Neil Gresham
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Mr.Freeze WI6, 1st ascent
In January 2008, a team consisting of Ian Parnell, Ramon Marin, Sandy Ogilvie and myself set out to Iceland to investigate some enticing rumors of ice climbing on sea cliffs. It seemed like a long-shot, but we were utterly blown away by what we found. The cliffs of Kaldakin in the North West turned out to be an ice climber’s paradise. We repeated some of the classics and added a stunning new route up a fragile freestanding WI 6 pillar, which I named ‘Mr.Freeze’. We stayed in a warm and welcoming farmhouse nearby and drove along the beach to get to the crag in our 4x4! For those after a new ice climbing experience, there is nothing to match the sensation of ice climbing with the ocean crashing away in the background. Conditions are reliable in January and February, but be warned, the weather can be pretty severe!
Mr.Freeze WI6, 1st ascent
Mr.Freeze WI6, 1st ascent
Photo: Alastair Lee