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New Bold Mixed Route in Remote Norway

Fay Manner and Freja Shannon established a big route on Norway's Senja Island

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Veteran mixed climbers Fay Manners and Freja Shannon recently made the first ascent of a bold route in Norway. Their route How Not To is a 250-metre M5 that climbs the north face of Grytetippen on Norway’s Senja Island – place with dozens of big ice routes.

This is the first route up this intimidating face, it follows steep corners and difficult pitches. No bolts were used and they had to rappel the route just before topping out on the summit due to warming temps which created dangerous conditions.

They had tried to climb other new routes in the area, but intense spindrift and snowy conditions forced them to retreat. After trying some stout looking test-piece climbs, they switched tactics from focusing on the lines of most resistance to the lines of least resistance.

The two alpine climbers also visited Scotland this winter, where they repeated several hard winter routes, including Babylon Wall VII 7 and Sioux Wall VII 8. Scroll through their social media below to see more climbing adventures.