Today I'm leaving Font to go home and see family and friends over Christmas. I am really looking forward to the holidays and to getting back to Sweden for a while. At the moment I am feeling pretty trashed, both physically and mentally, so I think a little break will do me good.
Overall this autumn has been great for me. I feel like I have moved forward as a climber. I may not be much stronger physically than I have been before, perhaps I'm even weaker, but mentally I have gained allot of strenght and I think my technique has improved a bit too. This despite the fact that I have been forced to more restdays than I would have wished for due to bad weather. At this point however, unlike before, I have learnt to except that when being on a long climbing-trip you will be dealing with times when the rain just pours down to heavy for it to be possible to climb, no matter how psyched you are.
I don't know how much climbing I will be doing until the 7th of january, when I'm returning to the forrest. I probably won't be posting as much stuff here on the blog, not to start with at least. I have learn't that it's good to, once in a while, relax my self from climbing completely, to recover both muscles and mind. I am still very psyched and excited to come back here in the beginning of next year, but until then I am just going to enjoy lazy days and off course, some christmas food!
Thriller is an awesome, very tricky dyno located close to the start of the orange circuit in Rocher des Demoiselles. It was put up by Gérald Coste and Tony Fouchereau, and according to Bleau.info, it had not been climbed by anyone but them and Neil before I did it last weekend. The reason to that is probably that people don't know about it beeing there, but I hope the word about this cool problem will spread. Photos: Henrik Hult.
During the first week of November I went back to Albarracin with Neil and his son Thomas. We got five days climbing in good conditions, before a nasty rainweather rolled in and made us head back to Font a couple of days earlier than planned.
We decided in the car on the way down that we would try to film eachother as much as possible, something Neil stuck to and I didn't. The outcome of it all was me having loads of awesome footage of me climbing to use for this edit. All thanks to Neil, who also did allot of climbing, but without getting as much caught on camera for his video (Once again, sorry mate!)...
It had bin years since the last time I tried Sur-prises when we arrived in Isatis last week, and remebering it being very hard I couldn't ever imagine climbing it in the prevailing conditions. However, I have surprised my self a few times lately, and I did again climbing this classic in just a few goes (Btw. Neil's legs has grown out of proportions lately, which is why he can rest his elbow on top of the boulder). Photo: Henrik Hult.
Working out the moves on Home in Demoiselles in terrible conditions. At first I thought that maybe I would be able to link it in spite of the lack of good friction, but soon realized that it wasn't going to happen and left it for another day... Photo: Henrik Hult.
Min vän Fredrik Schenholm som sedan 2005 arbetat som professionell äventyrsfotograf och som vid flera tillfällen tagit bilder på mig, har precis släppt sin första bok - Äventyrsfotoboken. I den har jag den stora äran att synas på flera uppslag, något jag förstås är både stolt och glad över. Eftersom jag dessutom är väldigt intresserad av att fota, och ständigt försöker bättra på mina foto-skills, kan jag inte vänta på att få lägga vantarna på ett ex då jag är övertygad om att den kommer vara mycket läsvärd.
Fredrik om boken: Boken följer mitt arbetsflöde i nio steg (kapitel). Bokens mål är att minska läsarens/fotografens turfaktor och ersätta det med kunskap. Det ska inte behövas 100 bilder för att få till en bra bild. Boken visar hur det går till att ta en äventyrsbild. Från att hitta rätt och inspirerande miljö till kompositionsidéer. Den går igenom kamerautrustningen och dess inställningar, tips hur man får bilderna skarpa och exponeringsteknik. Även tankar kring fotoögonblicket, bildbehandlingen samt vad man ska och inte ska göra vid bildförsäljning. Jag vill att boken ska inspirera folk att ta med kameran ut på sina äventyr.
Last week I managed to climb the Cuvier-classic, L'Aérodynamite. In the photo I am at the perhaps most crucial point of the climb, getting the toe in the pocket which is very difficult to see. Photo: Henrik Hult.