Elizabethtinden (Nordre Jægervasstinden) (1235), Lyngen, Norway


Elizabethtinden as seen from Ullsfjorden.

Elizabethtinden (a.k.a. Nordre Jægervasstinden) was first climbed by Elizabeth Main (a.k.a. Mrs. Aubrey Le Blond) and the Swiss guides Emil and Josef Imboden on August 26th 1898.

"Imboden when out shooting had noticed a rather sharply pointed mountain near the beginning of the Strupen valley, and had kept it in mind as a suitable peak to ascend when the higher and harder ones would be unsafe. So, leaving that precious Dampschiff  at the end of the lake, we strolled over bilberry-clad slopes to the foot of a little glacier, at the head of which our mountain, with a hood and cape of fresh snow covering it to below the shoulders, coquettishly waved some delicate wreaths of mist between ourselves and her charming face.
We had seen from the beginning of the glacier a heap of stones at the bottom of the peak, and from this Imboden made sure that where the stones came down was a gully, and up that gully we could probably go. And go up it we did — somewhat hastily, it is true, to minimise the risk of our being swept down it by further stones. When near the ridge we entered the region of the new snow.  This did not bother us much, and the climbing was fairly easy, and by midday I was photographing on the summit, while Emil erected his stone man. Our point of view was grand, and as the weather was now fine and warm, we were able to enjoy it to the full. I ventured to call the little peak the Elizabethtind, finding no neighbouring glacier or valley after which to name it."

Mrs. Aubrey Le Blond: Mountaineering in The Land of The Midnight Sun (1908).


© Geir Jenssen 2009