Neil Gresham
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Hinderfossen WI 6 (Hemsedal) Norway
Although Rjukan is the area that everyone talks about for Norwegian ice, we were tipped that the more remote region of Hemsedal had greater potential for new routes with a bigger feel to them. I set out with Tim Emmett, Mark Garthwaite, Ian Parnell, Sandy Ogilvie and Chris Cubitt and after a 21 hour ferry crossing followed by a 12 hour drive, we felt about as uninspired as could be imagined. But Hemesedal didn't disappoint and throughout the following week we were treated to a series of magnificent water ice climbs. The highlight had to be Hinderfossen, a 5 pitch WI6 which meanders through a vertical maze of giant mushrooms and cauliflowers and presented some of the freakiest ice architecture I've ever seen. We hooked our axes around giant gargoyles and mantleshelved onto dragons heads. If anyone has ever thought that all ice climbing is the same then this is undoubtedly a route to check out.
Hinderfossen WI 6
Hinderfossen WI 6
Photo: Gresham Col.