Greg Boswell Q&A
Why did you pick this area?
We chose Lofoten off the back of our previous trip to Senja, which is just slightly further north. Those coastal mountains in Norway are pretty special. They are perfect for winter climbing, but also feel almost magical, with their breath-taking beauty and landscapes. I really fell in love with Senja and I’d heard Lofoten was very similar, so we felt we needed to check it out.
What prep/training did you before your trip?
Well as winter is my busiest time for climbing, I usually try to keep myself in good form for the cold months, so I can jump on climbs or projects when or if they come into condition. So I felt pretty set for the Norway trip already. I did throw in a few extra hill runs and training sessions on the weeks leading up to our departure though, just to make sure I was mentally ready and aware of my current fitness levels. It’s always good to go away on trips with a settled head, not wishing you’d done more prep.
Any unplanned difficulties?
Our only real issues on the trip were due to some stormy weather we encountered. There was a lot of snow coming down during our time there and this just meant we had to be extra careful when choosing or accessing our climbing locations. As always, we just took our time and made sure we did everything in the safest way possible, even if that meant failing on a certain objective due to the conditions. It’s meant to be fun at the end of the day.
What was the most technical climbing you did? Any ‘unfinished business’ there – sounds like you are planning a trip back?
We did some pretty interesting climbs throughout the trip. The route we opened on the first day was actually home to some of the hardest climbing we did on the trip. But to be honest, everything we climbed was super interesting and of the highest quality. We do have lots of things that we’d like to go back for and we’ve got some pretty interesting plans and objectives for our next visit North. So you’ll have to watch this space.
What was it like as a place – looks quite popular in summer there, is it in winter?
Both areas we visited on this trip were out of this world beautiful! The snowy mountains rising above the turquoise fjords is a magnificent sight and climbing with views like that is even better. Lofoten itself was much busier than Senja and there was a more 'less wild' feel to the islands, but none the less this didn't attract from how amazing the place is. It's super popular in summer for the rock and bouldering routes, which is understandable as the quality of both looks amazing. Obviously, it's much quieter in the wintertime, but there was still a bunch of folk cutting about looking to catch the Northern Lights. So it never felt fully deserted, unless you were in the mountains, which is just how we like it.