Climbing in the Danish Alps

—Previously published then removed to its own site. Now it’s back, enjoy!

A lifelong dream is about to come true, a trail is planned to be constructed, traversing the entire length of the Danish Alps, as they wind their way from the German Border, ending just short of the beaches of Skagen in the North.

This rugged backbone has hindered generations of climbers with its lofty spires, treacherous glaciers, and oft occurring avalanches. An initiative has brought together the necessary funding necessary to construct this trail, calling on both Business Denmark, as well as the Common Man to help out.

I have had the wish for many years now to climb this geographic division, which divides the West Coast from the East. Dialects are spoken on each side of this mighty range, with each group not being able to understand the other. Wars were fought over the right to call it one’s own, but even though one side claimed victory, there was still no conquering the pinnacles and the spires of the uppermost crest of the range.

On many occasions the actual summits of this range are shrouded in clouds, showing just how difficult it will be when the trail is finally constructed.

I have attempted, at one time, to ascend the mighty Sky Mountain, by the Ejer Bavnehøj glacial route, but was beaten back by numerous rockfalls, snow avalanches, and loss of vision due to the biting cold. I chided myself for not hiring the necessary Swedish Sherpas, which are regarded as the best support group in the whole of Scandinavia, but I thought I could traverse the knife-edge on my own. The maps of the area were sketchy at best, with the cross-country trails disappearing into the unfinished parts of the map.

The highest point is estimated to be over 5000 meters, but due to recent tectonic activity, this figure is left to speculation. It’s never easy dealing with the Danish Tectonic Plate and subsequent Subduction Zone, which has baffled Scientists for years with its rapid movement. Maps are constantly under review due to the changing altitudes, made worse by the enormous quantities of iron in the core of the Subduction Zone, which renders all GPS devices useless.

Local officials, however, are excited at the find of the newest mineral, “Dantite” and will be discussing the uses of it for years to come. No one in their wildest dreams expected such an item to be found, and it most surely will win the Danish Discoverer of this mineral, Knud Olaf Jensen, to be the next recipient of next year’s Noble Science Prize.

Here is a rare photo taken in the early days of photography of the Danish Alps:

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It was a photo like this one, which first whet my appetite for this forbidden range.

Remember, when exploring the Danish Alps to use the common greeting, “Aw for katten, det gjorde ondt”, showing how much local knowledge you actually possess, when exploring this exciting natural area in the North of Europe.