Meraftestinden (1348 metres) Normal Route

Narvik

A moderate ski tour into the heart of Skjomen, with views to Frostisen.

Ski Touring Moderate

Distance
12 km
Ascent
1.3 km
Descent
1.3 km
Duration
6-7 hrs
Low Point
49 m
High Point
1.3 km
Gradient
34˚
Meraftestinden (1348 metres) Normal Route Map

The starting point for this trip is in Skjombotn, about 1 hrs drive from Narvik. In Skjombotn, follow a tractor road until it ends and park your car (there are several spots). Continue up a steep tractor track. As you cross the river, stay left (south) (do not follow the marks on the trees leading north-west) and continue up gentle slopes towards Vesterkarelva. The powerline is visible to your right. At about 600 metres the slope angle decreases as you enter the open area of Vesterkarelva, with the north face of Meraftestinden to your left. At around 780 metres, below the col, a short section reaches 35 degrees - be mindful about avalanche conditions. Work your way up the right side of the slope until you reach the col. From there head up the slopes on the backside of the ridge. Stay clear of the cornices on the left (north-west side) of the ridge, particularly near the summit! Descend the same route. Beware of holes in the snow near the river and the lower sections in the late season.

Description

An alternative descent option wraps around the south side of Meraftestinden. A steep alternative is the north face - finding the right entrance between the cornices is tricky and the route reaches 45 degrees. Note: There is cellphone reception on the ridge, but only there and only with Telenor.

Difficulty

Moderate

Slopes become slightly steeper at around 25-30 degrees.

Medium Exposure (E2)

2 out of 4

As well as the slope itself, there are some obstacles (such as rock outcrops) which could aggravate injury.

Remoteness

3 out of 4

Little chance of being seen or helped in case of an accident.

Best time to visit

February, March, April, May

Equipment required

  • Skins

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