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Topic - Trip report: Stetind and the Narvik region, August 2013

A few weeks back I got the chance to go back up to the Narvik region of Arctic Norway to do some climbing. I had been there 10 years ago, but with very limited info available, particularly in English, at the time we only did a few things on the mainland before heading over on the ferry to the better documented Lofoten Isles.

A couple of years back, Mickael af Ekenstam and Topptur published "Stetind and Narvik: Dancing on the Devil's Dancefloor" http://www.cordee.co.uk/Stetind-Andamp%3B-Narvik%3A-Dancing-on-the-Devil%27s-Dancefloor-det-15-95-95... and suddenly there was plenty of info available. The book still has many adventures in it - (15 pitch E1 or E2s described in just a sentence and one photo!), but the now real classics like the South Pillar of Stetind are well described. Buying the book involves some sticker shock (best done with a credit card and currency you haven't quite worked out the value of yet!), but the week we had using it made it very much worth it.

I've written quite a long report with many photos, so rather than just copy and paste it here, it's all on my blog at: http://lightfromthenorth.blogspot.fi/2013/09/rock-climbing-in-arctic-norway-narvik.html Any questions just ask.

The Stetind miniguide is free at http://www.rockfax.com/climbing-guides/miniguides/stetind-south-pillar/ although ours fell out of Dave's pocket before we actually started climbing, so I can't personally attest to whether is better or not than Topptur description.
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