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This was "fun for the boys" evening. My colleague Terje Bergset and I headed to Sukkertoppen via "Trollråsa" (the name I have assigned, while waiting for an older name to surface). I had no clue about how Terje would respond to steep terrain, but being a ski-jumper, I assumed his psyche was -much- stronger than mine. I was right on that part...
On the upper part of the route, we reached a cliff wall that can either be passed to the left, or climbed straight up (class 3). This climb took us to a 5,5m high wall, which Terje immediately took fancy on. The route difficulty was in the range 5.6-5.7 (I assume). There was a ledge half-way, but it slanted downwards. There was no direct exposure if we stayed on the left side, and we would have to be quite unlucky in order to fall all the way back to the foot of the cliff.
No, not THAT way, I said, as it was not part of the route. But Terje wouldn't listen. He "pitched" it on the first attempt (no ropes involved). I tried to follow, but when I discovered he had used grass as handholds, I pshyched out. For now. I knew immediately that I would come back, clean up this grass and climb it. This pitch has now been named Ikke DEN veien (Not THAT way)
Very content about his efforts, Terje now pointed at every possible route on the steep cliffs surrounding us. I had to bring him back to reality, and we continued scrambling the established route. We reached the top 18:30PM, after having spent approx. 50 minutes on our way from the Aquarium. The large vessel Queen Elisabeth II was heading out Storfjorden, into the sunshine out in the ocean. A nice view, it was.
On the way down, we earned "extra credits" for passing under the big rock that marks the beginning of the steeper section of the west ridge. I guess I got "extra, extra credits" for climbing backwards, back up again. Still, the "credits" didn't make up for the solid defeat I suffered on Ikke DEN veien. We could have spent the entire evening on this ridge, but it was time to head home.
Map: We followed the green route on this trip
Up to the steeper section
Ikke DEN veien!
The final section to the top
Views from the top
The "Extra credit" rock
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