/ NEW ARTICLE: Norway Ice Climbing - Photo Report
Here Neil Gresham reports with a series of superb photographs...
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It seems some annoyance has been caused in Norway over the years by foreign teams finding "new routes" up there and then spreading the news over the net. Although Norwegian ice climbers seem to have taken "hiding their light under a bushel" to extremes of modesty not seen elsewhere, so it is perhaps a bit late to moan about people claiming previously climbed routes if they never wrote a guidebook! ;) But what Finnish teams have done up there is cloaked in possibly even more mystery by a language that makes Norwegian look simple!
Not me! I was very upfront. It was the 'ignorant visitors' if I recall.
The tricky part is working out what's been climbed and what hasn't, as there is so little information to go on. We apologise in advance for any first ascents that we have claimed inadvertently!
James - I know that Ian and co. had put time and effort into finding out what they could before going, and were well aware of the murky history over what had and hadn't been done before. I just wanted to add that Lyngen has long been the 'local' mountains for many Finns. I use the inverted commas as it still takes about 17 hours to drive there from Helsinki, but I think that's still closer than Oslo!
Some great photos - looks like a brilliant trip!
> It seems some annoyance has been caused in Norway over the years by foreign teams finding "new routes"
When 4 of the biggest ego's in climbing go on holiday that is what happens.
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