Arctic Circle Climbing Guide

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This new guidebook covers “previously unpublished climbing and bouldering in arctic Norway – and we have a copy up for grabs! Check out details of the competition below.

“From Trad climbing on pristine granite islands, urban sport crags, underground ­bouldering: You will find it all here! The book has comprehensive coverage of selected areas in the region around the Arctic Circle in the county of Nordland."

The guidebook contains a mix of topos and photo-topos and detailed maps for selected locations in the Norwegian county of Nordland. The region lies partly above the Arctic Circle, meaning that in summer you can climb in the midnight sun. Unlike most UK guidebooks, it also covers a range of climbing styles. English translations are provided for the approach and general information, and although the route descriptions are in Norwegian, Rockfax style symbols, lots of photos and a glossary of common climbing terms make them easy to understand. The guidebook also contains lots of action shots, giving a real feel for the area and its climbing.

The Guidebook was largely produced by Sveinung Råheim, along with members of the Bodø climbing club. I recommend checking out the club's photo gallery for some pretty inspiring rock. Regulars at Alien Rock may know Sveinung and his girlfriend Hanne as they have recently spent time living in Edinburgh and climbing all over Scotland.

The area can be reached with cheap flights to Oslo and then a 1 hour 20 minute connection to Bodø. It is also possible to travel by ferry from Newcastle to either Stavanger or Bergen. A climbing trip to Nordland can be easily combined with a trip with the Lofoten islands (3 hours away by boat) or the famous Granite peaks in Tysfjord (Stetind etc, see free Rockfax miniguide).


The book is available to buy in the UK through Cordee Cordee.co.uk at £26.95


Climb like a Norwegian! Some useful translations
Norwegian English
Egg Arète
Dieder Corner, dihedral
Overheng Overhang
Rute Route
Sva Slab
Tak Hold
Vegg Wall


Competition

For a chance to win a copy of this new guidebook answer the following two questions

Question 1
What is the Norwegian for Hold?

Question 2
At what Latitude is the Arctic Circle?

Send your answers to competition@scottishclimbs.com .

Closing date: 31st January 2007

One winner will be picked at random from the correct responses.

We have a winner!

Congratulations to Stewart Brown, who gave the correct answers: Tak and 66 deg 33 mins 39 sec (or 66.56083 deg).

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