Geargečorru

A fine little tour in the vicinity of Riksgränsen

Ski Touring Moderate

Distance
9.8 km
Ascent
856 m
Descent
856 m
Duration
4-5 hrs
Low Point
458 m
High Point
1.3 km
Gradient
32˚
Geargečorru Map

This area of Sweden has a quite different snow climate then Norwegian peaks near the coast. Rain in Narvik may mean snow here. Also the scenery is different, with a true Arctic feeling.

Description

Geargečorru is an easy-moderate tour, well-suited for less experienced ski tourers. The peak is a little less known than its neighbouring peak, with good ski lines on east-northeast facing slopes, expositions that are quite favorable for good snow. Skiers of all levels will find a route for them here, with the easiest options described here.

Access to the trail head is via car, or alternatively by bus or train - the station is Låktatjåkka.

The route initially goes through a forest, staying lookers right of the stream Loktajohka. Then follow a snow scooter route for a bit, before branching off to the right (west) to ascend a gentle gully leading up the east aspect of Geargečorru. Higher up the terrain gets a bit steeper, especially looker's left - stay more to the looker's right to ascend a low-angle slop leading to a quite flat plateau.

Walk as far as you think reasonable - there is not much skiing to be gained from walking further than where the described route ends - except if you want to access some of the steeper slopes than stretch along the mountains east face. For the descent, either: a) follow the same route you came up; b) take a variation that leads down a steeper pitch (shown in route drawing); c) ski down one of the steeper slopes on the east face.

These routes are not shown here, but are quite obvious. They require more solid skiing, route finding, and snow/avalanche assessment skills. There is also a cliff-band at the bottom, requiring cautious route-finding and a good look on the way up.

Difficulty

Moderate

Slopes become slightly steeper at around 25-30 degrees.

Low Exposure (E1)

1 out of 4

Exposure is limited to that of the slope itself. Getting hurt is still likely if the slope is steep and/or the snow is hard.

Remoteness

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

January, February, March, April

Features

  • Single Descent

Equipment required

  • Skins