Yesterday I had a really nice training session and the weather was impeccable. I rode my bike to Sipoo with the skis on my back flapping in the wind. I then continued on in the long valley along a very nice ski trail. It was pretty fun as it weaves in between all the farms and has some nice hills in it. Then after a nice out and back, I headed home the same way with a big sun scorched smile on my face. I couldn't believe the weather and the further I went the faster I was getting. In the end I ended up doing about 4.5 hours of training which isn't too much, but still nice. It was pretty awesome day out. Next week I will try to do the 'Tour de Sipoo' by skis. Should be fun!
This last Tuesday evening Juppe and I headed out to do my climbing project in Sipoo.
It was pretty intense but I managed the first ascent! =) The route which is about 25m (82ft) high goes up a vertical thin smear of ice to some thicker ice and a overhanging mixed section at the top. I did it protected with trad gear (cams and ice screws). It was my first official attempt so I was pretty stoked. Physically even though the route was steep it felt fine but it was a very hard route mentally. There are many things that went wrong with the film.
1. I accidentally left the camera in manual focus....so it is slightly out of focus all the time.
2. We had a light malfunction where our big light stopped working properly
3. The camera turned off before I reached the top. I was climbing very slow due to the bad ice so I had to be very careful. I started climbing after about 8min... then the camera shut off at 29.30. I edited out the parts where I was placing most of the gear.
4. The bottom camera as a backup didn't work in the top section so you can't really see me finish up the route. In hind sight I should have tried to re film the top section. I will have to try a film it again next year as the conditions are getting worse there.
In anycase I did the first ascent! I named it 'Bozemanator' since it goes over a summer route named 'The Bozeman'. I was thinking to give the route a M6 grade but I added the plus(+) since the top section was quite tricky and I had to do some one arm pull ups. Thanks to Juppe for being patient and also helping out!
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