Feb 09 09
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Terry and Bernie (or Berny in Norwegian) had an extended long weekend to impinge upon Smiler’s CC meet to Rjukan.

It had been minus 15 max temp for a week and Rjukan was even colder than usual. Here you see a view of Rujkan from the Ossimosis road, with the hanging cold mist.

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Any hopes we had of great deeds were quickly put to rest, as Terry’s new crampons and not so old axes struggle to make an impression on the iron-like ice of Vermorkbrufossen Vest WI5.

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A better view of Terry’s new ‘Teeth’ are shown here at Krokan.

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We did a bit of exploration too…

Here we are looking for tracks at Bolgen. But none to be found.

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So quick retreat for ‘cragging’ at lower Ossimossis.

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Syd and Eileen were playing on the upper part….

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We also explored further afield, in an attempt to find sunshine and warmth. Here you see the wonderful sunny cascades at Presenil.

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Trouble was, there wasn’t a trail. Neither was it clear exactly how to approach them through the private propery on the roadside. It seemed likely that the guide book writers had never been there and more clarification is needed in future editions, we felt. We took our chances and walked across the farms, but were soon knee deep in snow (remember Yoho??). A quick retreat was called for and we saved the day at Krokan.

But by far the most enjoyable route was ‘Blindtarmen’ WI4, in the Upper Gorge. This has a really steep main pitch, which you enter from the saftey of a belay cave, reminiscent of Louise Falls and as hard, I felt.

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Here you see ‘Berny’ just exiting the first pitch.

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