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Ice Climbing Seminars in Norway


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.


The fantastic venue for learning in Rjukan, Norway


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


Of course we had to try out some drytooling, as well

Siri crushing the stone 😉 like she owned the speed climbing competition at the Rjukan Ice Festival


Oda figuring it out 🙂


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


talking about twisting our hips and flicking our wrists


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


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


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.


Debbie cruising up a grade 3 at the lower gorge


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.



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.


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. ; )


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


Claire finishing the first steep pitch


Sonja enjoying herself on one of her ‘dream climbs’


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


the crux pitch



yay, we crushed it! : )


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