/ GUIDEBOOK: Arctic Circle Climbing reviewed by Chris Craggs
Polarsirkelklatring (Arctic Circle Climbing) by Sveinung Råheim and Sten Stenkjaer
Read it here: http://www.ukclimbing.com/gear/review.php?id=501
Having decided last week that Norway is the best country in the world (excluding Scotland), this is just the sort of place I might end up visiting. (Especially when Lofoten gets too busy due to the forthcoming guidebook).
What's it like for punter-grade routes though? The extracts on their website don't have anything at 5 or below...
Good spread of grades including easier stuff, single pitch
or bigger stuff
and sporty stuff
All in all well worth combining with Lofoten if you are going all that way!
Some of those have a distinctly harder-than-5 look about them !
P.S. your blog mentions a sprinkling of snow on the high tops further south. The snow level in Jotunheimen last week was 1300m, with 2 foot of fresh powder on the summits :-)
We drove over the road from Lom to Lustrafjord a week last Wednesday (1400m), it was midday and it was zero degrees and sleeting! Not bad for August!
We were driving along the same road last Wednesday :-)
I hope you stopped at the Lom bakery for some of their superb Danish pastries...
Does this mean Rockfax arn't oging to be produceing a Lofoten guide?
Where is the book avalible in the UK?
The reviewed guide doesn't cover Lofoten, just the stuff on the Mainland either side of the Arctic Circle - hence the name. I assume Cordee will hold it.
I am on with the Lofoten guide - it will be out early next year - its looking good already.
Its available through cordee
(We reviewed it on SC ages ago...)
Its a long way from Chamonix though - and you'll not do it for free!
Indeed not. Though camping is pretty cheap :)
And even if you go for a proper campsite where you have to pay, it's still considerably less expensive than many lake District sites these days.
Correct - the camping is amazingly cheap (especially considering the price of everything else) and high quality, and quiet - as you say VERY unlike the UK!
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