Monday, February 29, 2016

Thank You

Hi Rob,
Just wanted to drop you a line to say thank you for yet another fantastic trip to Rjukan. As usual everything was organised brilliantly and the instruction was top notch; combined with the excellent conditions this lead to a superb trip.
Even the Tuesday morning dunking didn’t lead to a dampener to the proceedings! Thank you once again for catering to my predicament and salvaging the day!

I’d like to sign up for next year’s trip, so if that’s ok let me know and I’ll pay you a deposit straight away.

Thanks again,


Sunday, February 28, 2016

Heavy Water

For the last couple of days of our ice climbing week in Norway we enjoyed some multi pitch routes in the Upper Gorge, often climbing up to the factory made famous in the story of the Heroes of Telemark where allied resistance fighters carried out a daring raid to destroy the Heavy Water that would have been a critical component of the Atomic Bomb. We had no such pressures on us and were able to enjoy some fat ice under blue skies, climbing routes around the WI 4 (Scottish 5) grades as people really hit their stride. The final day was spent at Kroken with some folks progressing onto leading there own routes and others keen to continue progressing their grade, climbing all manner of steep ice before finally heading back to Oslo in the sleepy bus!

Three of the six booked their spaces for next year before we even left Norwegian soil! A great trip with great people, thanks all.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Rjukan Ice

Yesterday we split into three teams and headed to the Lower Gorge here in Rjukan, climbing a variety of single and two pitch routes from WI3 to WI4. The gorge is in great condition this year with no shortage of routes to choose from. 
Today has been a team rest day with people choosing various activities including downhill skiing and cross country skiing. Back on the ice tomorrow.


Monday, February 22, 2016

Ice Climbing

I was lucky enough to enjoy a spot of skiing over the weekend in Oslo having dropped off the snowshoe team and waiting for the Ice Climbing Team. I'm now in Rjukan for the week with Sharon, Dave, Andy, Simon, Bala and Shae and fellow instructors Huw and Rusty. The ice is much better than the last couple of years and with blue skies and cold temperatures it's looking like a great week. 

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Norway Snowshoe Week

We have had a brilliant week here in Norway. The weather has been great, staying cold and dry all week and giving some fresh snow to create a true arctic feel. We even got a glimpse of the Northern Lights on a slow camera exposure. We have climbed summits, slept in a snow shelter, been mushing with the huskies, done an overnight expedition in the Lavu, tried cross country skiing and eaten fine food. What a week! 

Monday, February 15, 2016


Lovely to be back in Norway for our snowshoe week. Posts will be sporadic for the next two weeks though! 

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

North Ridge of Tryfan in the snow with Trail Magazine

I met up with Oli and Tom from Trail magazine last night to show them around the Mountain Rescue base in Nant Peris. They had offered me an invitation to join them for the day today and having seen the forecast and fresh snow on the tops it seemed rude to say no. We headed up the North Ridge of Tryfan which is a great outing at any time of year, but a particular favourite in the snow. Great fun - thanks boys.