|Team ready to board flight to Oslo...|
On the 11th of February myself and good friends Andy, Jack and Nick flew from London Stansted (after a brutal overnight bivvy in the airport) to Oslo where we then traveled to Rjukan where we would base ourselves for the coming week.
Whilst in Rjukan we stayed at the Rjukan Old School Hostel, A very friendly and well equipped hostel filled with similarly minded climbing bums. Essential when on a climbing eXped. The accommodation is renowned within climbing circles as the place to be in Rjukan and is a well established Black Diamond test centre.
12th February - Day 1. On our first morning in Rjukan we decided to head to Ozzimosis. Ozzimosis is an easily accessible 'ice crag' close to the hostel and is an ideal location for anyone venturing out on ice for the first time. Whilst here we got our first taste of pure ice climbing and managed to bag several leads each. Including grade 4 water ice.
Climbs completed at Ozzimosis:
|Team descending from Fabrikfossen WI3...|
|Myself looking down the 2nd chimney pitch of Bakveiein WI4...|
Once we arrived back at the hostel we cracked open a few beers and relaxed in the sauna. Suppose I've had worse valentines days...
|Myself on Gaustapokelse WI4 at Krokan...|
Climbs completed at Krokan:
|Andy on the 3rd pitch of Tjonnstadbergfossen WI4...|
However as we had finished in good time we headed back to the hostel, had a coffee break and decided to go back to Krokan to do some night climbing. A brilliant shared idea and a brilliant experience to climb ice in the dark with head torches whilst the snow is falling. Brilliant.
|Night climbing at Krokan...|
Unknown (RF 4) WI2
Unknown (RF 4.5) WI3
All in all a very successful, and surprisingly cheap, ice climbing expedition to Norway.
An amazing country, great hospitality, fantastic company, brilliant ice climbing, lovely scenery, deep history... The list goes on and I'm sure that we will be returning in the future...
Thanks to Jakob and Sam for the hospitality and thanks to Andy, Jack and Nick for the great memories!
Until next time...