adventures with Jen Olson

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Ice Climbing Seminars in Norway

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A wonderful group of athletic women who learned a little bit more about ice climbing.

One of the highlights of my trip to Norway was teaching over 2 weekends in Rjukan. I met very talented and experienced ice climbers from Scotland and Norway. We all learned a lot and had a blast exploring the frozen waterfalls of the Rjukan area.

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The fantastic venue for learning in Rjukan, Norway

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The famous tool traverse… working on our footwork and body position for ice chippin’

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Of course we had to try out some drytooling, as well
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Siri crushing the stone 😉 like she owned the speed climbing competition at the Rjukan Ice Festival

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Oda figuring it out 🙂

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It did get hot for a few minutes and we took full advantage of the power of vitamin D

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talking about twisting our hips and flicking our wrists

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Hanna-Kajsa, a Swedish climbing guide and I, enjoyed working together 🙂

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Me, when it wasn’t as warm, getting the rope up

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Enjoying the sun, while cleaning the ropes and demonstrating skirt climbing 😉

I taught a lead climbing clinic to Lisa and Debbie from Scotland the previous weekend. We had perfect conditions and climbs for our objectives.

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Debbie cruising up a grade 3 at the lower gorge

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Lisa has a strong swing and complete confidence in her tools 🙂

This was one of my most favorite trips ever. I was so inspired by the women and the local landscapes of Norway. I know I will be back next year.

 

 

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Girls day out on Kitty Hawk

Claire and Sonja in front of Kitty Hawk

I am super grateful to Sarah Hueniken for a terrific day out ice climbing guiding on one of her phenomenal weekends for chicks. I got to climb with Sonja and Claire on an ultra-classic Canadian Rockies ice climb called Kitty Hawk.

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me enjoying a relaxed day out!

I thoroughly enjoyed the company of two skilled ice climbing women who I find interesting to chat to about their successful careers. We had low avalanche hazard, reasonable temperatures, just enough clouds, a well packed trail, lots of hooks and no other traffic. WOW! beat that. ; )

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The first belay at the base of the steep climbing. A well-protected alcove.

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Claire finishing the first steep pitch

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Sonja enjoying herself on one of her ‘dream climbs’

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me starting up the crux pitch looking down on the girls at the belay. the unicorn climb in the background

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the crux pitch

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yay, we crushed it! : )

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So beautiful : )


Chicks with Picks in Ouray, Colorado

never enough jackets ; )

Nice form Beth!

Ya Maiija, rockin it

Diane showing us how its done : )

Kim and Angela are VIC's (very important chicks)another challenge

Good times