sunnuntai 16. syyskuuta 2018

Lofoten Problems

Lofoten is a remote bouldering paradise way above the Polar circle where the sun does not set, where the views are just spectacular and where the weather conditions are perfect for summer time bouldering – if it does not rain.

In summer 2018 we spent 3 weeks on these magical Islands. It did not rain that much, but it was a lot warmer than usual.

This was my 7th summer on this magical place and mission was to finish finally Springflo, a heinous roof problem with spicy moves and somewhat small holds. Things did not go exactly according to plan, but the trip to Lofoten is always worth it, and we got to climb a lot.

torstai 19. huhtikuuta 2018

10 years quest put to rest

One boulder problem at your personal limit that is at first way too hard and then takes 10 years to figure it out, get strong enough and eventually get everything right to be able to send it!

Not every problem get's solved in bouldering or in life in general but the ones that challenge you the most are never forgotten!

All in all it took 141 days split into 10 years' time frame. Here's how it actually went.

tiistai 17. huhtikuuta 2018

Feeling the Flow of Fontainebleau

The Forest of Fontainebleau, bouldering and problem solving at it's finest! It can be all sunny or all rainy or something in between, sometimes you succeed and sometimes you fail – but nevertheless feeling the flow of the forest is always worth it!

perjantai 5. tammikuuta 2018

Searching for the sending spirit

When you've been climbing some time already you know it doesn't always go according to the plan as there is so many changing variables that do not necessarily match on given specific time no matter what you do. But that is just what makes climbing so interesting and challenging.

In the end it does not matter much what the variables happen to be if you just go out there, climb and enjoy while doing it! And if you even succeed in climbing something important to you or get forward with old multi year projects that's even better!

Here's a short clip from last year's climbing trips from multiple locations in Finland and also from Magic Wood in Switzerland.

sunnuntai 10. syyskuuta 2017

From Magic Wood to the Adriatic Sea - Road tripping in four countries

Some magic moments from a 3 week road trip: bouldering in Magic Wood, freediving and snorkeling in the Adriatic Sea and amazing views from Switzerland, Italy, Slovenia and Croatia.

torstai 27. huhtikuuta 2017

It doesn't matter how long you have climbed or what you climb, pursuing your dreams is always worth the effort - and beyond.

This is what it looks like when you have been climbing for almost a year, you have only two trips to Font and one 6A boulder as outdoor experience, and you start trying a 7A boulder with a feeling - a dream - it might go someday.

Trying easier boulders in Luohua is not that good an option for shorter climbers as they are a bit on the morpho side for the grade as well as this one is. Strong will and some time to find the right beta and develop the powers needed were required too. And good, warm enough weather, of course.

perjantai 14. huhtikuuta 2017

Some sends and fails in the Forest of Fontainebleau

When you have only one week in the magical Forest of Fontainebleau, it is always a gamble on what kind of weather you get. This time we were extremely lucky and it was sunshine almost the whole week, and there were also a few days with nice temperatures. What you can't get by default after the long Winter, however, is good skin and a body wired to climb outdoors on those nice slopey holds and nonexistent footholds. But that was what we were after all a long: to climb and get our minds and bodies wired for the coming outdoor season and enjoy the beauty of the Forest.