Wednesday, August 29, 2012

High Rocks

Last weekend I went to the closest outdoor climbing from London, High Rocks, to do some bouldering. It might only be about 60kilometres there but driving through the city of London takes time (2.5 hours there and 3 hours back)!!
Resurrection 7C
It was the first time I climbed on sandstone, which was really cool. Many climbs are VERY high (12m+) and as bolting is not allowed people climb with top ropes or of course solo... The park is privately own and it costs £10 to climb there.
Cool wall climbing
I had a really fun day doing a few 7a/+'s and my second 7C! The climb that stood out most was a 7 metres slightly overhanging 6B+ with the crux in the end. Let just say I was scared and that the crash pads looks very small from that height :-) 

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Peak District + movie

In the end of last week I went on another short trip to the Peak District and as always the area offers amazing climbing. However, the weather can be less amazing and this time it was very humid and rained quite often. The goal on the trip was to try as many classics and three star boulders as possible. The grades were secondary and my favourite climb was probably a 5+ on a tall arĂȘte.  

Nevertheless, the highlight of the trip was definitely when I was trying the hardest boulder of the trip, Brass Monkey 7C, and Enzo Oddo showed up and asked me for the beta! Very special to show one of the best climbers in the world how to climb something and then see him do what you just told him :-)  
Here is a movie of both of us climbing the problem: 


Tuesday, August 14, 2012

The Olympic Games

 I had the opportunity to get into the Olympic Park and also watch Sweden win the semifinal in handball.
Me wearing a shirt with the Swedish Climbing Federation's logo on, when talking to people no one could understand why climbing is not an Olympic sport... And a lot of them were interested to know more about sport climbing :) :)