BACK HOME IN ÅRE FOR A WEEK
One week touch down home in Åre. It´s been a lot of planning for the next 2 month that I will:
– be away-home in the alpes again
– work with new climbing-events and as a instructor indoor climbing in Stockholm
– guiding a new hike trip thru Systrar i bergen to Björkliden and Riksgränsen and hopefully a new weekend to Majorca awaits with rock climbing.
I was summarazing my last month and could see that I really put a lot off effort into my climbing. So much that I actually miss running a lot right now! Instead of focusing on going out for hiking, running and gym sessions (which I usually tend to do often), I instead took every chance I could to get as much time as possible on the rock. Pre-summer goal was to reach a level where I trust my lead climbing, isn´t that scare to fall (still sometimes have this battle with freights of heights) and to start again with traditional climbing and train even more in climbing safety and rope techniques.
I must say that I truly achieved what I put up as goal pre-summer.
In total the last month I have been climbing outdoor 13 days and been instructing several events where partipicants thru Systrar i bergen been able to try top rope-climbing in Stockholm.
I just love to work outdoors! But also to explore and connect with the mountains and nature. It all motivates me to keep grow and expand my own limits in each new adventure. I want to do much more of this, and so I will.
CLIMBING OUTSIDE OF ÅRE
Last summer I became a (Swedish) Hjälpinstruktör. This is the first step if you wanna go further to the exam as a rock climbing instructor.
My course as a Hjälpinstruktör was hold at a rock called Stugun, it´s about 140 km from Åre but I think it´s definitely the best climbing area in Jämtland.
This week I had the opportunity to go back climbing in Stugun with two Åre-friends. It felt good to be back and it makes me happy pushing my level thru climbing to new grades these days. We did sport climbing with quick draws / expresses and traditional climbing with friends and nuts.
So far this summer I managed to lead in sport climbing a 6B- and in traditional climbing me and Ivar, actually we picked the wrong route in the start, so we did a 6A+-6B-. When we where suppose to make a 5-!
I would NEVER tried to lead with friends and nuts if I knew about the level. This makes me tho wanna push my grades harder. I think I can beat it. Because it´s obvious that my biggest challenge at the moment is my fear of falling.
When I push myself in climbing I need to go into myself. It´s almost like when I go into meditation. Breathing, letting thoughts out of control, feel my body getting in contact with the rock and the movements are always with trust and patience. There´s no such thing as ”time or time limit”, it´s not important. What´s important is to listen to my inner, keep my confidence and to feel trust in my belay-partner. Than – I am ready to GO for the next higher move!