Monday, February 07, 2011

Magical Muurla

I've written about Muurla as a neglected summer crag in the past on this blog, but it's years since I've been there in winter and hadn't realised that it was such a neglected winter crag! Today it was simply fantastic - huge amounts of ice - lots of different lines, some hard some OK - and all in the sun and under a blue sky. What more could you ask for? Cheers to Dave and Jody for being great partners and hi to Juha and Erik (hope that's the right spelling), the only other folk out at this great crag on a perfect day.

Erik on the main pillar as the morning clouds clear

Jody making shapes up the groove

What goes up must come down

I do occasionally put the cameras down and do some climbing myself!

Juha puts in another great lead up steep thin ice. Juha is climbing basically the same line as this!

Happy belayer

Jody's big lead

Juha climbing another great looking line with some powerful moves to get onto the ice

Same route from below

The sun starts to get lower and the world goes magically pink

Just the tree tops in the sun now...

...and it's time to go home.


Tony said...

Nice photos. Looks like a great day out.

Peter Archer said...

Great photos Toby & such superb ice! Pa

Anonymous said...

What camera did you use?

Toby - Northern Light Blog said...

Some are from my Nikon D40x with a circular polariser on, others were taken on my pocket Lumix - not one of the expensive ones - sort of 'mid-range' I guess.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the reply, great photos indeed!

Anonymous said...

Next sunday (13.2.2011) finnish alpine club is having an ice climbing course here. There is quite many of us and we are setting topropes for many of the lines. So if you want to have some peacefull ice climbing, I recommend not coming here on sunday. :) On saturday, we are going for angelniemi.

Pauli S.