7 Months on the Road…

Posted on in Adventure + Travel, Featured, Health + Lifestyle, Nature + Outdoors, Sports + Training by Rannveig Aamodt

In the Fall of 2016, I left Colorado with not much of a plan other than exploring Spain. I didn't know who to climb with, where to go or how long I would be gone for.  My mantra was "One crux at a time."

I had to take a short stopover in Kalymnos to partake in a photo shoot with prAna, before I could start my Spain adventure. A friend of mine had organized so that I could stay with a girl called Linda during the photo shoot, who lived and worked on Kalymnos at the time. Linda and I were both busy, and even if we shared her apartment we didn't really have time to sit down and chat or get to know each other. The last night before I was leaving for Spain, we finally had the time to sit down at her balcony and share a beer. She asked me about my plans and honestly I didn't have much of an answer other than, “I'm going to Spain... flying to Barcelona tomorrow, wanna come?"

8 hours later, she had packed down her home in Kalymnos, quit her job, booked a plane ticket to Spain and was ready to take the boat to Kos with me early next morning. Nether of us had any idea that this was the first day of a 7 month journey traveling through Spain, Italy and China together.

Friendship
“Some people arrive and make such a beautiful impact on your life, looking back you can barely remember how life was like without them.”


Rannveig Aamodt

Rannveig is a professional rock climber, photographer and a certified yoga instructor. She has also spent many years in school studying alternative veterinary medicine. Rannveig splits her time between Colorado and the rest of the world traveling for rock climbing.Rannveig was born in Norway in 1984, with nomad blood, on a farm way out there. She grew up by mountains and loves the feeling of being a part of nature. She loves exposure and high places. Rannveig loves hiking into remote crags with a pack, feeling tired, watching how the light falls on the mountains throughout the days and with the seasons. When people ask her when she started climbing, she likes to quote a famous Norwegian philosopher and mountaineer - Arne Næss: “I just never stopped.” Her older brother brought her rock climbing some time in her early 20s. It looked like he was dancing up the walls, and Rannveig got totally fascinated at how it captured her mind. For most of the time when she's climbing the rest of the world just disappears. She's completely in the moment. And after years of climbing, that same feeling is what keeps her inspired to go climbing and working on projects. She feels like the more she gives and engages with climbing and the process of working a route, the more she gets back. Every new route teaches her something new about herself. It makes all her weaknesses and strengths stick out, and it makes it all too clear sometimes. She feels like climbing teaches her how to work with the elements, not fight against them. (although sometimes, sends her battles!) You can’t change the rock, you have to focus and engage on the next move.In 2016, Rannveig spent 4.5 months crossing the length of Norway. It was a 3,000km journey on cross country skis some years back.In April 2012, Rannveig broke her back, both ankles, pelvis, and her elbow in a 15m ground fall while rock climbing in Turkey. She was in a wheelchair for two months and had to re-learn how to walk, but through rigorous training and a lot of determination, Rannveig returned and was in the best shape of her life. She loves climbing and what it has given her, despite it almost killing her. Rannveig's immediate goals are to keep improving, keep traveling, and continue to have more fun than anybody else at the crag!


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