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Wild Underground Ice Climbing in Sweden

Date: 3rd April 2015

“I have climbed ice for a long time, and I thought I knew everything about this game. I was wrong.”

Where will ice climbers go if climate change destroys the world’s classic ice routes? Canadian Will Gadd and Swede Andreas Spak explored one possible answer in Sweden, where they rappelled deep into abandoned iron mines to check out underground ice routes.

“Climbing so far underground was surreal,” says Gadd, 41, of his March 2007 first descent into a labyrinth of iron mines, some active for over 600 years. “The ice was so sculptural that, at times, I felt like a vandal in a church.”

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  1. Peter Wright   March 25, 2019 10:26 pm

    This looks so fantastic. Thank you for sharing this experience.
    My only time in a cave was in Cody Caves near Ainsworth Hot Springs in BC. I took my three sons there.
    We all loved it. It is like you said surreal and also like nothing I’ve ever experienced.
    Now, at 74, I still would like to experience more of nature. You inspire me. Once again, thank you.
    Peter, who used to live in Dunster, BC near Jasper, and now lives in Vernon, BC. And yes, I have your Dad’s priceless book of the Rockies and Raven’s End. I learn so much from both. I am so glad you are adding to this wonderful knowledge of nature.

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