/ Evje, Norway
Has anybody climbed around the area before? I've seen some articles about Setesdal Valley in the winter for ice climbing but can only find limited info on what the area is like in the summer.
If anyone wants to join for the ride then let me know. I'll be leaving around may 23rd or so and can drop people off on the way.
The area is quite good also in summer. Slabs, sport climbs, walls up to ten pitches. This is an inland area with not so much rain as the area more close to the North sea.
There ia a guide to the area, written by the germans who have much of the development in the area. The existing is out of print, see excerpt here:
But a new version is expected in May, more info here: http://www.kletterninnorwegen.de/html/aktuelles.html
The best sport climbing is at Urdviki, appr 30 km north of Evje. Best if climb above french 6c. The crag is included in Climb Norway. http://klatring-butikk.no/index.php?nr=90&idkategori=64&startrow=&case=4&id=88
Your trip to Norway by car should include passing the channel and a drive up to Hirtshals in northern Denmark, and take the ferry to Kristiansand in Norway (http://www.colorline.no/skip_og_ruter/kristiansand_-_hirtshals only in Norwegian)Another 1 hour by car to get to Evje. Be aware that Evje is at the southern end of the Setesdal valley, to get to Valle where most of the slabs and wall are it's another 1 hour to drive.
I prefer Nissedal to Setesdal for summer rock - can't be too much further away presumably as it runs parallel, a little further to the east.
Plenty to go at, especially if you have wheels. The (relatively) new German Setesdal guide covers multi pitch trad about an hour north of Evje, there is a trad single pitch crag nearby ("44,5") originally developed by British Armed Forces many moons ago. Troll Mountain use this crag occasionally, but it seems to be suffering from underuse; diff to E3.
"Go North" (also German, atrocious guide, but gets you to the bottom of the routes!) covers Nissedal and Fyresdal, also within reach from Evje, bit more driving though. Rockfax have a download for some of the better multi in Nissedal, specifically on Bærumslandsfjellet and up at Hægefjell (brilliant spot, fantastic granite bouldering too...).
South to Kristiansand (45mins) or Arendal; sport and bouldering more prevalent on the coast (27crags has some coverage).
It's going to cost a bit for the drive but I think I'm going to suck it up and do it. Sounds like it will be a lot easier to get to these places if I have a car around.
Might be an idea to drop them a line - I was very well received when I visited even though I only faintly knew the guys who invited me.
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