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Climbing Ice

Kernow Climbing instructor climbing an icefall in Rjukan, Norway

Ice climbing and Cornwall are not phrases you usually associate without one another. But with Ice climbing and Rjukan it's another story. So I headed there in the middle of February to try and apply some of the skills I've learned on Cornish granite to the frozen icefalls of Norway's premier ice climbing destination. Not knowing anything about ice climbing, I signed up for a course with four experienced MIC's from the UK and 7 clients.

New Year's Day tradition

The two Matts partook in the local climber's New Year tradition of climbing Bosigran Ridge as early as possible in the New Year. Strict tradition states that it must be New Year's Day, but dire rain made such a proposition entriely unpleasant, so January the second had to do instead. Surprisingly only one other party was seen in the vicinity all day, so maybe some die-hards barved the miserable conditions the day before?Huge swells meant that the first pitch couldn't be accessed - crashing waves were throwing spray halfway up it.

Ending the year with Tears...

Kernow Climbing's good friend Luke had spent the latter part of 2014 working the legendary route Tears of a Clown at one of our favourite crags, Sennen. It's a stunning line following thin cracks up a vertical wall. Not for the feint-hearted, the moves are hard above spares protection and it comes in at a very respectable E6 6b. The first ascent was made by the infamous climber Mark Edwards back in 1986, and although a much sought after line, it doesn't see many repeats due to its difficult and serious nature.