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Athlete: Heike Schmitt
Location: Rjukan, Norway
Photographer: Thomas Senf

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Rjukan, Norway

Ice Climbing 2014 Digital Catalog

In southern Norway sits the town of Rjukan, a place whose history lies in the waterfalls that tumble from its cliffs. Each winter an abundance of ice routes form, and every spring the lines thaw, powering hydroelectricity stations until the '90s. Now that the stations have closed their doors, the ice climbers of Norway have become the new water energy.



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THE HUMAN FACTOR

Despite hours of training and years of experience, it happens. Somewhere between digging pits and assessing terrain traps a lapse in good judgment occurs, and avalanches entrap even the most experienced skiers. And we are left asking, why? In this five-part series exploring five separate slides, the editors of Powder elucidate The Human Factor.



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