In reply to UKC Articles:Huge amount of new routing carried out by the British Army Outward Bound Centre in the 70/80s in the Setesdal from their base in Evje. I was there last week, ski touring, and had a guided tour of icefalls by an ex instructor who lives and works in the Setesdal. Check out Destination-Setesdal. I wonder how many routes have been claimed as FA's when they were done in dachstiens and non tech tools over 20/30 years ago?
I spent 10 months in the Setesdal valley living and working about an half an hour south of Bygland, I arrived in late January and it was a particularly cold year with -20 being not uncommon on blue sky days but the ice climbing was unbelievable, we just drove around looking at seemingly endless perfect ice falls and no one climbing them.
Without wanting to do any kind of disservice to Geoff's guidebook the 150 climbs covered probably isn't half of whats lurking in the Setesdal and surrounding area.. When you're there it really does seem like it could be endless.
Another option for days off is ski touring and cross country, down further south near Evje there is something like 200+ km of groomed trails that are free to use.
And the great thing about the Setesdal is that during the summer it has amazing multi pitch trad, sport and bouldering.. if you had the time and energy you could go out and do 100's of low and mid grade trad first accents without much cleaning needed at all.
In reply to HeMa: I agree all the way. It is pretty suprising how quiet and humble most of the norwegian climbing community is. I am positive the routes have been climbed in the past if they are roadside. Just because u dont see someone doesnt mean it hasnt been climbed.
skarabrae11 Feb 2013
In reply to Eärendel F.: excellent venue, just got back from 9 day trip there last night, as others have said, great routes, great skiing (xc, nordic tour & piste) had every route to ourselves, beats over-crowded rjukan!!
skarabrae11 Feb 2013
In reply to skarabrae: forgoy to mention. thanks to geoff hornby & the team at oxford alpine club for a great guide book & all the advice they gave in our trip.
thanks guys, davey.
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