Yesterday I climbed Storpillaren together with Sanna Boris Matsson. It is one of the bigger test pieces in Lofoten and a great and sustained climb on good rock. We didn’t manage to climb it completely free, but had a fun day non the less, where in no stress, went all the way up to the summit of Vågakallen and where back to the car in less than 14 hours.
Thanks Sanna for a good cragging day!
On the approach
The beautiful granite pillar
A bit of bush-whacking
The approach ledges
Sanna belaying the first pitch
Looking up at the start of the climb
Sanna following on the second pitch (6-)
And the third (7-)
Sanna leading the crux pitch (7)
The view from Storhylla
Sanna is always happy
Myself hanging out on a belay
Sanna leading another pitch (7-)
On the upper ridge
Sanna climbing on the grassy walk of shame. Above one can see the seldom climbed arete that is a bit bold. If you fall on the crux you will fall at least 20m in to a ledge. I went up to have a look but didn't think it was worth the candle and climbed back to the belay. If one doesn't climb the arete one get some "muggy" grade 5 grass climbing instead.
Sanna at the top of Storpillaren
Sanna on her way to the summit of Vågakallen with Henningsvaer in the background.
Myself and Sanna at the summit of Vågakallen in the midnight sun
Sanna, forever happy...
Sanna walking down the south face of Vågakallen