These are some of the highlights from MHW athlete Ethan Pringle’s trip to Flatanger Norway where he sent Thor’s Hammer (9a+/5.15a), Muy Verdes (8c), and the one that got away… Little Badder (9a).
During our last couple days the temps rose ten degrees Fahrenheit. The bottom portion of the route, along with the crack before the crux started seeping a lot. The extremely slimy holds dialed down my motivation. Hanging in your harness on a 45 degree wall drying holds for half an hour is exhausting- not exactly the pre-send-burn activity of my choice. Also, trying hard on one project after another since the new year has drained me. I gave it everything I had anyway and got close, but in the end it wasn’t quite enough.
I said good bye to the crew and to this beautiful coastline, packed my suitcase and went back to Trondheim. You can’t win em all, but I don’t consider Little Badder a loss. I really enjoyed climbing on this incredible piece of rock with the homies. When I left it was a good exercise in letting go of the attachment. Besides, as much as I’d like to, I can’t deny that I’ve had a hell of a year, in many ways, and it ain’t over yet. I’ve surprised myself again and again about what I’m capable of, and I’m gonna keep doing in until my fingers break and my shoulders dislocate (which could be fairly soon at this rate ;-).
Until next time Flatanger- I really enjoyed catching and eating your fish, talking to your moose on the side of the road, viewing your beautiful landscapes and northern lights and grabbing your perfect rounded granite. Thanks.