Sunday, 13 September 2015

Rock-climbing in Stockholm: Tantoberget

Date: 31st August, 2015

Tanto is another Rock-climbing destination in South of Stockholm, which can be easily reached by public transport.

Soon after the first climbing event in Stockholm at Münchenbryggeriet, Angie invited me for the second meetup- the afterwork climbing at Tantoberget (south of Stockholm). I somehow managed to join the group after finishing-up my classes.

This climbing event was a special one for me- I had my first fall here! Almost 12+ ft. of fall, which caused a few bruises on arms and shoulder. My head was saved from the impact because I had my helmet on (I always use a helmet). I can now say that my helmet, from Rock Empire, is tested :)  

My first lead-climb in Sweden !
On 'Med fanan i näven' grade 5+
Magnus attempting the 'White men dont jump' grade 5+

The crags in Tantoberget or 'Tanto' as it is usually called, can be reached from Zinkensdamm or Hornstull T-bana (metro). 

"If you aren't falling, you aren't trying hard enough". The fall is like a transition step in climbing which signifies advancement to next level. There are a lot of articles on the internet on 'How to fall', 'The Art of falling' etc. I highly recommend reading those articles and then you might escape the fall with a minor injuries. This article covers quite some good points-to-ponder. 

Photo credits: Sakshyam Panda

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Rock-climbing in Stockholm: Münchenbryggeriet

Date: 28th August, 2015

On the way to Climbing area
All set for climbing. And yes, helmet is must !!
I had moved recently to Stockholm for my studies and I was looking for an adventure group to engage myself with. After doing a little search on the internet, I found the details of a climber who organizes outdoor climbing events in Stockholm. An event was fixed and I decided to join him, with two other climbers. I had a harness, helmet, climbing shoes (the blue La Sportiva, which I was going to use for the first time), a few carabiners and a sling. Angie had the ropes with him and the QD's which we used to open the routes.

Here, these kind of events are called 'After-work events', where you would hang around after work, instead of heading straight home.

Map of the location
The huge brown building across the water-body is the
Stockholm City Hall
where the Nobel Prize ceremony takes place
Click here to get the location of the crag. I took the metro from Kista to Zinkensdamm. Münchenbryggeriet can be reached by taking a small 5min walk and you can find the climbing area on Münchensbacken. You can get a nice view of the Stockholm city hall, and is supposedly a best place to hang around, just to have a glimpse of the Sunset. I couldn't help notice this one weird thing i.e. to have the climbing area just beside the main road.

Without Climbers
With Climbers
This was my first climbing event in Stockholm since my arrival here. I hope I am able to continue this here ! I have promised Angie that I will accompany him for his future events too. Stay tuned for more. 

Saturday, 5 September 2015

Northern terrain hike (Near Vallentuna)

Date: Sept. 2015
Expenses: Just travelling expenses (SL Linje 676 mot Norrtalje)
Hike was organised by Nils

Group pic

More info to follow....