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About Tromsø Climbing Club

Tromsø klatreklubb (Tromsø Climbing Club) aka. TKK was founded in October 1977 by local climbing enthusiasts. The club has put up a small cabin to serve as a basecamp for the tradclimbing at Baugen. The club also has an indoor climbing facility in Tromsø. Both are available for members and non-members(for a small fee). Each year TKK organizes several get-togethers and courses in and around Tromsø. One of TKK's original goals was to make a guidebook for the climbing on Kvaløya island, west of Tromsø. The guidebook was finally published in 2007.

More info about the city of Tromsø can be found in wikipedia.

Season

The season for bouldering, sports climbing and trad climbing is generally from May to October. The season for winter climbing is from November to May. Weather statistics for Tromsø can be found at yr.no The current forecast for Ersfjorden, Kvaløya looks like this:

How to get here

Norwegian and SAS offer non-stop flights from Oslo(OSL) to Tromsø(TOS).

Accommodation

There are several hotels in Tromsø. If you want to stay closer to the climbing, you can stay in Klatrehytta(the climbing cabin) at Hollenderan(trad climbing), or bring a tent. In Norway you can put up your tent almost anywhere, as long as you are not on farmland or too close to people's houses.

Access

A car is very useful. Most of the climbing is on the Kvaløya island, west of Tromsø. 25 to 50 minutes in the car will get you to the parking. Be considerate when parking. Don't walk on farmlands. Public transportation(bus) near the climbing on Kvaløya is often limited to one return trip each day.

Shopping

Several stores in Tromsø stocks normal climbing gear and outdoor equipment.

Guidebook

For more information about the climbing and how to buy the excellent Kvaløya - selected climbs guidebook, click here.

Sports climbing

Kvaløya offers high quality sports climbing on granite. Most routes are of moderate difficulty(french 6a to 7b), but there are also easier and harder(up to french 8b) routes. The routes are normally fully bolted, and 10-15 quickdraws and a 60m rope will get you to the top and down again in most cases. The sports climbing is located at Ersfjorden, Gullknausen, Grøtfjorden and Brensholmen.

Trad climbing

Most climbers travel to Tromsø for the trad climbing on Kvaløya. Hollenderan offers many routes between 2 and 6 pitches. Perfect, well protected cracks and spectacular scenery are the keywords. Blåmannen is a northfacing “minibigwall”(400m) with a handful of aidroutes, some of which have been freeclimbed at grades up to 8a.

Bouldering

Good bouldering is available in several places on Kvaløya. Most of the problems are found in Småbakkan, but there is also high quality bouldering in Ersfjorden, Grøtfjorden and Tromvik. The guidebook has a selection of about 100 boulder-problems in Småbakkan. For the rest, you need to hook up with locals. Grades up to FB 8A(B?) are established.

Winter climbing

With a latitude of almost 70°N it is no surprise that the region around Tromsø offers endless winter climbing possibilities. Some well known areas are Kvaløya, west of Tromsø, and the Lyngen peninsula east of Tromsø. Just pick a line and climb it! Avalanches can be a problem due to the unstable coastal climate. Avalanche forecasts are nowhere near as good as in the Alps, so be careful.

Maps

Official maps covering Kvaløya (and the rest of Norway) can be found here.

Questions?

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