Hiking 5.5 - 6.5 h 4 km
Store Austabotntind is a majestic mountain, standing quite alone from the rest of the Hurrungane massive. Its airy and exposed ridges, guarded by four glaciers that are eating away at it sides makes for a spectacular alpine peak. It’s not a technical climb, even thought appearances might suggest differently, however a rope is advisable on the more exposed sections and the final spectacular summit block!
From the road to the first top on the ridge at 2020m the tour is over a broad stoney landscape, with occasional areas of scrambling. To reach the west top a notch formed by a steep gully needs to be crossed. This gully that falls steeply to Berdals glacier has become quite a classic ski descent for the very experienced. Crossing this gully can be a little tricky with the key in finding a steep gully on the south side before you can climb back out of the notch and continue to the west top. From this airy perch the rest of the climb is in full view, and it’s stunning and at times little daunting. After a short down climb, with the occasional tricky sections a traverse along the spectacular and expose ridge ensues. This is followed easily, with one excursion to the east side to avoid a difficult section before reaching a slab that is ascended to the point where the south and east ridge meet. This slab, often covered in snow in early season is climbed for two rope lengths to the ridge. From here you follow the spectacular exposed ridge to the final summit block. The block is negotiated and the airy summit is reached.
Return by the same route, with down climbing or rappel down the slab.