Norwegian Mountains, Møre og Romsdal
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My friends Anna & Matt ..
from the UK had arrived Sunnmøre for their annual vacation in Norway. Now that they were well established in Sykkylven, they wanted to climb. Matt remembered a bolted route (one of several) on Sukkertoppen from scrambling around back in 2007. This route is not down by the regular climbing fields, but just behind the mast, halfway up to Sukkertoppen on the normal route. They brought their kids Joe & Louise for the climb.
I had absolutely ...
no ambition of even trying this steep route, most likely in the 5 range (Norwegian scale). Or perhaps a weak 6. Matt lead up, as easy as it gets, but ran out of carabiners just before the top. We let the route end there. The rest would be scrambling anyway.
After the pressure Anna put on me, I had to give it a try. Anything else would have been unacceptable. But waddayaknow? Leaving grace out of the picture, I got up. Knobs and fingertips - a completely new way of climbing to me. Not that I enjoy it that much, but I really enjoy to watch good climbers. It's a piece of art, really. The way they move about.
Anna climbed in cat style. Mjaaau. Any milk here? I was impressed. Joe has the genes in order and went looking for milk too. Louise found this wall an awkward place to send text messages to her teenager friends and lost interest halfway up.
After climbing, we went back to the scrambling area (well, it's still climbing to me) and I was mentally put out of business watching Matt & Joe glide up the crag I've tried numerous times. At least, it's still art. And I've got something to stretch for. Literally.
Those who looked forward to see pictures from Romsdalen ...
will be hugely disappointed. "Lille Trollvegg" is the last route climbed in the area near the Trollråsa mailbox, down on Sukkertoppen's west ridge.
On this gorgeous afternoon, Torill, Svein and I headed up Trollråsa to practice climbing. Easy climbing, that is. None of us are mountain climbers, defined as people who climb vertical walls. Torill and I can at least cope with a short 5-/5 pitch on the Norwegian scale. Anything else can't be immediately expected when you pick up this vertical hobby after having passed 40. Svein, on the other hand, is more seasoned and has done a lot more weird stuff in the airy Sunnmøre mountain ranges.
In any case ..
we need the practice. Some of the most beautiful Norwegian peaks demand the use of a rope. Even if we'll never become mountain climbers, we still can have a lot of fun in a world scaled down to our skill level. The Trollråsa area is such a world, offering a multitude of short climbing and scrambling routes. On the agenda this evening, was:
A V-gap just behind the mailbox. The route continues up slab rock and joins a short knife-edge ridge. "Trollsvaet" has now become a part of my hiking route up Trollråsa.
"The mailbox ridge" is a nice close to the mailbox which joins the "Trollsvaet" route a bit higher up. "Postkasseegga" gets harder the further to the right you climb.
runs left of "Postkasseegga", and is a notch more difficult. The big rock on top gives extra bonus!
is the face between "Trollsvaet" and "Postkasseegga". Clearly the most challenging of the routes we climbed, but the handholds are excellent. "Store Trollvegg" is further south along the cliffs, and has not been climbed by any of us. The name comes from the "Troll" name in Trollråsa, and (of course) not the mighty Trollveggen wall in Romsdalen.
All routes have (as I see it) at least one point ranging from 4- to 4+ on the Norwegian scale. The rock on top of "Poste Restante" might qualify as 5. Your height is an essential factor.
Climbing near the Trollråsa mailbox
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