Norway 2012

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

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After getting out ice climbing in the Rockies about 9 times this year I took a brief trip to Norway with Barry Blanchard for a chance to climb the famous ice climbs of there in both the areas of Rjukan and Eidfjord. Rjukan is incredible with short approaches and lots of multipitch climbs, the ice is good and the temperature bearable. Eidfjord was a little more serious with 1000 meter high ice falls, super unbearably cold temperatures especially with the wind, super exposed routes - but the ice left a lot to be desired as it was not well formed. As an aside, I can’t remember being so cold in a very long time.

I did have the sharp end of the rope a lot on this trip to Norway so I am pleased with that.

Partial list of completed climbs -

*First ascent