A Spanish extreme sportsman carefully skis down the infamous cliff in Norway.
Norway won the most medals in the recent Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, but it took an extreme skier from Spain to become the first person ever to ski down the Troll Wall in Romsdal, western Norway. (Spain won just two Olympic bronze medals.)
Kilian Jornet completed a descent down the dramatic Fiva route on the peak, a dangerous cliff path that several extreme skiers have considered in the past but none have completed.
“It was all very interesting because it is a very ‘logical’ and attractive line for skiing,” Jornet nonchalantly told the Norwegian broadcaster NRK via text message.
The skier spent two years planning the feat, carefully assessing the possible ways he could conquer the Troll Wall. The Fiva route is carved out of the northern part of the wall and the crags and crevices fill with snow during the winter.
First, a climb
Initially he climbed the lower section to assess the equipment, including ropes, straps and ice axes, he would need to ski down. Favourable weather conditions then convinced him to go for it.
The entire route – usually a popular challenge for mountaineers – includes 1,600 metres of descent, a 55-60° decline and two abseiling sections.
“I climbed up to check out the conditions before I set out. It’s important to know what to expect,” he said later on Facebook. “The upper 200m is for sure one of the steepest I have ever skied. […] It is exposed all the way down.”