There have been a halt in activity on the page. This is simply cause I am not around a computer that often any more! since I got hired in Iceland, I travel light and leave most of my belongings behind for the summer. All that came with me over is climbing and camping gear. That when you think about it ; its plenty.
The job I do in Iceland is different from any job I have had in Norway, in the way that it is a huge operation. There is more than a hundred people up at the ice a day, we are a double digit of guides at any given time. And there is so many resources!
The commercial guiding might seem uniform and boring, but in reality the mass commercial guiding is for a time. A very good opportunity to test and learn a whole set of different skills. Both hard and soft, as for managing people. And to recognize the opportunities the terrain gives you. As well as where it will restrict you.
This is something you wont have time to explore if you do longer trips, or if you don't guide as much. But being on the ice two times a day. In the approximate same area, you can really get a feel of what is really good. And how different guests act in different places.
What I enjoy the most on climbing trip, is how childish people become. There is something in climbing that inspires to explore the little places, in between rocks. Under and above. As you don't climb all day, every day. Climbing trips are trips you end up spending time, outdoors. Doing nothing, enjoying the sun. Making a few throws with the fishing pole, and just hiking around in the nearby area.
At night the hills of jotunheimen is so quiet, that you can hear the breath of the world around you. Mid week, there is no one out here. And We are at the doorstep of being complete and utterly alone, in the wild.
had a hike today, it was long. And the goal was this hill inside the country, getting sort of remote. Done a few of these now, and it gets old walking around alone. Specially as your margin of error is none existent. Moving in low angle terrain, minding surrounding terrain. Just like a rabbit out of its hole. Slowly getting antsy about standing around the buffè starving.
Its winter, and so I long for summer. Or at least some exposure ! I miss pressing the side of the foot on small ledges, and the smell of chalk, and dry moss. Even miss playing in the super steep sections on rainy days. I also miss the feeling of looking between your legs, realizing you are actually pretty run out.
A arms length away from the great classics of Jotunheimen, you will find Eidsbugarden Hotell. This is probably the first of many post from this mountain hideaway, at the foot of giants. The Big alpine objectives seems to be close, but yet so far away. But with some time, I'll figure out the corners that need cutting !
Sometimes you find yourself in the luxury that you are producing, more (photo) material than you can put out ! Winter is most definitely one of those times. No matter were you turn there is a new project and a new adventure.
So We went on to climb ice in Todalen, mostly as a compromise to spending gas getting anywhere else. But with the right conditions everything is awseome! More so, we got to scale a few easy waterfalls. And the all time rare classic : Nauståfossen. At this time its not harder than a WI3, as all you have to do is : Follow the mushrooms with the funky looking chandelier's hanging from them.
I Just finished a three year Bachelor in Friluftsliv and adventure studies from University college of Volda and Thompson River Adventure program. Right now I am unemployed and pressing on to find some meaning, or just LVNGTHDRM