Ridge traverse on the northern most peak of Lyngen - descend the west facing couloirs

Statistics

5 - 6

hrs

1,035

m

1,032

m

50

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Difficulty

FATMAP difficulty grade

Severe

Description

Starts as an easy ski tour to the top of Russelvfjellet in the northernmost area of the Lyngen peninsula.

The uphill track to the ridge is an easy-to-follow track that starts out along a dirt road.

Once on the top of Russelvfjellet, the conditions can turn quite icy as this ridge is exposed to a lot of wind.

We used crampons and ice axe along the traverse and needed to set up our own rappel (~15m) to get down to the couloir.

When the snow conditions are more favorable the route could be completed starting from the North via moderate scrambling without the need for a rope and rappel.

There are a number of different west-facing couloirs one can choose to ski down, this one required some technical ski manoeuvring towards the bottom as there was a small cliff at the exit due to a low snowpack.

If the couloirs do not look safe then continue along the ridge and ski down the northeast facing slope and return to the road.