You won't find MANY Norwegian hills, lower than 200m elevation, that has tinden (peak) in its name. One would expect that those which do, have one or more notable characteristics. Kverntinden certainly does, and one can mention the steep south face, but the hill may also be viwed as a reef on land.
From distance, Kverntinden doesn't seem easily reached, but you can reach the top without any difficulties, and the walk is short. The interesting part of this hill is the ridge crest route, where your head for heights will be put to a test. This route has also a couple of knife edge sections and one of these certainly makes the visit worth while.
If you want to reach the top on the easy route, just stay left of the ridge crest. There are some "interesting" humps on the northeast side of the ridge. These may require climbing. The whole ridge traverse will be described in further detail after the next visit.
Kverntinden (Norge 1:50,000: 183m, Økonomisk Kartverk: 183,26m, UTM 33 W 377315 7264611) has a primary factor of 110m, towards the higher parent Kjølsfjellet (356m). The saddle (approx. 33 W 378008 7265015) is found in Skomoskaret, between Guromannen and Kverntinden. Ref. Økonomisk Kartverk (5m contours), the saddle is within the range 70-75m, interpolated to 73m.
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The trails described below are not necessarily the *easiest* trails to this mountain.
RV17 - Kverntinden - ridge crest route (summer/autumn)
(All distances are approx.)
From Brønnøysund, follow RV17 eastbound to Skillvika. Continue 1,6Km in the direction of Vennesund. You'll have a turn-out on the left-hand side of the road. A road runs to the right 200m ahead. Consider parking along that road, because through its location, the turn-out is dangerous.
Head up to the antenna and continue towards the ridge. Note that the route described here is the ridge crest route. Stay left if you want the easy route.
Start off by crossing a gap to get onto the ridge. The first section of the hike has a couple of very narrow passages, and the "crux" (the hardest route) is found here. The ridge makes a sudden drop, and in order to get down in orderly fashion, you will have to climb along the ridge with your hands on top. You have ground below you as climb, but you will probably bump off the mountain if you lose your grip.
Then follows and easier section before the ridge narrows towards the top. Narrow means your boots will fit, but that's just about it. The summit is marked by a fallen trignometric marker.
Descend to the right of your ascent route, or explore the rest of the ridge.
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