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Rjukan Ice Trip 2014: ParadICE!
Day 4 of Jake's Ice Climbing Series in Norway - Finally a full day of climbing!
We finally learnt our lesson after 2 failed attempts at the Lower Gorge and decided to go straight to Krokan in the morning so that we could get a full day of climbing in. We set off nice and early to beat the crowds (Krokan is always full with groups on a weekend) and kicked the day off with a nice, and quite sustained climb named 'Bullen' which goes at WI3, Joe and Chris took the lead on two different lines on this route, both turned out to be quite steep meaning that the top sections were quite 'spicy' and brought on a fair bit of the old lactic acid in the forearms!
After a good warm up on these routes I then decided to take the lead on what turned out to be a stunning 3 star ice route named 'Gaustaspokelse' WI4. The first section was a nice ice slab leading to a small cave where I could place a good quality ice screw. Then, a big step out on good ice axe placements lead onto a steep ice pillar, where sustained climbing lead to a rest before taking on a brilliantly technical ice pillar, full of wide bridges onto rock and large ice chandeliers.
Jake on the top section of "Gaustaspokelse"
I then brought up Joe and Chris before abseiling off ready for the next route, so far the best route I had been on in Rjukan! Joe finished off the day with a very strenuous WI5 on a lone standing ice pillar, we're going to feel today's efforts in the morning!