Three months of cragging

Since mid-March I´ve been cragging around SE-Finland quite a lot. I decided to skip spring in the Alps due to unfavorable climbing conditions. Of course one can always climb something, but getting stronger on rock seemed to fit better to my plans to spend next winter season in Patagonia.

Weather`s been suprisingly good, almost too warm in my opinion. Rising amount of climbers in South Carelia meant that it was easier to find people whom were keen to climb with a rope. Bouldering can be fun, and it´s good here, but you won´t climb any big alpine route with boulderers endurance.

Busiest weeks meant five days of climbing and two days of brushing new routes. Plan was to take some harder sport project, but eventually climbed just meters. Though “Tarzan Bundolo, 7c” felt doable and I actually did all the moves in a session and managed to climb it in two parts.

My camera was broken in May and I got it fixed just two weeks ago, so these pictures are random shots along the way.

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Season began at Olhava. Easter weekend went smoothly in a sunshine.

The Line in Finland - "Kantti"!

The Line in Finland – “Kantti”!

Busy Easter at Olhava!

Busy Easter at Olhava!

 

Aleksi had a long battle with "Flashback, 7a" at Haukkavuori.

Aleksi had a long battle with “Flashback” 7a at Haukkavuori.

Juho balancing on "4.20, 7a+".

Juho balancing on “4.20” 7a+.

Kalle and lower part of the "4.20".

Kalle and lower part of the “4.20”.

Kalle crushing "Flashback", his first 7a.

Kalle crushing “Flashback”, his first 7a.

Stellar spring weather!

Stellar spring weather!

Kalle jamming somewhere in Savo.

Kalle jamming somewhere in Savo.

Aleksi climbing a thin crack line of "Kolokelmi".

Aleksi climbing a thin crack line of “Kolokelmi”.

Top-rope soloing "Kivinen" 7a at Linnavuori.

Top-rope soloing “Kivinen” 7a at Linnavuori.

 

Juho did the first ascent to "Halkeamasoturi" 6b+.

Juho did the first ascent to “Halkeamasoturi” 6b+.

Andrej ticks "Valdemar" 6c.

Andrej ticks “Valdemar” 6c.

Andrej having fun on "Paranoid" 7a+.

Andrej having fun on “Paranoid” 7a+.

Tollonvuori action. Aleksi climbing suprisingly powerful "Toinen nainen" 6c. FA holder, Mikko Haataja belaying.

Tollonvuori action. Aleksi climbing suprisingly powerful “Toinen nainen” 6c. FA holder, Mikko Haataja belaying.

Juho making a 2nd ascent to "For those about to rock climb". Lower crack was soaking wet!

Juho making a 2nd ascent to “For those about to rock climb”. Lower crack was soaking wet!

Andrej enjoying "Juhannustanssi".

Andrej enjoying “Juhannustanssi”.

"Wot Gorilla" 6c and "Number One" 7a+ at Mustavuori are popular routes to start with.

“Wot Gorilla” 6c and “Number One” 7a+ at Mustavuori are popular routes to start with.

Andrej and unique "Kyynselkä".

Andrej and unique “Kyynselkä” at Turunvuori.

"Siili" is one of the better sport routes at Revenne.

“Siili” is one of the better sport routes at Revenne.

Juho jamming his way up on "Urkupillit".

Juho jamming his way up on “Urkupillit”.

2nd ascent of "Split" 7a at Tollonvuori.

2nd ascent of “Split” 7a at Tollonvuori.

 

In two weeks I´ll head back to my own element, which is alpine. Four months in Chamonix ahead! Hopefully all this rock climbing pays back.

Thank you all crag fellows. Such a fun spring it was!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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