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Rjukan Ice Trip 2014: ParadICE!
Day 1 of Jake's Epic Ice Climbing Series in Norway
So the trip started off with every climbers nemesis when they fly abroad to climb, baggage weight limits!
Taking two ropes, a set of ice screws, crampons and axes, really eats into that 20KG limit and the night before we were really struggling to get the weight down, solution?... Wear everything on the plane, big boots, down jackets, the lot! So after a very sweaty few hours at the airport, (30 minutes of which were spent undressing at security!) and another 2 on the plane, we landed in Oslo at midday with a slight shock. For some reason I think we had all been expecting regular UK style winter conditions, but instead we were greeted by what looked like a scene from the movie "The Day After Tomorrow"!
Luckily, Joe hooked us up with an upgrade at the car rental desk and before we knew it we were cruising along the Norwegian roads in a brand spanking new "ninja black” Toyota Rav 4, which Joe nicknamed "The Weapon".
4 hours of driving through a blizzard, and a few dodgy skids later, we arrived at our accommodation for the week, Rjukan Hytteby, a nice little village of huts containing bunk beds, a kitchen and a bathroom (with underfloor heating!) as well as a place to dry kit and hang climbing equipment. Check it out if you're ever looking to stay in Rjukan: http://rjukan-hytteby.no
So now comes the time to flick through the guide book, check the ice conditions, and sharpen the tools. We head to bed looking forward to what the first climbing day has in store!