hækingsdalur.
We walked pass by Áslakur but it is open on the top with running water.
Conditions in the first part of Kjös looks still early season for harder then 4 and a bit snowy for easier.
Went to Tviburagill Monday and Wednesday, some routes are in good conditions (Olympiska, Verkalysfelagid) but the waterfall are not ready yet (also HFF and the other are missing ice to get out, non bolts).
I sent a project (N14 in the topos) “Sturm und drang” M7+/M8.
On Tuesday I went in Kjos for áslákur but looks still thin. we moved to Drauðsmannfoss that is climbable but still wet. we also climbed Dingulberi.
went to Mulafjall yesterday and we did a couple of route in Testofan that we consider safe for the conditions.
Överpið has the first bolt on a loose rock, I’m going to replace soon.
Mulakaffi, I left a maillot years ago on the belay, rusted in the time, maybe I’ll put a ring and we can more easily top rope.
on March 4th with Bjartur and Pete went to Mulafjall, climbed Risandi right branch and then Fjukandi. Conditions are top in Mulafjall.
on the 25th feb me and Maurizio Tasca climbed a line in Stigardalur (Oraefi) without topping out. We are not going to give a name because is not completed lacking ice but to the point we reached was a WI6 for us.
We know the line has been attempted from Palli before.
In the topos is the line marked “Unclimbed”
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on last Tuesday Me and Franco went in Mulafjall in the new “kaffistofan” sector and added 3 easy lines.
From the extreme right, the first 3 obvious lines:
-Latte macchiato WI2+ 40m
-Americano WI3 40m
-Corretto WI3+/M4 40m
The top belay is in the same spot with a providential rock (I’m mark it next time I go), nothing left.
Me and Franco are coming, 2 nights and soup
Me and Bergur went in Flugugill today and did a couple of routes. Conditions are good, a bit of cross to clean on easier parts but the rest ok. Bit of snow in gullies.
The lines are in green in the topos pics, and I would say WI3+/4 55m the left one and WI4+/5 40m the right.
Brynjudalur looks good, Esja as well. Snow on approaches to be evaluated (avalanches?) in Eilifsdalur and Hrutadalur.
Hi, yesterday with Asgeir Mar went to Mulafjall in a possibly new sector (not reported in the recent topos) west of Leikfangland. There is a parking spot just straight below.
We named it “Kaffistofan”. Approach is slightly shorter then Testofan, 30′.
On the left we climbed after a common pitch of 45m WI2:
– the obvious gully “Ekkert Te” WI3 40m
– The main line “Afmaelid kaka” WI4 30m
on the right:
– “Bara kaffi” WI4 30m
– “Ristretto” WI4/M5 45m
Potential for more lines.
Me Halli and Elizabet went to Mulafjall today. Conditions are good, quite a lot of ice (pabbaleid is a big icicle touching the ground). We climbed the gully WI2 left of Risandi (we saw a team climbing Risandi) and then to Testofan Overpid and Frumburdurinn.
Orion looks good, Buahamrar looks good as well.
I’m not experienced in crossing but here are my tips:
– i would rather have skis (slightly wider than cross-country one) more than walking just to make easier.
– Track is kind of ok, but of course depend how much you can do every day.I think in average you can do 25km, usually you need to sleep in the tent half way to huts.I know people take 9 days to get to Hella, maybe only 4 is a bit optimistic.
– I think after Hrauneyiar can be that the snow pack is little or not present, so carry sledge on half of the south coast can be really painful (i don’t know if that is in the project, or you drop them in Hella) unless you have wheels to put underneath.
I went to the west face of Kristinartindar today and climbed a new route on the right of Endurfundir, WI4 200m “Blunt spikes”. conditions are good in this place, hard snow on the approach in early morning.
with Agust went to Mulafjall. Good conditions all the lines are pretty much in, quite a bit of ice. We did 4 lines on the right of B1 Duma Amma, all about WI3.
Few days ago i did a drive in Hvalfjordur and Borgarnes, here is a quick report:
Brynjudalur: looks good, even Yringur is in but the first part, Orion was looking ok from far.
Eilifsdalur: all lines in conditions, maybe a bit of snow on the approach and on the easy one.
Hrutadalur: looks good, snow on the approach
Villingadalur: I saw picture from a week ago, lines in but maybe deep snow on approach
Bolakettur: something doable but dry conditions
Skardsheidi: in general looks ok but some lines are dry, may a bit of snow on approach
Grafarfoss: from far looks in conditions, maybe a bit thin and some water running
Tviburagill: from far looks in conditions, maybe a bit thin and some water running but both waterfalls are formed
Vesturbrunir: looks there is some ice, at least Vopnid kvold and welcome to iceland have some ice, easy lines should be doable.
Most of the north facing crags are good, south facing are dry and thin ice. Ground is not frozen that much.
last week i’ve been climbing with Franco the following routes.
-Glymur allur in Glymur, good conditions with first 2 pitches a bit wet
-Orion in Flugugill, good conditions, a lot of snow on the approach, cauliflower ice on the first pitch and good ice on second. V-thread at the end of ice without topping out because of inconsistent snow on the last slope.
-Lost and found in Grundarfjordur (next to Grundarfoss) more info soon (WI5-6ish)
-Þvergill in Myrarhyrna quite a bit of snow and crost on easy pitches. WI3 refer only to the technical grade, but a general grade would be harder because of the length and complexity of rappelling down. Don’t take it easy!
General conditions around RVK were pretty good as on the way north and in GRundarfjordur.
Conditions in the south are poor on low elevation.
Me and Franco, 2 naetur og kvoldmat a Laugardag
Me and Siggi Ymir went in Brynjudalur today and climbed a couple of pitches (C4 and B1). Ice is good and most of the line are formed. The road is impassable by the farm because of an hard pile of snow, so count 15min more on the approach. A bit of crost on the approach the closer to the cliff.
everything look pretty formed from Grafarfoss til Mulafjall (looks great) and over. A bit of snow on the easier routes but easy to spot (es: 55gradur in Buahamrar looks buried in snow). Orion is good, Eilifsdalur great, Yringur looks doable (a couple of parts in doubt), Snati and Nalaraugad are good.
Get the chances to go before the warm weather on monday til wednesday! 🙂 North exposed cliff are quite windy in these days.
Another party further in the cliff maybe in Þyrnigerðið sector.
went to Mulafjall yesterday to finish the bolting of “Bags and thoughts” M7-8ish (A8b) in the Lundi (A9) sector. I saw the track made leading to Testofan, someone has been there the day before.
Mulafjall looks pretty much in conditions but deep snow on approach (took me double the time to get to the top).
On Friday me and Bergur Ingi went to Kjos and climbed Spori. Deep snow on the approach. the line is ok but 2 holes are making it bit trickier, is hollow on the top part. we didn’t find the anchor on the top and we walked down from the left.
I’m not the most expert in ski crossing but maybe I can help you a bit.
Here you can have an idea how the thing are done by professional:
1) Where we can rent the equipment like tent, pulka, gps phone, etc?
check on google or to Mountainguides.is asking for Hlynur.
2) Where we can finish? Hella or Grafarkirkja
Look that the winter is late this year and pretty unpredictable, we lack snow. On the newspaper today there is a pics of a place in the Highlands (kerlingafjoll) without snow. I personally think that if you can reach Hrauneyar on the way to Hella you can be pretty happy, southern than that is a lottery. If you refer as Grafarkirkja on the way to Kirkjubaerklaustur I think the crossing gets way harder and longer but probably still doable.
3) How was the weater in February-March
I think March better than Feb, longer daylights and bit more stable weather. April can be late and lack of snow. They say that if there is no snow for Christmas, snow will come for Easter. Maybe conditions will get better.
4) There are any huts on the way?
Few, Nyidalur and Laugafell. Check how to get access.
ww.fi.is and http://www.ffa.is
5) What do you think about the equipment, cross-country skiing or traverse skiing.
Check the pictures in link
6) We think to spend about 15 days, it is enough?
The crossing is doable in 10, you can add as many as you like doing variations, and also be ready for a couple of stormy day.
Enjoy and have fun,
Me and Rory went to Mulafjall today. No ice conditions, we didn’t see any ice from RVK till Villingadalur then we drove back to Mulafjall.
We gave a try to the recently bolted route “Mind power” M7ish in Leikfangaland, almost sent, 1 rest on the crux…need to train more!
I lost my Grivel crampons bag in the gully, please return if you find it.
Me and Mike Reid went on Thorisjokull today, conditions were poor Birkitred is not formed and we found another line more right. We did a couple of pitches WI4/4+ 80m, with cornice crossing include. Ice wasn’t great, a bit of snow on top, hard to put gear. We lower from a gully right of the line.
Yesterday me and Jonni went in Blaskeggsa (Thyrill) and climbed 2 routes, one on the left (WI3/3+ 70m) and one on the right (WI3+/4 110m) of the valley. We don’t have many info about this valley, hopefully will improve the topos.
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went in Mulafjall today to bolt a couple of routes. The first one in Leikfangaland, “Mind power” M7ish 14 bolts on the left of D7 Dotadagur.
The second not finished yet in in Testofan is C12 “Bestur vetur”.
I saw 3 major rockfall happened during summertime, one on the right of Pabbaleid, one at the start of C8 Keisarinn and the last one on the right of D4 Fengitiminn in Leikfangaland: be careful on climbing close by!
Ice is getting better even if some umbrella grew in this windy day, some cleaning needed in the climbing.