Meraftestinden (1348 metres) North Face

Narvik

A very steep line on a fantastic peak in the heart of Skjomen

Ski Touring Extreme

Distance
1.5 km
Ascent
0 m
Descent
700 m
Duration
0-1 hrs
Low Point
593 m
High Point
1.3 km
Gradient
53˚
Meraftestinden (1348 metres) North Face Map

From your car, head 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 power line 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! Descent: From the summit ski carefully down a few meters and look for a ramp that provides entry into the face between the cornices. Be really careful - triggering a cornice and falling here has serious consequences! The first turns on the face are above a cliff, ski towards the left here. Then follow first 50 degree then sustained 40-45 degree skiing straight down to Vesterkarelva. The best time for this is probably May/June - beware of the midnight sun. You want to ski this when it's in the sun, before midnight because once it's in the shade it can be very hard and icy. Use your own judgement. From Vesterkarelva ski back to to the parking the way you came up. Note: There is only cell phone reception on the ridge and only with Telenor provider.

Difficulty

Extreme

Extreme skiing terrain above 45 degrees. These routes are reserved for experienced experts.

High Exposure (E3)

3 out of 4

In case of a fall, death is highly likely.

Remoteness

4 out of 4

In the high mountains or remote conditions, all individuals must be completely autonomous in every situation.

Best time to visit

April, May, June

Features

  • Cliffs

Equipment required

  • Skins

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