Saturday, August 6th
57 km - 4800 m vertical
Hamperokken Skyrace has a technical course that links the summits of Tromsdalstind (1238 m) and Hamperokken (1404 meters). The race is part of the Skyrunner® World Series, and has everything Skyrunning can offer with a mixture of technical terrain and trails, an impressive amount of vertical, and steep, technical descents.
3 hours at the summit of Tromsdalstind
5 hours at the aid station at Breivikeidet
6 hours to the check-point at the start of the Hamperokken ridge
8 hours to the aid station at Breivikeidet on the way back.
Racers who do not make the first cut-off on Tromsdalstind will continue on the Tromsdalstind Skyrace course back to the finish.
There will be transportation available from Breivikeidet to Tromsø for racers that do not make the cut-offs there.
Expected finishing time is within 13 hours.
There will be no food/water available at the Fjellheisen at the start of the race, but there will be some fruit and bars available the second time you pass the Fjellheisen.
Breivikeidet aid station will be a “drop-point”. This means that you will turn in a bag at the start of the race that will be transported to Breivikeidet. You will be able to pack your own personally desired food/drink or other gear that can be accessed when passing Breivikeidet. There will be some food from the organizer here. There is water at river crossings shortly before and after the aid station.
The drop-bag can also be used to send any extra clothing that may be useful if you should not reach a cut-off time at Breivikeidet. We will assist with transportation back to The Edge, but there can be some waiting time.
DESCRIPTION OF THE SUMMITS
Tromsdalstinden: 1238m Sálašoaivi or Sálaščohkka, is an iconic summit visible from Tromsø. The views from the summit, with Tromsø city and the fjords on the north and Hamperokken and Lyngen on the south made this mountain one of the most gorgeous landscapes of the area.
Hamperokken: 1404m Gáranasčohkka, is the highest mountain peak on the mainland peninsula west of the Ullsfjorden. The mountain has an iconic long ridge culminated by a thin characteristic aiguille. Being on the center of Ullsfjorden, the views of Lyngen on the east and all the Tromsø mountains around gives us a big wilderness feeling.
DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE COURSE:
The race starts and finishes by the sea in Tromsø’s city center at Clarion Hotel The Edge. The first 3km follows the streets and over the bridge to the mainland. By the edge of the city, the first climb starts on a good trail that brings you up to the Fjellheisen (cable car) at 420 m.a.s.. Now above the tree line, terrain is mainly meadows patched with rocky areas. The next 8km are easy to run, very enjoyable, ups and downs (between 400 and 750hm) along smooth contour. You will pass the summit of Bønntuva, where the Bønntuva Skyrace turns around. In the next valley there is a small river crossing by the lake. This is the last place to fill water before arriving on the other side of Tromsdalstind. It is highly recommended to fill water bottles here! There will be path most of the time on this section, but be aware of the flags as the trails disappear in some areas. At the start of the final climb to the summit of Tromsdalstind, the trail becomes steeper and rockier, with some loose, uneven terrain. You will follow the ridge to the summit of Tromsdalstind (1238h m.a.s.). On a clear day you will have an amazing overview of the whole race from the summit of Tromsdalstinden, specially of the imposing Hamperokken (your next goal for the day) right to the southeast.
The first part of the downhill from Tromsdalstind is steep and there are a lot of loose rocks and mud. This is one of the places where you should prioritize safety over speed. After the first 200-300 meters of vertical, the downhill becomes a pleasant, nice grade with friendly ground and some river crossings. At tree line the trail then descends steeply, and it can be muddy and slippery here. Down in the valley, the track is completely flat for a whole kilometer until the aid station by the road crossing. Once you have refilled, it’s time to start your way up to Hamperokken. You will cross a river before the ascent starts, and this is the last water before you come down from the summit. The trail up to the ridge is well used and easy to follow up, but keep in mind, there is a 1000 meter ascent here! The ridge starts from the summit of “Middagsaksla”. Hamperokken’s ridge can feel exposed in many places, but the rock is actually quite firm and the marked-trail will be wide enough for the runners to move safely. You will need to use your hands to scramble some areas, specially the last pitch before the summit (some fixed ropes will be set). By following the flags and keeping yourself aware, reaching the summit will not present any problems. If you have experience and feel comfortable in this kind of terrain, it will be an astonishing experience. The first part of the descent is down a steep slope with lots of loose stones in the top 200m. The terrain then turns into a large talus field that you will navigate along the lake and down to almost tree line. Just below tree line, you will join the same trail you ascended earlier and follow this to the aid station. After refueling, you will continue on across the valley and up to the summit of Tromdsalstind via the same route you descended earlier.
The descent from Tromsdalstind back towards the city follows the popular hiking trail, but it is still steep and rocky. At the base of the steep, rocky ridge, you make a sharp left turn onto a beautiful plateau. Here you are treated to soft terrain and some easy going before descending to the valley. After joining a dirt road down for a few hundred meters, you will then take a sharp right turn and start the last ascent up to the Fjellheisen (cable car) again. It might not look impressive at first, but the steady uphill that you will need to deal with for the next 4km can be grueling. It’s a wide path and it never gets steep, but rolls up and down, gradually gaining elevation. Once you are on the top of the cable car you will find the last aid station. Here the bendy, fun track will lower you back to town. Then you only have to cross the bridge and follow the streets and wharf along the city center to get to the finish line at The Edge.