It's raining now outside but despite this, we plan to go climbing tomorrow. Yes this is probably a silly, or at least soggy plan, but we shall see. On an ice climbing front, I was dead chuffed to have an article published on Finnish ice climbing in Climb magazine in the UK. Ian and Dave at Climb made my article look great and I hope folk enjoy reading it.
|Screen shot of my Climb article|
Congrats to all involved for making such a great little film of the place.
Finally, Nick and Jim, who we stayed with for a few days whilst ice climbing in Northern Norway this time last year, are back up there. This year Nick as well as Jim is blogging. It looks like they haven't had fantastic luck with the weather this year, but still have been doing some really impressive climbing. Neither Nick nor Jim are your sponsored super-hero types, they are just weekend warriors like the rest of us, but I have huge respect for them for just getting organised and turning up. Ice climbing somewhere like Arctic Norway need some faith, a sense of adventure, solid mountain sense and, to borrow a good Finnish word for this, sisu. It's people like Nick and Jim that make the climbing community great. It's easy to get cynical when you follow the commercial interests, competition for recognition, back-biting and petty tribalism that are also part of the climbing community, but all around the world there are people out there on cliffs and mountains just like Nick and Jim, just doing it for fun (even when it is anything but). So enjoy the rest of your holiday chaps! May the skies be blue, the ice solid and plastic, the winds still and snowpack stable. Take care and have fun.