Author Archives: Sampsa Jyrkynen

Caucasus Climbing: Svanetia logistics

The Soviets have climbed extensively in Caucasus before the collapse of the USSR in 1991. Many routes date back to that time and there is very little information about the new ones. The most recent guidebook was published in 1991 … Continue reading

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Caucasus Climbing: Ushba part 2

During the first try we learned we weren’t fit enough for a fast ascent. Instead, we decided to have the slow approach. In practical terms this was a four day approach plan with a fast summit day. The key was … Continue reading

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Caucasus Climbing: Ushba part 1

In 2011 as I got home from Patagonia I decided I’d be focusing on the regions with less travel distance from home. I was thinking the air travel took way too much time. Now after having visited Caucasus I still … Continue reading

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Norway Ice Climbing

After having failed with ice climbing on the Alps we headed for Norway which has most roadside ice anywhere. Some people say the weather is rather poor in Norway but in my experience it’s always been good. In 2010 we … Continue reading

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