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Caroline George Climbs Above the Norwegian Sea in Lofoten
Posted on August 23, 2015

Yoga on the summit of the Goat, Svolvaer in the distance, Lofoten, Norway

Caroline George has developed a relationship with Scandanavia. Between ice climbing missions, ski touring trips and climbing sagas, she’s become a bit of a superfan of a region known for its stark topography, wilderness ethic, stunning fjords and Viking heritage. Her latest trip resulted in spectacular images of towering big wall climbs near the Arctic Circle above the Lofoten archipelago in Norway’s extreme north, so we couldn’t help but share the visual inspiration. It is a classic example of the wild beauty that has made Caroline such a fan. —LYA Editor

Climbing the second pitch of Angel Wings on The Goat above Svolvaer, the oldest town in Norway's far north

Intro by Caroline George, Images by Kristin Folsand Olsen

They say, “third time’s the charm”. This was my third time in Lofoten this year and each time charmed me equally as much. After discovering and sharing this magical sea-to-summit archipelago on skis with clients, I daydreamed of what such a magical place would look like in the summer, sharing a rope with a friend on the perfect granite spires rising straight of the ocean. From endless sparkling oceans to infinite granite lines, to white sand beaches contrasting with the bright green moss covered rocks, to blue and moody skies, the unpredictable landscape and weather provided us with one of the most spectacular experience yet.

 

Top: Yoga on the summit of the Goat, Svolvaer in the distance, Lofoten, Norway

Above: Climbing the second pitch of Angel Wings on The Goat above Svolvaer, the oldest town in Norway’s far north

L to R: 1. Caroline George pulling the crux on Similarillon (grade 7) on Gandalf in Henningsvaer, a  small fishing village in the Lofoten archipelago. 2. Rope coiling on top of Gandalf face with Henningsvaer in the distance, a nordland of distinctive scenery, open sea and sheltered coves. 3. All smiles on a perfect blue bird day on Korstoget (the Crusade) on Presten (grade 7) in a geographic zone that experiences one of the world’s largest elevated temperature anomalies relative to its high latitude

 

L to R: 1. One of the crux pitches on Presten’s uber classic Vestpillaren (grade 6), the most famous route in Lofoten. 2. Topping out The Slanting Corner, disco style, on another one of the crux pitches on Vestpillaren (467m, grade 6) above the emerald waters of the Norwegian sea. 3. Top of Presten with typical Norwegian weather, shrouded mists and open seas

Below: Caroline George, Scandinavian superfan, on the boat ride to Helvetstinden in the Lofoten Archipelago, Norway

Caroline George, Scandinavian superfan, on the boat ride to Helvetstinden in the Lofoten Archipelago, Norway

 

Check out the First Ascent series of technical outerwear Caroline utilized in Lofoten at eddiebauer.com.

Author: - Sunday, August 23rd, 2015
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