Store Smørstabbtinden

  • Store Smørstabbtinden
  • 2208 m
  • Primary factor 198 m
  • Location: North 61:34.297, East 008:07.151 (GPS at the summit)
  • Sognefjellet, Oppland, Norway
  • Difficulty: YDS class 2+
  • Climbed: May 10, 2008


How to get there: This mountain is located on Sognefjellet. The very nice road (Hwy.55) connecting Luster (west) with Lom (east) normally opens late April or early May. Good starting points are the DNT hut Krossbu or the Sognefjellshytta located slightly further west. Driving time from Bergen is about 5 hours. Sognefjellshytta is located at N61:33.906, E007:59.877, elevation 1416 meter.
Route description: First, see the description of Storebjørn. Coming from Saksi, contour around on the west side, then easily gain the small col between Saksi and the insignificant point 2077 to the north. Ski east as you descend to the glacier directly north of Saksi. Keep your elevation as you now head slightly west of north with Kniven, then Store Smørstabbtinden on your left side. Gain the south end of the (1830 meter) saddle north of Store Smørstabbtinden. From here, proceed up the broad ridge to the summit. There is one slightly steeper section where the best route most likley is to traverse a bit to your right side.
Comments: I skied around Saksi and across to the north end of Store Smørstabbtinden. Hardly a single ski track could be seen and not a single skier. What a contrast to the opposite side of these mountains. As soon as I turned the corner and started ascending, all the people were back. However, I suspect that relatively few climb this peak together with, say Storebjørn. This is a rather long hill, almost 400 vertical meter coming towards the end of a great day. I was happy to reach the summit and again be able to enjoy the views. The time was now about 1500. From here, I had a good view directly to my previous three peaks plus the one I planned to visit on my way home; Kniven up close, then Saksi, followed by Storebjørn and Veslebjørn further right. Another fifteen minutes to enjoy and just look around on an absolutely brilliant landscape, then time for descent.
This was the fourth peak climbed on this near perfect day. I proceeded to climb Kniven.