Presten – The West Pillar, 12 pitches

Presten “The Priest” is a 500m pillar of beautiful granite straight up from the ocean.  The most famous and sought after route in Lofoten, and likely one of the best long free climbs you will ever do.  A short approach, pitch after pitch of fun and varied climbing, all on a clean granite wall rising above the emerald waters of the Norwegian Sea.

Presten is a few minutes down the road from Henningsvær, a classic little fishing village taken over by outdoor enthusiast in the summer months. The West Pillar is a 12 pitch route and has fantastic rock climbing up to US 5.10/ NO 6/ FR 6a+. A must do climb if you have the skill while in Lofoten.

Join one of our mountain guides on this trip and you will climb the West Pillar in good style and surely add a new favorite climb to your list!  It is common to climb a day or two with your guide to warm up before climbing on The Priest.  Contact us for more information.   

Is this trip for me?

Practical information:


We meet in the morning and climb in the sun all day.  Starting time is dependent on weather, conditions, time of year, and number of climbers in the group.  We average 7 – 10 hrs total time including descent.


Dates: June – September.
Trip Length: 1 day long.
We recommend at least a day of climbing with your guide to warm up.

Skill Level

Comfortable following Norwegian Grade 6.


We supply the Ropes, Rock Rack, and all technical equipment.  Climbers will need to have rock shoes, harness, and helmet (rentals available).  You will carry your own small back pack on this route with clothes, water, food, and light shoes for the descent… We supply the rest.


Price: Ratio – Climber : Guide = Price per person per day.

1:1 = 5000 NOK

2:1 = 2600 NOK

Guiding Ratio: 2 climbers:1 guide is our maximum ratio


Included in Price:
– all guide and technical equipment.

Not Included in Price:
– personal climbing equipment and clothing/rental
– transportation
– travel insurance

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