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- Sketchy Fossen again. The interesting thing about this pitch (ropelength of climbing) is that the top five or ten cms of ice weren't well attached to the deeper ice – it was a bit like climbing an onion skin. I think it formed at maybe -30, very very fast, and in big layers. Imagine a hockey puck stood vertically with a screwed up Zamboni that puts a layer of air between each ice layer. It's like that. Often in ice climbing the challenge is just to make progress a little bit at a time until you're at the top. If you think about the challenge too much then you'll never start. And I love the colour of this ice, so rich and deep, blue then green with the passage of the sun in the sky, a whole ice world! Looking at all these photos gets me psyched to go back to Norway. The climbing, people, everything but the beer is just great. And the beer is good, it's just too expensive for climbers to drink!
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