11 February 2010

Nice Ice

The temperture in Bergen is starting to poke its head above freezing during the day but everything is still white. Got some great pics of the evil lair in the snow, they can be seen here. Manged to get a great day boarding at Myrkdalen with the boys on Saturday, fresh snow and a great bunch of guys, really going for it. Top respect to Terry who was only on his 4th or 5th time out and was really laying it on.

Friday night was out with Sandy and Harry. Harry expressed an interest to climb some ice, not least because he is heading to Hemsedal for an ice climbing course with Ingrid, his extremely competitive wife, in fact they are both highly competitive and he saw an option to get some extra paractice in. So on Sunday we headed to Brattfossen near Eikadalen. I had climbed it a few year back but this year it was in much better nick, really fat and well formed.

Walking in to Brattfossen, Jamie and Keith already climbing the left line

After getting mildly lost and wading through deep snow to get to the base we met Jamie and Keith who were already there climbing. Since they were already climbing on the lefthand side we put a route on the right. First pitch was not too steep but sustained, Sandy led and Harry followed, I brought up the rear and the picked off the shorter top pitch. A great little route. More pics here.
"Its the wrong crampons Gromit" - Jamie on Brattfossen, read his account here

When Harry met Sandy - no fake orgasms here

This cold weather has seen some very hard core ice getting climbed by the real climbers, including this awesome effort up at Geiranger (check out their pics)

I am loving "global warming"

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