Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Chamonix 2016

Recently I had the opportunity to spend three weeks in Chamonix to learn and develop as an alpine climber. I already know I want to go back, it is just such an amazing place. 

Week 1:
Two climbers just in front of us. 

This was probably the most successful week of climbing as I got to climb two magnificent routes on Mont Blanc du Tucal and Mont Maudit. They made me feel more secure on slightly steeper and technical terrain. And I will keep that in mind for future trips.

The hut where we spent a few sleepless hours (on the cold floor)
 before we started our climb in the dark.

A selfie as the sun started to rise.
You have to work hard to get a comfortable night. 
Week 2:
Planning future climbs.
The local crag has a fantastic view.
We barely climbed anything this week as my friend, unfortunately, struggled with a sore knee. But luckily Chamonix has more to offer than just the big mountains. A big highlight was to watch the Climbing World Cup.

Week 3:
A cold Oscar and an icy rope... 
During the third week, I climbed with another friend who brought with him bad weather. However, it was interesting to see Chamonix from a new perspective.

Multiple layers of down to keep me cosy. 
I am still proud to say that we spend every day that week in the mountains. But there were moments when we wondered what on earth we were doing there in the cold with wet clothes and cloves :D :D At least we had the ability to laugh at it.
Super windy!!!

Friday, April 22, 2016

Happy Earth Day

A few pictures that explain why I love the earth!


Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Spring is in the air

So far this year, I've not been doing much except studying and climbing in the gym. But I had the opportunity to go skiing in France during the Easter Holidays, which was really excited. The weather was great for the majority of the week and it even snowed a couple of days.

One of many laps up to ski the classical Pisteurs' Couloir
 in powder conditions 

              When the lift up to Grand Montet closes due to strong winds you might as well walk.

Enjoying the view
Unfortunately, I caught a bad cold, which developed into a long lasting fever.  I am on antibiotic now but I can't wait to play around on the rock. I really like climbing in the spring!

Olle with Chamonix in background
I'm also really looking forward to the summer and my planned trip to Chamonix :)


Friday, December 25, 2015

Happy Holidays

A little holiday update :)

Christmas Day bouldering - perfect conditions
The medal from my last Swedish Junior Championship. Happy! 
My friends and I won a "dragon's den" competition at our uni. Well done guys!
No snow in sight... But a lovely day out.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

University life

In the end of August I started at the Stockholm School of Economics. And as a result I have struggled with the fresher's flu during the last few weeks, so haven't been able to climb much. But before that I used the nice weather for my own benefit!

Amazing condition yesterday, but did not get much climbing done due to my cough
Breaking the Law, 8b at Ă–rnberget
Megos crushing an 8b onsight

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Chamonix Part 3

Another small selection of photos from Chamonix. I really want to go back...

Even the rest days are beautiful.
Forever free in the mountains...
Looking for ice climbing, wearing shorts and t-shirt. Got to climb overhanging ice :) 
Mandatory selfie!
Thank you Marmot Mountain Europe and Granitbiten for your support!


Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Chamonix Part 2

Another selection of photos from Chamonix. 

Sumi on Arete des Cosmiques
Your lifeline...
Mont Blanc du Tucal
Aiguille du Midi
Happy times

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Chamonix Part 1

I spent over  two weeks in Chamonix (first with my friend Olle and then with my girlfriend Sumi) and here is a selection of photos. More pictures to come!

As it was our first alpine climbing trip without a guide we decided to focus on climbing easier classic routes to build a good foundation of skills and experiences for future seasons. I am already planning to come back next year. 

A special thanks to Marmot and Granibiten for providing me with equipment that not only made the climbs more enjoyable but also safer.

Life is quite good!
I have camped in places with a worse view!
Olle with a deep crevasse and Chamonix in the background.
Aigulle du Peigne.
Ready to abseil. Minutes before both we and the team in front of us got our ropes stuck... 

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Climbing in Stockholm

I have spent the last weeks mainly climbing outdoors in Stockholm.

Mental preparation.
Most of the time I have been with friends at Flaten, which is not the most beautiful rock but the climbing is fun. The cliff has become quite popular after it was rebolted and some easier routes were established. It is inspiring to see so many people (no matter ability) pushing themselves on the rock.

I am nothing without my shoes and chalk bag!

I am very pleased with my own climbing and I managed to do quite a few of the classic routes. The finger feels good but I have had to turn down a couple of routes because the holds were too harsh on the finger. Not a big deal, you can always try them again later :D 

Maybe I should have stretched my hips a bit more!?!

My friend Olle and I also spent a couple of days climbing trad at Grönbrinksberget. On our first visit we were lucky with the weather and got to climb quite a few lines. However, the second time all the routes were soaked and there was even a short thunderstorm. Anyway, it was a good (and scary) experience to lead on your own gear when water is dripping down the wall. 

On Friday I am flying to Chamonix for some alpine adventure. So the bags are fully packed with tent, crampons, cams, ropes and much more. I am excited to spend some time in the mountains.