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Welcome to the Planetclimber blog! The Planetskier blog has many stories about climbing as well, at the Blogspot, TGR, Freeride or Relaa websites. All climbing-related blog articles are show below, however. You can also click on a map to see where in the world they took place.

See also the articles about caving, cycling, flying, swimming, and saunas.

All climbing-related articles:

Over- and underground walk
I ended up going around Kauniainen's Gallträsk as my activity today. The day had been sunny, but the night wasn't bad either, nice evening views. I also included the underground sports arena on my tour, and got to walk long tunnels and stop by the climbing wall in the tunnels as well.
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March 2017, Gallträsk, Kauniainen, Finland
Walking; Climbing (Wall)

Breithorn, 4164m
Third time's a charm! I finally managed to ski down from Breithorn. Two failed attempts... and what a wonderful third one, with a high speed ski run down. So much fun to pass the climbers on a long trek, me going at 80 km/h while screaming from the top of my lungs as I passed them :-)
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August 2016, Breithorn, Zermatt, Switzerland
Skiing (Outdoor, Snow); Climbing (Mountain)

Paraguay on Miniskis
Have skis, can carry snow, will ski anything. First descent of Paraguay's highest mountain, Cerro Tres Kandu.
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April 2016, Cerro Tres Kandu, Paraguay
Climbing (Mountain); Skiing (Outdoor, Snow)

Broken Ribs
I had an accident on a horse, skiing an ancient volcano in Africa. As people do. Broken ribs and a horseshoe-shaped bruise on my side. But I did manage to ski the remaining ski areas in Morocco. And ski down with the broken ribs.
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March 2016, Michlifen, Ifrane, Morocco; Jbel Habri, Ifrane, Morocco
Skiing (Outdoor, Snow); Climbing (Mountain); Riding

The Ultimate Frustration

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October 2015, Mt. Moiwa, Sapporo, Japan
Skiing (Outdoor, Grass); Climbing (Mountain)

Riders of the Lost Arenales
There are references to it in the Internet. And a sole road sign point to it. But it is nowhere to be found.
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August 2015, Los Arenales, Araucania, Chile
Skiing (Outdoor, Snow); Climbing (Mountain)

Volcán Villarica
That moment when you realise that the ski area you were going to ski at next week is closed due to the volcano erupting. The obvious next question is, of course, if I was packing skins.
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August 2015, Ski Pucón, Villarica, Chile
Skiing (Outdoor, Snow); Climbing (Mountain)

OpenStreetMap
When skiing or hiking at a new place, suitable maps are essential. These maps can be hard to come by, however, and most GPS maps do not contain information about walking paths, ski slopes or lifts. OpenStreetMap, however, has a lot of good information, and I have been using it in off-piste skiing, finding ski areas, and hiking around the world.
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August 2015, Los Arenales, Araucania, Chile
Skiing (Outdoor, Snow); Climbing (Mountain)

Bunker Bouldering
A blown-up bunker. Debris. Darkness. Bats. Concrete rising to the heights. Walls hanging where they should not be. An ideal climbing place, if it wasn't for the grim past of this place and the morbid pictures of soldiers.
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June 2015, Humboldthain Flaktürme, Berlin, Germany
Climbing (Wall); Caving (Rock)

Honolulu
Week and a half in Hawaii in a meeting, properly dressed. For some reason people stared when I visited the beach.
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May 2015, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
Skiing (Outdoor, Sand); Surfing; Climbing (Mountain); Hiking

London Ice Climbing
Have ice axe. Will travel to London to go ice climbing. My cab driver thinks that is the weirdest thing he has heard his customers do. I think that if it is true, then his rides have been pretty boring.
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May 2015, Vertical Chill, London, United Kingdom
Climbing (Ice)

Skiing Africa... by Mule
Avalanche pack, check. Skis, check. Mule, check. I am sitting on a mule, on my way to the ski slopes in Oukaïmeden in the Atlas mountains of Morocco.
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February 2015, Oukaïmeden, Morocco
Skiing (Outdoor, Snow); Climbing (Mountain)

Sandhill
My friend Patrick (see his "Mad Pat" blog) told me about this magical place in Ontario. Sandhill. He had conquered its steep sand slopes. And now I was on my way to Toronto and wanted to see if I can repeat the experience.
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August 2014, Sandhill, Ontario, Canada
Skiing (Outdoor, Sand); Climbing (Mountain)

Volcano Camping
The summit ridge lights up, seemingly rising to the sky. The sunrise is about to start. I forget the cold night and the two vertical kilometers of climbing to get here. It is a magical moment to be at the top. I had not realised it would be possible to see the entire island of Bali in one view, as if I was in space.
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November 2013, Gunung Agung, Bali, Indonesia
Climbing (Mountain); Skiing (Outdoor, Rock, Sand, Ash)

Sarcophilus Satanicus
Sarcophilus Satanicus. Satanic meat lover. Better know as the Tasmanian Devil. We did all we could to ski with the devil, like we did with the kangaroo, but alas, it was not to be. Turns out the devil is in trouble. The numbers of this previously common animal are down at least 80% and maybe as much as 99% from 1990s, due to a mysterious infectious cancer.
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November 2013, Tasmanian Devil Unzoo, Tasmania, Australia; Ben Lomond, Tasmania, Australia
Travel; Skiing (Outdoor, Snow); Climbing (Mountain)

Adventures of the Snowboard
I don't know if I should classify this as gear testing or as new angle into a previous story. I have some new footage from my Krakatau trip, and it should give you an idea of what my snowboard went through. Yes, I bought it bought used.
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September 2013, Anak Krakatau, Indonesia
Climbing (Mountain); Snowboarding (Ash, Rock, Sand)

Bad Snow Year in Africa
Grass. Sun. Lonely wilderness. 4x4 transport. You would expect to find those in Africa. And I did. But I also found mountains, a ski area, olympic athletes, and snow. And the highest bar in South Africa. I'm in Tiffindell, South Africa's only ski area that re-opened this year, after being closed for a couple of years.
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July 2013, Tiffindel, South Africa
Skiing (Outdoor, Snow); Climbing (Mountain); Afterski

Skiing on the Equator
Headache. Nausea. I have them, but high winds and icy rain are the main culprits for the failure to reach the glacier. No one in the refuge dares to venture higher. The estimated 80 km/h winds would be dangerous on that initial steep rock climb. Particularly with skis on the backpack acting as sails.
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June 2013, Cayembe, Ecuador
Skiing (Outdoor, Snow); Climbing (Mountain)

Riders of the Lost Ash
Sunshine. Waves. Jungle. +35C. Weekend alone on a tropical island, with nothing else to do than to listen to the wind and sea. And walk on black sand, or tease the two-meter lizards away from my tent. Wait. Black sand? Giant lizards? What kind of story is this?
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March 2013, Anak Krakatau, Indonesia
Snowboarding (Ash, Rock, Sand); Climbing (Mountain)

Raisio by Snowboard
Vuokatti, Flagstaff, and Raisio: my last three Sundays. I'm definitely on a path to visit the major cities in the world. And it is a grey, rainy day. Snow is heavy, the landscape is flat, and industrial Raisio will not be winning any beauty contests any time soon.
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February 2013, Raisio, Finland; Samppalinnan vuori, Turku, Finland; Kauniainen ski hill, Kauniainen, Finland
Snowboarding (Outdoor, Snow); Climbing (Mountain)

USA vs. Finland
I am on my way to Stone Summit, America's largest indoor climbing wall. My mission is to see how it compares to my local climbing hall, Toyota Kiipeilyareena back in Finland.
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November 2012, Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Kiipeilyareena, Helsinki, Finland
Climbing (Wall)

Finland vs. USA on Big Wall Climbing from The Planetskier on Vimeo.


Volcan Copahue
So close, yet so far. I wanted so much to ski down from Volcán Copahue (2953 meters), but despite trying very hard it was not going to happen.
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August 2012, Caviahue, Argentina
Skiing (Outdoor, Snow); Climbing (Mountain)

Climbing Volcanoes
We are trying hard to reach the summit in time. But we are late. 350 million years late, to be exact. This volcano stopped breathing before the dinosaurs came to life.
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July 2012, Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom; Mt. Pinatubo, Philippines; Etna, Italy; Stromboli, Sicily, Italy
Climbing (Mountain)

Ice Climbing in Espoo. In June.
It is Sunday, +10 degrees, raining heavily, and it is the middle of summer in southern Finland. What should I do? Go ice climbing in Espoo, obviously.
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June 2012, Mankkaan lumenkaatopaikka, Mankkaa, Espoo, Finland
Climbing (Ice)

Carrying Skis to 17,000 ft
I don't know where to start. Skiing at 17,000 ft? Ice climbing? A night in a tent at 5 kilometers? No acclimatization? The close call with tragedy?
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May 2012, Tarija Peak, Cordillera Real, Bolivia
Climbing (Mountain, Ice); Skiing (Outdoor, Snow)

Skiing at 17,000 ft in Bolivia from The Planetskier on Vimeo.


Bolivia Is Kind of Close
I have finished my meeting in Washington DC and more work awaits me next week in California. But first things first. There's a weekend in between, and what better way to spend the weekend than to fly 16,000 kilometers to Bolivia?
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May 2012, Tarija Peak, Cordillera Real, Bolivia
Skiing (Outdoor, Snow); Climbing (Mountain, Ice)

Hero or Bonehead?
While the opinions were split among the spectators that came to talk to me afterwards ("are you the guy who skied that?"), I think the answer is definitely "bonehead". This was just too dangerous. I need to go back to skiing safer slopes.
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April 2012, Kitzsteinhorn, Kaprun, Austria
Skiing (Outdoor, Snow); Climbing (Mountain); Sauna (Normal)

Out of Bounds in Les Arcs
I was more worried about falling on that vertical wall than the police catching me, but both were real concerns. And then I caused an avalanche. This is a story about my four day trip to Les Arcs, France.
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February 2012, Les Arcs, France
Skiing (Outdoor, Snow); Climbing (Mountain)

Russian Ski Stars
I climbed a mountain, and found a ski movie actress from Russia on the top!
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January 2012, Courchevel, France
Skiing (Outdoor, Snow); Climbing (Mountain)

Good Choice to Avoid Iceland
I almost booked my IETF flights via Iceland so that I could test the summer skiing on that glacier. Good thing I didn't, because the volcano underneath started erupting yesterday. Close call!
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July 2011, Stromboli, Sicily, Italy
Climbing (Mountain)

Horseback Skiing in the Himalayas
No problem. I had never ridden a horse before, so practicing riding on steep, rocky paths at 3 to 4 kms while carrying ski gear and taking photos sounded like a fun thing to do.
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June 2011, Rohtang Pass, Himachal Pradesh, India
Skiing (Outdoor, Snow); Riding; Climbing (Mountain); Travel

Dog Finds Slovenia's Last Snow
Dogs that climb. Dragging skis to top of mountains on our backs. Skiing Slovenia's last traces of snow. Meeting with the guy who skied down from the seven summits.
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May 2011, Ceska Koca hut, Kamnik-Savinja Alps, Slovenia
Skiing (Outdoor, Snow); Climbing (Mountain)

The 48 hour challenge
How many states can you ski in during 48 hours? I'm about to find out...
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February 2011, Mt. Ashland, Oregon, USA; Mount Shasta, California, USA
Skiing (Outdoor, Snow); Climbing (Mountain)