Last weekend I took part in the Stockholm Climbing Festival. It was a really fun and warm weekend with a lot of great climbers. The highlight was definitely to watch Alexander Megos climb, really inspiring!
The past few weeks has been quite pact with climbing. Directly after finishing the antibiotics cure everything felt hard but it gradually got better.
Time for the Nordic Youth Championship in Helsinki, Finland. Qualification 1 went without difficulty. Qualification 2, I did not climb perfectly but it went ok. Ended up as fourth, ready for the final next day.
The warmup before the final felt great and I was ready to climb. I felt a bit nervous while tying in but as soon touched the starting holds it all went away. The first section went superb, climbed without hesitation and found a good rest around 25 moves up. Unfortunately just a few moves later a small miscalculation caused me to come off the wall way too early. Falling off feeling completely fresh might be the most frustrating thing in a competition but it happens and it is just to stay positive and look forward.
Luckily, other Swedes experienced a better day than me and overall Sweden was awarded quite a few medals. Weld done!
I will start my last year of school tomorrow, Monday!
Unfortunately, I caught a bad and long
lasting cold just before Chamonix, which never really wanted to go away. However, after finishing a 10 days antibiotics cure a few
days ago it is, finally, time to catch up with some serious training again. Luckily
I still have three weeks of holidays left; sometimes it is really good to be a student!
I also have a couple of fun plans for the next month.
In the end of august, just before school starts, I will compete in the Nordic
Championship in Finland. The weekend after I will take part in Stockholm
Climbing Club’s 40-year anniversary. Granitbiten is the main sponsor of the event,
so I will have the honour to help them out.
I have been dreaming to go alpine climbing in Chamonix for years. Last week I finally got my chance when I arrived in the small valley. I was also joined by some amazing people, which made this trip even better.
We had very warm weather with a lot of sunshine and no wind; something most people enjoy. I however am different, and prefer colder weather with some wind... At least the weather did not interfere with our plans.
Olle belaying Annika
During the week, our guide, Martin, introduced us to all kinds of techniques required to stay safe on the mountains. He took us to incredible places! Most of the time we were alone alpine climbing. We barely met other climbers. I know for sure I will come back!
Bouldering with the team
As we returned down to the valley after three consecutive days on the mountain, we got the chance to meet up with climbers from the Swedish Team (and Danish).
holiday finally started last Thursday.
Unfortunately, I cannot relax completely from school, as the list of
books to read and essays to be written over the summer is still very long. However, I will definitely not complain
because I will still have more time to climb!
I already got to spend three days in Peak District. During the first two days, the English
weather showed us what it is capable; it almost rained nonstop. But no matter what type of weather is showing
it self, it is always possible to find dry rock!
Sorting out the gear after onsighting Tippler Direct E3 6a
day in Peak District was much better and I particularly liked the cold temperatures
and the strong winds. I got the chance
to climb some classical trad routes on the famous Stanage Edge. This was a true mental game! Being 15 meters
up on the wall knowing that your last small cam is 6 meters below you, even
when the climbing is easy, can be quite daunting.
Cleaning another brilliant route
it was great mental preparation for my alpine trip to Chamonix this
Saturday. I haven't been this excited
for a trip in a long time; I cannot wait to be introduced to a new dimension of
This weekend I competed in the Swedish Junior Championships in lead climbing. On Saturday I arrived at the arena feeling
excited to meet my friends again and to do my best in the competition.
The qualification went well; I topped both
routes, and I shared first place with Hannes Puman (who achieve an amazing 2nd
place at the Youth World Championship last year). In the final I kept my nerves
well together; I climbed well and efficiently up to a couple of moves below the
top. Then a miscalculation caused me to fall off. Hannes won gold and I got the
silver medal; a result I am extremely pleased with!
A big thanks to all those who made this
Sunday involved a short and sunny visit to
örnberget, my old home-crag in stockholm, with my friend Olle (who got the
bronze), before it was time to head back home to london.