New season closing – equipment to pad the feverThursday, September 3rd, 2009 with Comments Off

It’s still warm here where I’m living at, trees have their leaves and grass is green. There’s some signs that new season is closing though (unfortunately too slowly). Personally it’s the restless feeling in my guts, feeling that winter should already arrive. As a result I start going around web stores, spending hours and hours, every […]

Review – Grivel Rambo 4 cramponsWednesday, July 22nd, 2009 with Comments Off

It’s been several months since I started this article. It’s already summer – no ice around here. To get head start for next season though to finish this article. It’s about Grivel’s Rambo 4′s. I’ve climbed few times with them earlier on, but got my own late last season. Since then they were fully battleground […]

Climbing in Kåfjord valley NorwayTuesday, March 24th, 2009 with Comments Off

It’s been over a week since we got back from Kåfjord Valley, Norway. My apologies for the delay with the report. Anyways, I have to say that climbing in Kåfjord were excellent. We had three days of climbing, one fall each day, highest climb roughly 340 meters and 8 pitches. It was kind of late […]

Finally heading to NorwayMonday, March 9th, 2009 with Comments Off

Finally it’s confirmed. We’re heading to Norway on Thursday with my friend Jari. We’ve allready geared for 15-20 Abalakovs, hundreds of meters of ice and four winter nights in a tent. Can’t really wait to get there. At some point our plan was to get our selves in to Skibotn valley and climb the Hourglass […]

The three most stupid (and potentially deadly) things I’ve done on the mountainsThursday, March 5th, 2009 with Comments Off

During the last few weeks I’ve been writing an article about climbing in real mountain conditions as opposed to average Finnish ice climbing conditions. As a part of this process I just started to memorize all the stupid things I’ve done on the mountains. Trust me, there have been plenty of those, many of which […]

Some photos from JussiWednesday, February 25th, 2009 with Comments Off

Hi, I’m Jussi Kuukasjärvi. I enjoy hiking in nature with likeminded people. Into ice climbing I got climbing together with Juho at Korouoma. Though it was hard at first, practice together with good company, without too much pressure, and results emerge. There are plenty of alternatives for trekking in Finnish nature, one great option is riding. Warm clothes, good lunch pack […]

Korouoma – best spot for ice climbing in FinlandMonday, February 23rd, 2009 with Comments Off

In Finland there’s not that much mountains. Actually most of the ice climbing spots in Finland are somewhere else than in fells (fell = sort of round mountain). There are abandoned mines, different sized smaller cliffs and then such places like Korouoma, which is by far the best spot for ice climbing in Finland. Korouoma […]

OKS91 ice climbing trip to KorouomaFriday, February 13th, 2009 with Comments Off

aOur climbing association OKS91 ry arranges few climbing trips each year. Typically there’s several to the Korouoma, which is the best spot for ice climbing in Finland and about 250km from Oulu where I’m living at and a one longer one to somewhere where’s more to climb. Last two years the “more to climb” trips […]

Helium quickdraws – what’s different?Thursday, February 12th, 2009 with Comments Off

During the years I’ve been using both traditional quickdraws as well as wiregate quickdraws. Just few weeks ago I had a first set of Wild Country Helium wiregates and last weekend I was able to have some real action with them. Since Heliums go around few issues that has plagued other wiregate quickdraws, I just […]

Some images from randonee trip at kebnekaiseTuesday, February 10th, 2009 with Comments Off

Last spring I went together with my girl friend Kaisu in to easy going skiing trip to Kebnekaise, Sweden’s highest mountain (2104 meters). By easy going I mean the fact that we lived under the roof, didn’t carry our gear to the Kebnekaise mountain station (used the snowmobile transportation instead), ate the foot at the […]