High up in the Arctic, a climbing trip in Senja Island

In the mid of February LOWA PRO Team Athlete Ines Papert together with the photographer Thomas Senf and the athlete Anna Pfaff started to discover Senja Island by climbing. But the planed climbing trips remain more or less just plans.

© Thomas Senf

"Sometimes you need to accept your fate", summarize Ines Papert the trip to Senja Island. This time the luck wasn't on the athlete's side. Anna Pfaff had to give up after one day because of the frostbite and had to leave earlier, Thomas Senf was down with influenza and had to change his plans either.

In her own words, Ines describes the trip to Senja Island as follows:

"As successful the trip started, as quick it was over for Anna due to the frostbite. It was very unfortunate since the conditions were so amazing and new lines were waiting to be climbed. After Anna´s departure back home, I teamed up with my long-term friend Rahel Schelb from Switzerland. We climbed the classic "Finnkona" WI 6 and the day after Rahel´s Grandma passed away, we opened a new route in memory of her just behind our home Senjalodge.
The first real pitch seemed tricky to protect, but once I could place a short ice screw and a micro nut, I went for it. As I know, how to climb thin ice like this, I moved forward, slowly but as safe as possible. Every further meter promised more solid ice. After 7 long pitches we topped out to the ridge of Fjølhaugen, 765m right above Melfjord-vaer. We named the Route after Rahel´s Grandma "Rosalinde". In sum the route's 350 m long on the north-east face of Fjølhaugen (WI 7, M6).
Our host Bent Eilertsen figured out that only one team has been attempted before but they gave up after a few meters.

So, another new route appeared on this magic Island. Unfortunately, the last route for us during our trip, since I was running out of climbing partners. Next time I hope for many more routes with Anna and thanks to Rahel for "jumping in" that quickly."