Monday, November 24, 2014

The Gymfejden final - A post by Björn Pohl

Since the dawn of time, by which I mean the last decade or so, the Stockholm climbing gyms have been in a state of cold war. Maybe not very cold and not exactly a war either, but still. There has been some kind of...rivalry I suppose.

So, anyway, the gyms want to prove that anyone who make the decision to train at their particular gym end up better, stronger and generally more attractive than those going to the other walls. Needless to say, the other gyms don't necessarily agree. This year, to solve the matter they came up with the idea for "Gymfejden" (in English "The feud of the gyms"), a competition running for six weeks, where the climbers were to venture in to enemy territory, i.e different walls, which each hosted 20 competition problems.

Those brave enough were given a scorecard on which do scribble down their daring deeds and when the dust had settled. only six climbers from each gym remained for the final battle. This event was held last Friday at Klättercentret Telefonplan a.k.a K2.

Each team had ten minutes to get as many team members, up as many of the six final problems as possible. Team K2 used the advantage of being at their home court and climbed their way to victory. The remaining four gyms were all given 2nd spot, because as we all know, it's all about winning anyway...

Gymfejden final

Gymfejden final

Gymfejden final

Gymfejden final

Gymfejden final
DO: Since I was not competing, I siezed the opportunity to take some photos (more to come...).


/Björn Pohl

Saturday, November 22, 2014

In between goes


 Simonstorp
Sydde catching some (not so fresh) air between goes in Simonstorp.


/DO

Monday, November 17, 2014

Mr. Salata Medina


Simonstorp
The strongboy of Karbin (a Stockholm climbinggym) doing the crux cross-move of Den näkna kocken assis 8A.


/DO

Monday, November 10, 2014

Erik Carlsson kan också vara bäst 8A, Simonstorp


Simonstorp
Sydde showed no mercy on any of the problems that he pulled on during our brief visit to Simonstorp a couple of weeks ago. Here he is 
doing the last hard move of "Erik Carlsson kan också vara bäst!".


/DO

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Duyugu

During my time in Turkey I was fortunet to get to meet Duygu Yarsur. A person that not only is extremely friendly and fun to hang out with at the crag, but also an incredibly talented climber (and a master at baking cakes). She gave me more than one technique lesson for climbing on limestone. The perhaps biggest epiphany was seeing her using kneebars. The first route I climbed with beta from her was Turkish airlines in Citdibi. I think I used about half of the kneebars she recommended and still my knee's where blue the next day.

Dyugu

Dyugu Turkish airlines
Dyugu climbing Turkish airlines in Citdibi


/DO

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Perfect timing


Danny Salata Arnhem land, Solsidan

 Danny Salata Arnhem land, Solsidan
Danny Salata firing Arnhem land at Solsidan, just as the rain is about to start. That was about it for that day since by the time he was back on the ground, the holds where getting soaked.


/DO

Friday, October 31, 2014

Rhinestone, Simonstorp


Simonstorp

UntitledFredrik Sydstrand rolling up his sleeves (and trousers) to give Rhinestone a go.


/DO

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Wong sai 7B+


Wong sai 7B+, Orminge
Jonas Börjesson well protected by Anders Terlongo, while trying Wong sai in Orminge,


/DO

Monday, October 27, 2014

Cream 7B


Cream 7B, Källbergahygget
Christopher Sjödin challenged by poor conditions on Cream. One of many great problems
at Källbergahygget, a newly developed area outside Uppsala.


/DO

Friday, October 24, 2014

Televinken, Orminge


Televinken 7A, Orminge

Televinken 7A, Orminge
Fernando Lomba climbing Televinken at the one of the close-to-town, Stockholm crags.


/DO

Monday, October 20, 2014

Unexpected turns in life

I do not believe in either luck or faith. I used to think that for every adversity one has to suffer, there is something good coming to compensate for it. This theory is, as many others, easy to turn in to reality with a little help from an imaginative mind. However, from experience I have become aware that life isn't that simple. There are no certainties, no made out patterns to be followed and least of all, there is no such thing as justice. I should know. Comparing mine to many life stories I've heard, I've been incredibly fortunate growing up. I always had people close to me. Family and friends that wants nothing but my best and to who I can always turn in hard times. My parents especially, who has given their lives for me and my brother. I guess that is easy to think of as a certainty as it's something every parent is expected to do for their children, but it's not always how it goes.



"The world changes every day, but sometimes "change" means it won't ever be the same".


Swedish poet, Alf Henriksson has written a piece out of which I pulled the sentence above. I don't know how much justice my poor translation is giving his wisdom, but I hope you get the point. It's incredible how much one event can affect the life of you or others. It's also astonishing how fast one can be content with the turn of events. I have realized how easy it is to adapt to a reality, but also to be blinded by own concerns. While walking around moaning over an injured finger, I thought this year took off in a terrible way. Little did I know. Comparing issues however, won't reduce concerns. An individuals worries may seem nonsensical to the world, but they are still troublesome to the person they fall upon. I think it is good to be aware of this, but also knowing that even when you are tempted to think that life is as hard as can possibly be, you can't ever be sure...

Although I've stopped believing in the theory I speak of above, perhaps I have come to look at things in a different way. I have been proven that even in the most difficult times, if just seeing things from a slighty altered perspective, light might still fall on the good forces in life. I know I will never be able to make up for all the love and support me, my Mom and Brother has recieved lately. There are no words to explain my appreciation, but trust me when I say that I will never forget. So rather than putting down endless lines, trying to explain how thankful I am, I will keep it simple and hope you believe me when I say, that all my heart is behind these two – Thank you!


/DO

Friday, July 4, 2014

Ry and the Küllun project

Ry invested many of his days in Turkey working a project in the Küllun sector. After seing how much soul and effort he put in to doing it, I was very happy for him when he got rewarded on his very last day in Geyikbayırı.

Ry memorizing

Ry Küllun project

Ry Küllun project

Ry Küllun project


/DO