A trip to Kebnekaise aheadThursday, February 17th, 2011 with 3 Comments »

The long waited spring trip is ahead. After contemplating several options we ended up to go to Kebnekaise (once again). I guess it’s the ease of access and good facilities there that made us lean towards it. Well, of course the most important reason is the great mountain environment there. Picture above: Shot from the […]

Ice climbing in Nuuksio – a positive surpriseMonday, February 14th, 2011 with 4 Comments »

Last weekend I and my climbing partner Jari ended up climbing in Nuuksio, Espoo (close to Helsinki, Finland). We knew that we should find a few decent lines there and indeed we did. While there is much less selection in Nuuksio than for instance in Korouoma, both in terms of height and difficulty, it was […]

Reusable shock absorbers (screamers) and ice screws with replaceable tipsMonday, February 7th, 2011 with 7 Comments »

Some time ago I bumped into rumor about screws that have replaceable tips. As everyone knows there’s hardly anything more frustrating than a dull screw on a difficult climb. Besides it’s always the one that ends up to your hand whenever you’re in a really difficult spot desperately needing a fast protection… the one you […]

Building a belay station on a multi-pitch routeWednesday, February 2nd, 2011 with 6 Comments »

Ice climbing on a multi pitch route opens an entirely new world. You get to places where you other vice wouldn’t, but you also need a lot more knowledge to make such climb safe and efficient. One of most important things on a multi pitch route is the belay stations between the pitches. One needs […]