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Munkadveragil Gorge Rock Climbing 

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Location: 65.54079, -18.07737 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Mark Roth on Jun 25, 2010
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Iceland is centered right on the mid atlantic spreading center and is quite volcanically active. Most of the rock is therefore very young, pourous, and chossy. This crag is composed of a lava flow from about 2 million(?) years ago. There are about 25 bolted routes ranging from about 5.6 to 5.12d. I think there is a guide book, but it's in Icelandic. This is certainly no destination area, but if you find yourself here in the summer there are some short quality routes on solid basalt. The best part of summer here is that is never gets dark. We finished climbing around 11:30pm and made it back to town in time to watch the sunset/sunrise.

The difficulty of routes generally increases from left to right. None of the anchors are equiped for rappelling, but you can reach over the edge on the way out to recover your draws. There are even some bolts behind the lip to protect this act...

Getting There 

Less than 20 kilometers south from Akureyri on the east side of the fjord, the road passes over a bridge. There are routes on both sides of the canyon under the bridge, but most of the climbs are on the south facing side of the river. Park in the pull-off right before the bridge and follow a well worn trail west then south down into the canyon and then east along the base of the wall.

Climbing Season

For the Europe area.

Weather station 9.9 miles from here

5 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]

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WHO KNOWS? 1 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b  Europe : Iceland : Munkadveragil Gorge
Being one of the easier routes here, it is therefore one of the most popular. A good climb for either beginners or just a warm up. It has some extra bolts up top behind the lip to aid the squeamish in setting up a top rope. But there would be no reason not to lead it since it is so well bolted. The bottom of the corner is fun stemming past some suspect jugs to a small ledge. The upper half holds a harder than-it-looks crux.Doesn't really warrant 2 stars, but gets extra credit for the novelty...[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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