I´m back in action and will give this blog another go. I have had too much to wrap my head around at work the past year and although I´ve been quite good at getting out and about when I´ve had the chance, I certainly have not had enough time to sit down and share it. So going forward, I might just share a few trough backs from the past year as a start. Starting with my newest experience and possibly biggest accomplishment in a while: ICE CLIMBING!
I love being outdoors and to have found a new hobby to utilise our long Norwegian winters is fantastic! It was my BF who suggested we try ice climbing and I, not knowing what I got myself in to, agreed that it sounded like a good idea. We bought a pair of ice axes, joined an ice climbing group for the Oslo area on Facebook, found out where to go, packed our gear and went for it. We were quite lucky, this guy actually arranged an "ice climbing day out" at Hengefoss in Heggedal just outside of Oslo. Where he was available with tips and tricks, kept a bonfire going and served hot toddy to everyone. We quickly became a nice little group of climbers gathering with different experience levels, luckily for me, I was not the only one with little to none experience!
Time to hit the ice... Literally.
I don't know what I expected, but it certainly was a lot harder than I imagined. I clung to the ice axes and struggled to hit the ice at the right angle. The ice was so fragile that lots of it rushed down towards the ground by each hit and step I took. My anxiety was high and I wanted to give up and go back down the whole time. But of course, and my stubbornness could not turn back and I scrambled upwards the ice one tiny swing of the axe at the time. It was so heavy and my technique was so bad that by the time I reached the top my hands were hurting really bad. But I´m still, above average, impressed with myself - that I managed to finish a route that the guide said was between level WI5 and WI6 for my first go at this new sport. Can´t wait to give ice climbing another go. It was an exciting and completely new experience that I recommend anyone who´s into climbing. The transition really isn´t that hard when you know what you´re doing on dry summer walls ;) All you need in addition is climbing axes and crampons - and you´re good to go!