Sunday, February 23, 2014

Ice Climbing in Norway

This week I have been joined by Jude, Sue, Andy, Shem, Shae and Ian as well as fellow instructors Huw and Dave for a week of ice climbing in Rjukan, Norway. One of the ice climbing capitals of Europe the ice never disappoints and this week has now become a firm favourite in my winter program. We have all enjoyed single and multi pitch routes around the WI4 and WI5 grades (Scottish 5-6) and climbed as many pitches per day as we would expect in a week in Scotland thanks to roadside ice and incredibly accessible climbing. There has been a lot of snow this year and we had a great day off in the middle where folk went skiing together at the beautiful local resort on fresh powder. Great company, great ice, great climbing - hard to beat! (Huw even managed to join a commando raid on the heavy water factory but that's probably another story!)

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