Chris Bonington – 1 July

I’ve just got back from celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the successful Norwegian Everest Expedition of which I was a member and reached the summit.  It was held at the family home of Haavard Nesheim in the far North of Norway on the Lyngen Peninsular.

I arrived a couple of days early and got a climb in with Haavard and his wife Berit.  ON the way we saw some Reindeer., all of whom are owned by the Sapmi (Lapp) people but are left free to roam.

We got in a couple of sport climbs on the coast of Kvaloya, one of the islands to the North of Tromso – The crag was called Brensholmen and the route was Panorama Cafe and the grade 6-.  All the routes are sport climbs on superb granite.

Chris Bonington with his team

The rest of the team arrived in the next couple of days – the only ones missing were Arne Naess our leader, who tragically died in an abseil accident in South Africa five years ago, Bjorn Myrer Lund who was sick in bed back in Oslo and Christian Larsson, our Base Camp Manager who was visiting his son in St Petersburg.

From  L to R, in front, Ola Einang, Haavard Nesheim, Stein Aasheim.  Behind, Odd Eliassen, Ralph Hoibakk, Kjell Torgeir Stokke and myself

view from the mountains

On Tuesday we went for a walk to Haavard’s cabin below the mountains.  It’s in real pathless wilderness.

and once there it is simply but delightfully furnished

and superbly hidden

The peaks of the Lyngen Peninsular are magnificent

and Berit and Haavards home is in a magnificent setting. at the head of Kjosen Fjord near the small town of Lyngseidet.

The trip was all too short for the scenery and climbing there are magnificent with twenty four hours of sunlight.  I had to rush back however to pick up my son Joe and his family at Manchester Airport this afternoon – they are coming over for their first holiday in four years.

I’m about to drive down now and am very excited!!!!