/ GUIDEBOOK: Arctic Circle Climbing reviewed by Chris Craggs

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Chris Craggs, one of the most experienced guidebook writers in the UK, takes a look at a new guidebook to climbing in arctic Norway on the western Norwegian coast. Chris is himself preparing a climbing guidebook to the nearby Lofoten Islands.

Polarsirkelklatring (Arctic Circle Climbing) by Sveinung Råheim and Sten Stenkjaer

Read it here: http://www.ukclimbing.com/gear/review.php?id=501
Simon Caldwell - on 07 Sep 2007
In reply to UKC Gear:
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...

In reply to Simon Caldwell:

Good spread of grades including easier stuff, single pitch

http://www.pbase.com/image/85191171/original

or bigger stuff

http://www.pbase.com/image/85191172

and sporty stuff

http://www.pbase.com/image/85191177/original

Great scenery

http://www.pbase.com/image/85191176
http://www.pbase.com/image/85191173

All in all well worth combining with Lofoten if you are going all that way!


Chris
In reply to Simon Caldwell:

Oh - and some intriguing peaks if you fancy getting off the beaten track!

http://www.pbase.com/chris_craggs/image/85191174


Chris
Simon Caldwell - on 07 Sep 2007
In reply to Chris Craggs:
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 :-)
In reply to Simon Caldwell:

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!


Chris
Simon Caldwell - on 07 Sep 2007
In reply to Chris Craggs:
We were driving along the same road last Wednesday :-)

I hope you stopped at the Lom bakery for some of their superb Danish pastries...
TRip - on 10 Sep 2007
In reply to Chris Craggs:

Chris

Does this mean Rockfax arn't oging to be produceing a Lofoten guide?

Where is the book avalible in the UK?

Cheers,

Tom
In reply to Tom Ripley:

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.

Chris
BelleVedere on 10 Sep 2007
In reply to Tom Ripley:

Its available through cordee

(We reviewed it on SC ages ago...)
TRip - on 11 Sep 2007
In reply to Chris Craggs: Souynds great. I'm tempted by an Norway climbing road trip next summer.
In reply to Tom Ripley:

Its a long way from Chamonix though - and you'll not do it for free!


Chris


;-)
Simon Caldwell - on 12 Sep 2007
In reply to Chris Craggs:
> 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.
In reply to Simon Caldwell:

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!


Chris

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