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Rjukan Ice Trip 2014: ParadICE!
Day 2 of Jake's Ice Climbing series in Norway - Powder, Powder Everywhere...
Over the last week Norway has seen some serious snowfall, which has consequently produced mega deep powder, great for skiing, awful for ice climbing! We'd heard that the Lower Gorge had some fantastic routes of all different grades so we decided to give it a go, the guidebook stated "from the car park go left and steeply down trending left to the river bed, 5 minute walk",
Car Park Lower George
...a slight understatement! We managed to get down to the river bed after wading through waist deep snow and the falls were no where to be seen, on top of that there was a river crossing.
This would have been very simple if it hadn't been for the 3 foot of snow covering all of the ice, this meant that there was no way of telling what was good to walk on and what would result in boots full of ice cold water, I unfortunately got unlucky and ended up with a right boot full of it! The river was a no go so we bailed, took on the awful trudge uphill out of the gorge and headed over to a popular crag name 'Krokan'.
This turned out to be a great choice for the first day as it had a nice selection of good quality WI3 (water ice 3) and WI4 graded waterfalls, of which we took full advantage!
Base of Krokan