Tuesday, 9 April 2013

In February 2013, a British team consisting of top climbing Mule Neil Gresham, Ian Parnell, Mark Garthwaite and Kenton Cool visited the Lyngen Alps and Lavangen, two rarely explored ice climbing destinations near to Tromso on the Arctic coast of northern Norway.

Neil Gresham reports below with a series of superb photographs with extended captions:
"This remote region offers an abundance of established challenges, as well as considerable potential for new routing. The tricky part is working out what's been climbed and what hasn't, as there is so little information to go on. We apologise in advance for any first ascents that we have claimed inadvertently! It was strange to be climbing routes that are every bit as good as the classics in Cogne, Chamonix or Kandersteg, yet without seeing any other climbers. Prior to our visit, the main development had been by a handful of local climbers as well Austrian activist, Albert Liechtfried and Kurt Astner from Italy. Most of the crags require long approaches and snowshoes proved essential. February is the best time to go, with January offering less daylight and the chance that routes won't be fully formed, whereas big thaws are common in March."

                 Ian Parnell, Kenton Cool and Neil Gresham. (Photo: Mark Garthwaite)

 More pic's and info here

Monday, 8 April 2013

Mule Mike Tomlinson at the United Downs...

'The course was spectacular and bodes well for the National there in 2 weeks time' Book it in...