KAMBHORN - BOREAL
An amazing day of rock climbing in the beautiful Vestrahorn massif. Good physical fitness required and rock climbing experience recommended.
8-12 hours active.
Maximum guide to client ratio: 1:2.
Price: 150.000 ISK.
May - August
Maximum guide to client ratio 1:2.
The mountains of Vestrahorn have been photographers' delight for years, but there is also a long history of rock climbing there. The range features gabbro, an intrusive igneous rock type, related to basalt but looks and feels more like granite. The oldest climbing routes in Vestrahorn were climbed in the late 70's, but the area didn't increase in popularity until recently. The oldes climbing route up Kambhorn (758m), the highest summit in the range was climbed in 1981. Boreal takes a direct line up the west face of Kambhorn, a closely follows the original line. The route was bolted by Snævarr Guðmundsson and Guðjón Snær Steindórsson and they made the first ascent in 2013.
The approach to the climb goes up steep grass and scree slopes and takes around an hour and a half. The route is divided into 11 bolted sections (pithces), and an unbolted scramble to the true summit, all in all just over 500m of climbing. The route is graded 5.7, a relatively easy climb, doable for most physically fit people, though some rock climbing experience is highly recommended. The climb itself takes between 6-10 hours.
This climb is only available from May to September, and only during windows of good weather. The route must be dry in order to be climbable and it can take a full day to dry properly after a rainy day.
Bookings should be a minimum of one weeks in advance. For this tour it is best if you have a flexible schedule, should the climb need to be pushed or delayed by a day.
Personal equipment required
Outdoor clothing suitable for variable weather and temperatures.
Hikingboots or approach shoes for the approach.
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A backpack for your personal belongings and technical gear.
Water bottles, minimum 2L.
Lunch and snacks for the day.