Presten - The West Pillar

One of the best 5.10's in the world?
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One of the best 5.10's in the world?

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.


You will meet the guide in our office in the morning for a coffee and a talk before we drive (20min) to the parking. The approach is 10 min hike from the parking.

The climb is 12 pitches up to grade 6/5.10/6a+ with excellent climbing. The descent are a 1 hour hike down to the road.

Skill Level & Difficulty:
If you have any questions about our skill levels, terrains or commitments, please feel to reach out. We can tailor our tours to suit almost any experience or skill level.

What's included:

- All technical climbing equipment including helmet, harness and climbing shoes

- Guide fee

- Travel cost for the guide

What's not included:

- Personal clothing and boots

- Food and drinks

- Travel insurance

- Transport


  • Private guiding with an IFMGA Guide or IFMGA aspirant
  • Experience level: Intermediate to advanced
  • Fitness level: Good to very good
  • Duration: 6-8 hours


1 pers:  6000 NOK pr person

2 pers:  7000 NOK pr person

Maximum 2 guest pr guide.

Please contact us for booking here.

Booking & Live Availability

Choose your available arrival dates marked in green in the calendar below.

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Please contact us here for a tailor-made experience in Lofoten.
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Questions for our local team?
We'll be happy to help you!

Email or +47 76 08 83 10

Seth Hobby

IFMGA Guide & Owner

Sjur Hauge

IFMGA & Lead Guide

Stian Bruvoll


Have questions?

Below we have listed some general FAQs about our experiences. If you have any question or queries, please feel free to get in touch here.

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