Norway - New Big Wall Ice

by Dougald MacDonald / Mar/2009
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The crux of Strandhogg (800m, M5+ WI6+ A0)., 91 kb
The crux of Strandhogg (800m, M5+ WI6+ A0).
Separate teams of Norwegian, German, and Swiss climbers seized the day in unusually cold temperatures during February and established gigantic new ice routes on Norwegian cliffs the size of Yosemite Valley's walls.

Bjorn-Elvind Aartun climbed two routes on the 1,000-meter-high Kjerag massif directly above the open sea in Lysefjord in southwestern Norway.

Meanwhile, the German climber Robert Jasper made two separate trips to Norway to climb three different huge ice routes. First was the new route Into the Wild (900m, WI6 X) in Gudvangen, climbed with Markus Stofer.

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