The goal of our expedition is to pioneer a new rock climbing route in the Faroe Islands. Specifically we aim to make a first ascent of a new route on an iconic 313m sea stack known as the Troll Finger (Trøllkonufingur in Faroese). A significant feature and crux of the route is the 70 meter long overhanging start.
We also hope to explore new areas for climbing objectives in the Faroe Islands and help to develop the sport of rock climbing. Specifically we would like to bolt some new routes and run a workshop for climbers at the local sport climbing area Norðradalur. These partnerships with the local climbers is an important part of the adventure for us.
Documenting our expedition through photography and journalism an important objective. The team has previously had a cover story and feature article in the Wilderness Magazine (September 2014) from an expedition into the Paparoa ranges. This is an example of the excellent quality of photography and journalism that can result from our expeditions. We will work to achieve a similarly high standard of coverage of our Troll Finger expedition.
The Faroe Islands are remote Sub-Arctic Islands located between Denmark, Iceland and Scotland. Due to this location the climate is cold and windy for most of the year. Therefore we will go in the summer months of June-August to maximise our chance of getting a good weather window. Because the Troll Finger emerges straight out of the ocean the sea conditions must also be favourable for us to get started at the base of the climb. Due to these variables we will allow at least three weeks on the Islands to allow time to get a good weather window. We understand from previous ascents of the Trollfinger, that have been made from the col between the Trollfinger and the mainland, that we can expect challenging climbing on sound rock
A first ascent was led by a Faroese team in 2012. Photographs from the expedition show the potential to develop a new direct route that follows an excellent line of rock features.
This expedition is independent but will likely be in close cooperation with some key individuals in the emerging climbing scene in the Faroe Islands including the leader of the first ascent team Absalon Eysturoy.
You can read more about climbing in the Faroe Islands here http://www.faroeclimb.com/en/introduction-to-climbing-in-the-faroe-islands/.