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We do not need to go to Chamonix for doing alpinism, we can find pillows outside of Japan and there is good crack climbing way closer than in Utah.

Sogndal: where freeride meets ski alpinism in Norway.

The Sogndal ski guide.
Since around seven years Lyngen, and specially Lofoten have become the big protagonists when it comes to skiing in Norway. To be true, they have some heavyweight reasons on their sight with that combination of arctic landscapes, spiky mountains, old days sailor culture and fjords on the same frame. However, if we come back a bit further in time, the big name was Sogndal. As a matter of facts, Sogndal is and has always been the headquarters of modern skiing in Norway where freeride and ski alpinism melt together.

Jordalen: Ski touring over the most spectacular fjord in Norway.

On the fjords we have one valley where it seems it’s always winter, and this year I feel like I have been the most local of that valley: welcome to Jordalen. 
Moreover, Jordalen literally hangs over the Nærøyfjorden, arguably the most spectacular fjord in Norway.

Cueto Agero, South spur (300m; 6A+). Adventure climbing in la Hermida.

There had been now quite some time since I had in mind to do a powerful activity in one of the oceans of limestone of the Picos de Europa. I had a few routes in mind in the Naranjo, although it’s quite a complicated mountain. According to the schemes, it looks like one way or another you should probably top out, however, you hear quite often those stories about really strong rope parties having to turn back poorly after quite some drama. Ok, having some desperate fighting is always in the equation; there are not that many people that can afford to top such monsters on comfort, however, been able to choose, I rather take a bit less spicy for the beginning of the season.

Read More »Cueto Agero, South spur (300m; 6A+). Adventure climbing in la Hermida.

Two days exploring the Tena Valley.

Over the last weeks I’ve been completely overfed with great freeride sessions. Don’t get me wrong, I can’t really complain; I love the feeling of ungravity while drifting in powder, but the mountains in winter offer other amazing experiences that I was starting to miss, especially climbing on Ice and ski touring on the big mountains. However, the Val d’Aran decided to throw us again a meter of snow in two days and a half rising the avalanche risk to 4. Of course. I called my friend Carlos, who lives in Sabiñanigo and knows pretty well the mountains of the Tena valley.Read More »Two days exploring the Tena Valley.

About climbing a big corridor and dropping to a North face in the storm. (WITH VIDEO)

There is a mountain that we were seeking to tick off the list this season. The problem; it’s gigantic, quite alpine and faddy. Even though I’ve climbed a few times, it’s not all that easy to have everything on your side. We’ve been waiting since november to have stable enough conditions and saturday was that day.

Read More »About climbing a big corridor and dropping to a North face in the storm. (WITH VIDEO)

First expedition of the season. Exploring Marimanha.

Last weekend we warmed up the season skinning up some of the peaks of the Baqueira-Beret ski resort. This year again, we confirmed the theory that it doesn’t matter how fit you are, getting the gears rolling is always a sufferfest. Well, now we just couldn’t use any excuse for not doing the first proper expedition of the season. Moreover, with this never ending anticyclone, it’s better to not delay the homeworks.

You better profit snow while it’s there!

Read More »First expedition of the season. Exploring Marimanha.