Monday, April 18, 2011


As you know, now it's easter holly-day, and we have planed to travel 1200km north, to Bodo, and then to take the ferry to the wonderfull Lofoten islands. hopefully we will bring you back some nice pictures :)

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Telemark Skiing !

On Wednesday we went to kongsberg to enjoy the last snow, we had a lesson of Telemark skiing! invented in the Telemark area where our university is located! We started first on a little slope where we had to go up like this....

...and down like this.... or maybe not exactly like this but we are here to learn.

After one hour of training, our skiing technique started to look like telemark.
So we could now go to the next level.

The next level was on the big slope with our cross country skis :) (By chance, I had a mix between cross country and telemark skis.)

And after some more hours training we started by looking like professionals :) or at least if someone was watching us he could recognize that we where practising telemark skiing.

Thanks to Robert for the nice lesson :)


Like I said, with the nice weather comes the climbing time, so on Thursday we went Mathilde and I to do some bouldering at a place near the university (around 20 minuts of walking). The aera is very nice, it was a little bit difficult to find, because there is another cliff just under, but it was totally wet.
The good bouldering place is just above :)
We started with some easy boulders to warm up.

The cliff is more vertical than the one we where climbing on in the lessons, and also more difficult. The grips are little, and not a lot feet grips. But the cliff is very nice situated with a view on the lake and a good reception area.

We stayed there for five hours, trying and creation boulders, eating, sleeping, enjoying nature.

At around 3:30pm, Jan, Adam, Marie and Greg joined us to climb.
They made a little fire, unfortunatelly we had no saussages, we will organise a barbecue next time :)

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Climbing season have started !

The sun is coming out very early, there are no clouds, it's warm, and there is not snow any more, so now, the outdoor climbing season can start! We had our first outdoor climbing lesson with Geir.
After a little warming up, we went to the rocks to have a little session of bouldering.

Geir have showed us different ways of to put our feet on the rock, the way of staying in balance. What is very nice outside is that on this kind of not steep wall it's not at all about strength, has everyone could think, but it's about putting our feet exactly on the good place, being confident, and about balance.

The second part of the lesson was a more free part, where we could choice the boulder we wanted, and we could by couples go and try to reach the top. 

I had of course a very nice time because I love climbing, but the other students told me also that they appreciated a lot :). To finish this nice afternoon Mathilde and I decided to climb the troll stone at the university, the west face, and the south face of the stone. ( on the picture the face in front you can see, and the one on the left)

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Blefjell 2nd day

The 2nd day after a very windy night, i woke up, the sun was up since about one hour, and at my great surprise everyone was still sleeping, even this 4 persons who haven't felt that their roof have fallen on their heads during the night.

Because now i was awake, i wouldn't go back to sleep, i decided to go for a little trip on my own to have a nice view on the lake and all around. I took my skis and went up for half an hour to a little top from where i could look at the camp and see if someone was decided to put his nose outside the warm tent.

I went back to the camp because i saw some movement there. After a nice breakfast in the wind, we went to a learning objectif which i was looking forward to: reading a snow profile. The idea is to find a place where there is enouth snow (in this season), and to cut a part in the snow to read the evetual danger for the risk of avalanche, this method is called the norwegian method or the test of Faarlund. There are of course other tests that you can do, but it was nice to have some more info about it.

After that we had lunch, and because of the extreme hard wind, we decided to go back to the bus, the funny part started, because we didn't have to ski, we could just stay on our skis on the lake, and the wind did the rest. we where back home very fast! When we left the lakes, we came into a very deep and wet snow, where we had some problems to go down.
We all came safe back home after a nice trip, and on the road back we had a lot of tree fallen on the road.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Trip with the university to Blefjell

I just come back from a nice trip to Blefjell with the university, we stayed there for two days, and enjoyed the beautiful sun, and the hard wind.
The ski trip from where the bus to the place where we were going to set up the tent was quite short, we had in the beginning a little up hill, where a lot of us were in trouble with this deep wet snow. And after we had to cross several frozen lakes.

After having crossed three lakes, we arrived at our camp place. where we had a good lunch, and then we started by putting up the tents.

We had a quite lazy afternoon, we enjoyed the sun, we went fishing, and collecting wood, and those who wanted could go on little trip on skis, but because of the wind most of us just layed enjoying the sun.

we had also a monkey sleeping in the three (very uncommon in norway).

We had a nice evening around the fire, with a very good meal made by the cooking group.
And after a little discussion about outdoor life, we went in our warm sleeping bags, protected from the wind, to have a good night. be continued....

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Trip from Bolkesjo to Selsli Cabin

This is a nice trip you can do: you start from bolkesjo (19km from Notodden), and there you start walking for about 4 hours to Selsli Cabin. We started with my mother, my ant, my Girlfriend and I walking with snowshoes in direction of Selsli.

The weather was fine, we could cross the lake, the ice was still strong enough!
While walking we had the pleasure to meet a beaver hut, and they have started working, a lot of trees were on the ground. they did a good job!

We arrived to Selsli cabin before that the sun goes under, so we went to the top at 810 moh. From where you have a very nice view on blefjell, and also on the big frozen lake near Bolkesjo.
Some erasmus will recognize this top, they went there during on of the first trips in of last semester, the without teacher trip.

Tomorrow we are going for a little 2 day trip in blefjell where there is still some snow. We will enjoy.