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Rjukan Ice Trip 2014: ParadICE!
Day 3 of Jake's Ice Climbing series in Norway – A Roadside warm up!
Today started off with another 'swim' through, at some points, chest deep powder whilst trying a new approach to the Lower Gorge from Vemork Bridge. Unfortunately, the snow conditions just wouldn't allow us to get there and after an hour and a half of wading, we made the call to turn back and go on the hunt for some roadside ice.
After getting a bit of beta from a regular Rjukan veteran we drove up the ski roads to an area called Ozzimosis, a popular roadside ice crag popular with groups and visitors on their first day in Rjukan, it's full of some nice WI3 and WI4 waterfalls (WI meaning 'water ice', the grading system for frozen waterfalls). We polished off two WI3's and one WI4, finishing in the dark climbing with head torches on, a great way to get back into the "swing" of things!
Jake leading "Skrueis" at Ozzimosis
So after refuelling on some good old chicken curry and sinking a cold beer (at an eye watering £5.90 a pint!), it was time to reflect on the day, dry and sort kit and then plan tomorrow's climbing schedule!
Joe leading Anakje