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Rannveig Aamodt - Climbing in Romsdal

Rannveig Aamodt climbs in Romsdal, Norway. It is known as a premier destination for all types of climbing, mountaineering and skiing

Romsdal Norway is known as a premier destination for all types of climbing, mountaineering and skiing

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I grew up among the wild mountains of Romsdal, which is famous for its steep mountains, deep valleys, and spectacular beauty. Romsdal is home to Europe’s tallest vertical rock face - the Troll Wall, at over 3,300 feet high. The area is known as being one of Norway's best trad climbing destinations but it's great for all types of rock climbing, bouldering, mountaineering, ski touring and ice climbing.

Rannveig Aamodt climbs up Europe's tallest vertical rock race, the Troll Wall in Romsdal, Norway

I lived in Romsdal before I moved to Colorado, and the accessibility to the high mountains and the variety of everything from bouldering to big wall climbing all in one area is what I like the most about the region. Of course, it's also one of the reasons I really like living in Colorado as well.

One of my favorite routes in Romsdal is the northeast wall of Store Trolltind. (The Big Troll Pinnacle). It is the highest of the jagged peaks encircling the Troll Wall. On the last part of the route you're climbing up the Northeast edge, an incredible knifeblade ridge. It's exposed and it looks really brutal from distance, but once you're up there it's mostly fourth classing with a couple of spots of super easy climbing. From the top you can look 3300 feet straight down onto the Troll Wall on one side, and down into a huge glacier on the other side.

Rannveig Aamodt and friends descend off of Sore Trolltind on The Big Troll Pinnacle in Romsdal, Norway

Another one of my favorite routes is the south pillar of a mountain called "Mongejura." It's a beautiful 24-pitch trad route that goes up the north side of the valley. It has three pitches of 5.10, and the rest is easier climbing on ledges, fourth classing and pitches up 5.8 and 5.9.

This climb has a special place in me because of its history. I remember as a kid, my older brother (my hero at that point) came back from climbing it. He was pretty new to climbing himself. I was listening to him and his friends tell stories about getting lost and how they had to overnight at one of the ledges up there. I was looking at their beaten up hands, which looked like they had just come back from a battle field. I could see in their eyes a certain spark, as if they'd seen something that you couldn't even imagine unless you'd been out there yourself. I later recognized this "glow" in a lot of mountaineers' and climbers' eyes. It stays young, however old the person is.

Rannveig Aamodt climbs the south pillar of Mongejura near Romsdal, Norway

The climbing conditions there can be challenging since the summers are often sieged by wet, Atlantic coastal weather. All the rain and snow melt creates waterfalls cascading down the granite walls on each side of the valley, making the area shine with a bright, lush green when the weather clears.

In the winter, the sun only shines a few hours a day. The temperatures can drop to well below zero and the waterfalls freeze into 2000-foot columns of ice, turning the place into a playground for ice climbers.

Rannveig Aamodt climbs through wet, coastal weather at Romsdal, Norway during a photo shoot of her brother's book project "Romsdal Exposed"

On my last few trips home, I've helped my brother with his book project that will be finished by early November this year. It's called "Romsdal Exposed" and will be sort of like the 50 Classics of North America, in that it will have tons of amazing photos, stories and the history of Romsdal as a extreme sport destination. The book will be written in both Norwegian and English and sold online at

Rannveig Aamodt climbs trad and pulls a lay back at Romsdal, Norway for a photo shoot of her brother's book project "Romsdal Exposed"

Photos: © Nathan Welton and © Terje Aamodt

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Rannveig Aamodt Rannveig Aamodt is a member of the La Sportiva Climbing Team.

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6/1/2015 10:07 AM
Posted in Climbing By Rannveig Aamodt

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posted on 11/19/2017 6:32 PM
Hi! My husband, daughter and I are visiting Norway in June! Excited, as it is my homeland. We are also climbers and are having a hard time finding a good book on trad routes, in English. Any recommendations!?? We really wish your book was out now!
Thanks so much for your time,
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