Kebnekaise Snow and Classic Lofoten Rock

We finished the ski season on the 24th of May with some great powder skiing in the Kebnekaise Massive, up in the north of Sweden, and one day later we were climbing rock on the amazing granite spires of the Lofoten Islands just around the corner. A high contrast for the mountain guides and it reminds us again how amazing the extreme north of Scandinavia is, and now I’m looking forward to the summer season in the Alps!

Many, many thanks to all our guests for the great days this winter out on the mountains and the “Winter is Coming”. The meaning behind these words is one of warning and constant vigilance. As the Starks, being the lords of the North, we strive to always be prepared for the coming of winter!

The last month, it is becoming an annual ritual, I have been up in the north of Sweden in a place called Riksgränsen, located 200 km north of the polar circle, where I have worked for Mountain Guide Travel and their heli skiing operations. The place is situated in the region called Lapland, the land of the midnight sun, also known as Europe´s last wilderness, where we have experienced some fantastic skiing conditions. To ski fresh cold snow on the last day of work, in the end of May, can be quite thrilling, even for the mountain guides.

The stay up in the north finished with a week of instructor work for the Swedish Mountain Guides Association. The magic islands of Lofoten is the home for one of the first training courses for becoming a IFMGA/SBO mountain guide. A great place to learn the basic rock climbing skills needed as a mountain guide, where the participants are expected to be able to climb routes, with rock- and alpine boots, in a safe and efficient manner. The evenings were devoted to the IFMGA Code of Professional Conduct and the importance of the soft skills; attitudes, roles, communication between guide and guest, self-awareness and self-confidence of the guide. There was also a personal test of basic rescue scenarios and a first introduction to short rope guiding.

As always, you are welcome to join us for climbing (even ski touring!) trips in the future to the Lofoten Islands where we have a lot of interesting proposals. Please feel free to contact us for further information.

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