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An adventure ice climbing day, Bakveien, Upper gorge, Rjukan. Then shopping!!

Jan 09, 2015

A great days climbing on an interesting route today, Bakveien, in the upper gorge. Easy approach and three pitches of really characterful climbing with thin short steep pillars, a slabby chimney and slightly hollow upper ice! Ive always liked this route and it didn't fail to disappoint. The route on the right, Nye Vermokfoss was a bit thin getting to the pillar but the pillar looked climbable. (There is an abolokov at the top of it so you could climb bakveien, and then rap and do the pillar as well!).

We then went shopping in the afternoon! Well, you have to peruse the local wares at east once on a trip.

Thoughts for tomorrow are perhaps Svaddefossen or Tjonnstadbergfossen above the village looked ok.

Heading for the crux thin pillar on the first pitch

Guides ice climbing in Rjukan

On the first pitch

Ice climbing guiding on Bakveien, Rjukan.

Fiona topping out on the first pitch


The great slabby second pitch chimney



Looking across to climbers on Nedre Svingfoss


Ian on the upper hollow final pitch


Fiona topping out, (in Scarpa Manta's..well done!)



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