Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Shots of the legends 2014 - Problem nr.1

As I did not post all the photos I took at the La Sporiva legends only in November, I though I could use them in this time of having nothing better to share. A desperate try to fill out the void that is the issue of not having climbed much in the past months.

Legends Only 2014

Legends Only 2014

Legends Only 2014

Legends only 2014


/DO

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

2014

Yet another year goes by. A year that I'd quite like to be erased from the history of time. So much happened, that I could never have predicted. Things that still is affecting me and forever will. Of course it's not been all bad. The time in Turkey was very stimulating. Not only in terms of climbing, but more than that on a personal level. The day I stepped on the flight back home, I felt more in peace than I think I've been in years. But still, I would trade every good experience if some things would never have happened.

Normally, this annual summary turns in to something of a long winded story. But as I have not travelled, or even climbed as much as in the last couple of years, I don't feel I can put much more to words then the lines above. So to save my self from even having to try,  I will fall back on the frequently used expression, that a picture says more than a thousand words.

Boulderkeskus Isatis grand opening
First weekend of Febuary, I was in Helsinki for the grand opening of Boulderkeskus Isatis.

Geyik Bayiri

Nalle

Olympos beachhang
Olympos beachhang, Turkey. Photo: Natalia Polo López.

Flame of fame 8a, Trebenna, Turkey. Photo: Mikael Ylinen.
 
Pappa i svampskogen

For a couple of days more, I will be hanging out with my family back home. After that, I'm really looking forward to going back to Stockholm. I think, for the first time ever, I found an everyday life that I could acctually see my self being happy with for more than a couple of months. I'll see what 2015 has got to offer, but for now I feel Stockholm is the place for me to be.


Best new year wishes to all of you!
/DO

Monday, December 29, 2014

Arnhem land 7C+


Danny Salata Arnhem land, Solsidan

Danny Salata Arnhem land, Solsidan
Danny Salata working Arnhem land on a grim October afternoon. A problem that I would say deserves more attention than it seems to be getting. It offers cool movements on high quality granite and can be strongly recomended among the Stockholm gems.


/DO

Friday, December 19, 2014

Looking back...

...at a March afternoon in Turkey. Flo, Mette, Ry and I went to check out Antalya and eventually rounded the day off with an epic 14 course meal at 7 Mehmet restaurant.
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Antalya

Road to Antalya

Antalya

Antalya

Antalya

Antalya

Antalya

Antalya

Antalya

Antalya

Antalya


/DO

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Danny vs. Rhinestone


Untitled
Danny Salata doing a quick ascent of Rhinestone in Simonstorp, outside Norrköping. He actually 
managed to fall off the last easy move more times than he failed the crux.


/DO

Monday, December 15, 2014

Showdown 7b, Geyik bayırı


Sander Werelds

Sander Werelds Showdown

Sander Werelds Showdown
Sander Mundos struggling to find a working foot-sequence to do the crux of Showdown.


/DO

Sunday, December 7, 2014

La sportiva legends only 2014

This weekend, for the second year, I was invited to take photos at the annual La Sportiva Legends only competition at Klättercentret here in Stockholm. It was great to see for myself that, just as people has been telling me, this is an event that gets better for each year, even though it's hard to anticipate.

This is a word that seems to have spread, as people were travelling from all over Europe, to catch this years competition live. Daniel Woods, Jimmy Webb, Alexander Megos, Jan Hojer, Adam Ondra and Jernej Kruder formed a line-up hard to beat and I guess no one had to feel worried or ashamed about not making the podium.

Theroutesetting-team led by Robert Rundin, Joakim Berglund and Stefan Eklund, withassistance from Sean McColl and Kilian Fischhuber, really did an amazing job setting the boulders. They managed to put up five awesome looking climbs in different styles and difficulty. Adam Ondra showed no mercy and pretty much walked up every boulder, which I can assure you were all incredibly, f***ing hard.

The only person rivalling Adam in terms of performance was David Höglund, a.k.a Daddy Legend, behind the DJ booth. He really brought the atmosphere to another level with his tunes. Those of you who were not there and did not catch the competition over the livestream, can still watch it here, or check out a shorter summary by Epic TV.

After the comp finished the competitiors, audience and everyone involved in the event, went across the street to Tell Us bar for the legendary afterparty. David brought his discs and kept spinning them until early next morning. Just as last year I ended up emptying my camera battery and filling up my memory card. People has been asking me if I got any good shots. My respons to them has been, that if not at least a couple of pictures turnes out decent, I will sell my camera. I'm still not sure, but for the moment I guess I can consider keeping it for at least another year, in case I would happen to be invited for a third try.

Legends only 2014

Legends only 2014

Legends only 2014

Legends only 2014

Legends only 2014

Legends only 2014

Legends only 2014

Legends only 2014


/DO

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Wong sai 7B+, Orminge


Wong sai 7B+, Orminge

Wong sai 7B+, Orminge
Fernando Lomba working Wong sai.


/DO

Monday, November 24, 2014

The Gymfejden final - A post by Björn Pohl

Since the dawn of time, by which I mean the last decade or so, the Stockholm climbing gyms have been in a state of cold war. Maybe not very cold and not exactly a war either, but still. There has been some kind of...rivalry I suppose.

So, anyway, the gyms want to prove that anyone who make the decision to train at their particular gym end up better, stronger and generally more attractive than those going to the other walls. Needless to say, the other gyms don't necessarily agree. This year, to solve the matter they came up with the idea for "Gymfejden" (in English "The feud of the gyms"), a competition running for six weeks, where the climbers were to venture in to enemy territory, i.e different walls, which each hosted 20 competition problems.

Those brave enough were given a scorecard on which do scribble down their daring deeds and when the dust had settled. only six climbers from each gym remained for the final battle. This event was held last Friday at Klättercentret Telefonplan a.k.a K2.

Each team had ten minutes to get as many team members, up as many of the six final problems as possible. Team K2 used the advantage of being at their home court and climbed their way to victory. The remaining four gyms were all given 2nd spot, because as we all know, it's all about winning anyway...

Gymfejden final

Gymfejden final

Gymfejden final

Gymfejden final

Gymfejden final
DO: Since I was not competing, I siezed the opportunity to take some photos (more to come...).


/Björn Pohl