A valley under the radar - Uskedalen, NorwayFri Night Vid

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Our Friday Night Video this week gives us an overview of Uskedalen in Western Norway. The area has a guidebook although sees very little traffic, despite the abundance of sunning 800m routes on moderate terrain and superb gear. Uskedalen is often referred to as 'Norway's Yosemite.'

The climbing season usually starts around mid-May and can last until mid-September. The region can get a lot of rain, so the film advises that a fishing rod and a fondness for tent life are essentials.

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2 Jun, 2018

My sort of climbing. Nice

But why does one cook cams in hot water? 

3 Jun, 2018

Maybe the word "Friend" is also Norwegian for "Tea bag"?

3 Jun, 2018

No it isn't.

But these guys aren't Norwegians so maybe in another language..? ;-)

4 Jun, 2018

Swishing the cams around in hot water is to easier loosen up and remove any old grease/oil and trapped dirt/dust. A standard practice:

It's also in the care and instructions of the BD camalots. 



4 Jun, 2018

I've been there and it's brilliant. Huge amounts of pristine granite and almost nobody there, even on a summer weekend. There are massive gaps between the routes, if you can climb solid E2-E3* ish then you can do new routes there. 


* This is very approximate as I only climb VS but there are big gaps in the guide book which aren't featureless slabs etc. 

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