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mojede

Trad climber
Butte, America
Dec 7, 2012 - 10:56am PT
Credit: mojede


The Helsinki Yacht Club and Bar--Finntown/Butte, Montana

Where the annual naming of St. Urho takes place...


edit: Yes, there are saunas in there:-)
sempervirens

climber
Dec 7, 2012 - 11:58am PT
Two long-time co-workers, one a Swede and one a Finn, who had never before socialized decided to have a drink together one evening.

Swede pours vodka for each of them.

Swede: skol!
Finn: ungh.

Swede pours a second vodka for each
Swede: skol!
Finn: ungh.

Swede pours a third time.
Swede: skol!
Finn: did we come here to talk or did we come here to drink?
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Dec 7, 2012 - 12:04pm PT
Semper, true dat!

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The morning after the Swedish Faceplant, er, Facelift.
I don't remember if any Finns showed up, but it looks like they might have...
Credit: Reilly
brotherbbock

Trad climber
Alta Loma, CA
Dec 7, 2012 - 12:13pm PT
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Dec 7, 2012 - 12:16pm PT
Nice building!

Two Finnish designers and architects

Alvar Alto: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alvar_Aalto

Eero Saarinen: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eero_Saarinen
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Dec 7, 2012 - 12:21pm PT
The WW2 wound: http://www.nordicway.com/search/Continuation%20War.htm
michaeld

Sport climber
Sacramento
Dec 7, 2012 - 01:14pm PT
Finland is awesome!
AKTrad

Mountain climber
AK
Dec 7, 2012 - 11:19pm PT
Finland...full of beautiful women! A very fascinating digression from an otherwise (except for politics) blog about climbing. I spent 1962-1964 in Finland. Near Kuopio, I found an outcrop of boulders and kept up my skills when I could. In those days, Finland was home to only one climber I knew of: Matti A. Jokinen, who had written two books on climbing: "Alppien Seinamilla" (On Alpine Walls) and "Himalayan Valloitus". I bought and read them both. He was a dentist and later professor of dentistry in Helsinki. I made a point of meeting him and talking with him and friends about American climbing. He was fascinated by Yosemite where the cutting edge climbing of the late 50's and early 60's was taking place.

For a diversion, check out some of these fine blogs:

Fashion
http://www.hel-looks.com/

Finns on bicycles
http://www.flickr.com/groups/helsinkicyclechic/
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Dec 8, 2012 - 04:54pm PT
Finnish tango on the snow @ Tampere
Fat Dad

Trad climber
Los Angeles, CA
Dec 10, 2012 - 01:30pm PT
It's interesting that Park Rat mentioned her grandmother being from Kokkola since that's where we visited since my then girlfriend was from there. Nice little place.

I always wanted to go back to do some more exploring, especially up north, where it resembles the tundra and you're north of the Artic Circle. We did some good, shortish hikes thru the woods, though the flies and other biting insects were intense. Being from the West I'm not used to anything more aggressive than a mosquito. Still, it's not every place where you can finish your hike with a nice serving of reindeer and cloudberry liqueur.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Dec 10, 2012 - 02:40pm PT
Two Irishmen walk out of a bar.

It could happen...

Up the Irish from Galway Bay!

Kinvara, a seaport town on the south coast of Galway Bay.
Kinvara, a seaport town on the south coast of Galway Bay.
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
Looky here, Locker!
Credit: mouse from merced
The same street without the sheep.
The same street without the sheep.
Credit: mouse from merced
cliffhanger

Trad climber
California
Dec 10, 2012 - 04:11pm PT
Here's the ancient Finnish poem the Kalevala:

http://www.sacred-texts.com/neu/kveng/kvrune00.htm

Part of the introduction:

There are many other legends,
Incantations that were taught me,
That I found along the wayside,
Gathered in the fragrant copses,
Blown me from the forest branches,
Culled among the plumes of pine-trees,
Scented from the vines and flowers,
Whispered to me as I followed
Flocks in land of honeyed meadows,
Over hillocks green and golden,
After sable-haired Murikki,
And the many-colored Kimmo.
Many runes the cold has told me,
Many lays the rain has brought me,
Other songs the winds have sung me;
Many birds from many forests,
Oft have sung me lays n concord
Waves of sea, and ocean billows,
Music from the many waters,
Music from the whole creation,
Oft have been my guide and master.
Sentences the trees created,
Rolled together into bundles,
Moved them to my ancient dwelling,
On the sledges to my cottage,
Tied them to my garret rafters,
Hung them on my dwelling-portals,
Laid them in a chest of boxes,
Boxes lined with shining copper.
Long they lay within my dwelling
Through the chilling winds of winter,
In my dwelling-place for ages
rottingjohnny

Sport climber
mammoth lakes ca
Dec 10, 2012 - 04:25pm PT
Reilly...Swedish facelift....? You sure that wasn't the germanic beer bust with nudie flicks at choss creek...? RJ
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Dec 10, 2012 - 05:32pm PT
Bears in northern Finland

Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Dec 10, 2012 - 05:44pm PT
Ireland some years ago
On the way to Slea Head
On the way to Slea Head
Credit: Marlow
Somewhere around Old head of Kinsale
Somewhere around Old head of Kinsale
Credit: Marlow
Somewhere between Slea Head and Ballyferriter
Somewhere between Slea Head and Ballyferriter
Credit: Marlow
Dingle Beginish restaurant
Dingle Beginish restaurant
Credit: Marlow
Dingle Kilmalkedar
Dingle Kilmalkedar
Credit: Marlow
http://nd.edu/~archire/sites2005/KilmalkedarMonastery2.html
Aran Islands
Aran Islands
Credit: Marlow
Aran Islands
Aran Islands
Credit: Marlow
Aran Islands
Aran Islands
Credit: Marlow
zBrown

Ice climber
chingadero de chula vista
Dec 20, 2012 - 05:36pm PT
Was just going through some papers. The first relative that my cousin has been able to trace in the family was Heikki Olavinpoika (Isotalo), who appears to have died some time in 1686.

I must have quite a few relatives in Finland.
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Dec 30, 2012 - 01:10pm PT
The Kalevala's Contents

Poems 1-2
Ilmatar (the Virgin of the Air) descends to the waters. A pochard lays its eggs on her knee. The eggs break and the world is formed from their pieces. The mother of the water then gives birth to Väinämöinen. Sampsa Pellervoinen sows the forest trees. One of the trees, an oak, grows so large that it blots out both the sun and the moon. A tiny man rises from the sea and fells the giant oak. The sun and moon can shine once again.
Ilmatar The creation of the world
Ilmatar The creation of the world
Credit: Bjorn Landstrom

Poems 3-4
Joukahainen challenges Väinämöinen to a contest of wisdom and is defeated. With his singing, Väinämöinen causes Joukahainen to sink into a swamp. In order to save himself, Joukahainen promises his sister' s hand in marriage to Väinämöinen. Upon learning of the bargain, the sister Aino mourns her fate and finally drowns herself.
Vainamoinen and Aino
Vainamoinen and Aino
Credit: Bjorn Landstrom

Poems 5-7
Väinämöinen searches the sea for Aino and catches her (she has been transformed into a fish) on his fishing hook. However, he loses her again and sets out to woo the maiden of Pohjola, the daughter of the North Farm. Meanwhile, eager for revenge, Joukahainen watches out for Väinämöinen on the way to Pohjola and shoots Väinämöinen's horse from underneath him as he rides across a river. Väinämöinen falls into the water and floats out to sea. There an eagle rescues him and carries him to Pohjola's shores. The mistress of Pohjola, Louhi, tends Väinämöinen until he recovers. In order to be able to return home, Väinämöinen promises that Ilmarinen the smith will forge a Sampo for Pohjola. The maiden of Pohjola, Louhi's daughter, is promised to the smith in return for the Sampo.

Poems 8-9
On his way home, Väinämöinen meets the maiden of Pohjola and asks her to marry him. She agrees on the condition that Väinämöinen carry out certain impossible tasks. While Väinämöinen carves a wooden boat, his axe slips and he receives a deep wound in his knee. He searchers for an expert blood-stauncher and finally finds an old man who stops the flow of blood by using magic incantations.

Poem 10
Using magic means, Väinämöinen sends the unwilling Ilmarinen to Pohjola. Ilmarinen forges the Sampo. Louhi shuts it inside a hill of rock. Ilmarinen is forced to return home without his promised bride.
Ilmarinen Crafts the Sampo
Ilmarinen Crafts the Sampo
Credit: Akseli Gallen-Kallela

Poems 11-12
Lemminkäinen sets off to woo Kyllikki, a maiden of Saari Island. He makes merry with the other maidens and abducts Kyllikki. He later abandons her and leaves to woo the maiden of Pohjola. With his singing he bewitches the people of Pohjola to leave the farmhouse at North Farm. Only one person, a cowherd, does not fall under his spell.
Lemminkainen leaves for Pohjola
Lemminkainen leaves for Pohjola
Credit: Bjorn Landstrom

Poems 13-15
Lemminkäinen asks Louhi for her daughter, but Louhi demands that he first hunt and kill the Demon's elk, then the Demon's fire-breathing gelding, and finally the swan in Tuonela River, which is the boundary between this world and the next. There the vengeful cowherd kills Lemminkäinen and throws his body into the river. Lemminkäinen's mother receives a sign of her son's death and goes out in search of him. She rakes the pieces of her son's body out of Tuonela River, puts them back together and brings her son back to life.
Hunting the magic moose
Hunting the magic moose
Credit: Vaino Hamalainen
Lemminkainens mother anoints her sons body into life
Lemminkainens mother anoints her sons body into life
Credit: Bjorn Landstrom

Poems 16-17
Väinämöinen begins to build a boat and visits Tuonela in order to ask for the magic spells need to finish it. He does not find them. He then seeks the missing spells from the stomach of the ancient wise man, Antero Vipunen, who has long been dead. He finds them and finishes his boat.
Vainamoinen builds a boat
Vainamoinen builds a boat
Credit: Nicolai Kochergin

Poems 18-19
Väinämöinen sets off in his boat to woo the daughter of Pohjola, but she chooses instead Ilmarinen, the forger of the Sampo. Ilmarinen successfully performs the three impossible tasks set before him: he plows a field full of vipers, hunts down the bear of Tuonela and the wolf of Manala and finally fishes the Great Pike out of the Tuonela River. Louhi promises her daughter to Ilmarinen.
The Beauty of Pohjola Chooses a Husband
The Beauty of Pohjola Chooses a Husband
Credit: Nicolai Kochergin
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Dec 30, 2012 - 01:11pm PT
Poems 20-25
In Pohjola, preparations are made for the wedding and invitations are sent to all except Lemminkäinen. The groom and his folk arrive in Pohjola, and there is great feasting. Väinämöinen entertains the wedding guests with his singing. The bride and groom are given advice concerning marriage, and the bride bids farewell to her people and departs with Ilmarinen for Kalevala. There a banquet is also ready for the guests. Väinämöinen sings the praises of the wedding guests.
Vainamoinen sings to the beer
Vainamoinen sings to the beer
Credit: Bjorn Landstrom

Poems 26-27
Lemminkäinen shows up at the banquet in Pohjola uninvited, and demands food and drink. He is offered a tankard of beer filled with vipers. Lemminkäinen engages the master of Pohjola in a singing contest and a swordfight and kills him.

Poems 28-30
Lemminkäinen flees the people of Pohjola who are rising up in arms against him and hides on Saari Island, living among the maidens of the island until he is forced to flee once again, this time from the island's jealous menfolk. Lemminkäinen finds his home in ashes and his mother hiding in a cottage in the forest. Lemminkäinen sets out to seek revenge on Pohjola, but is forced to return home because a cold spell cast by the mistress of Pohjola has frozen his ships in the sea.
Lemminkainen meets his mother
Lemminkainen meets his mother
Credit: Bjorn Landstrom
Lemminkainen struggles against the frost
Lemminkainen struggles against the frost
Credit: Bjorn Landstrom

Poems 31-34
Brothers Untamo and Kalervo quarrel violently, Kalervo's troop is slain, and of his kin only his son Kullervo remains. Because of his superhuman powers, Kullervo fails in every task he is given. Untamo sells the boy to Ilmarinen as a serf. The wife of Ilmarinen send Kullervo out to be a cowherd and out of spite bakes a stone into the bread which is his only provisions. Kullervo breaks his knife on the stone while trying to cut the bread, and in revenge drives the cows into the swamp and brings home a pack of wild animals instead. The mistress, intending to milk the cows, is mauled to death. Kullervo flees. He finds his family in the forest, but hears that his sister has disappeared.
Ilmarinen Takes Kullervo into his House
Ilmarinen Takes Kullervo into his House
Credit: Nicolai Kochergin
Ilmarinens wife and cow changed into a bear
Ilmarinens wife and cow changed into a bear
Credit: Bjorn Landstrom

Poems 35-36
Kullervo's father sends him to pay the taxes. On his return trip, Kullervo unwittingly seduces his sister, who then drowns herself in the rapids upon discovering the truth. Kullervo sets out to seek revenge from Untamo. Having killed Untamo and his family, Kullervo returns home to find his own family dead. Kullervo commits suicide.

Poem 37
Ilmarinen mourns the death of his wife and decides to forge a woman of gold. The golden maiden remains, however, lifeless and cold. Väinämöinen warns the young people against worshipping gold.

Poem 38
Ilmarinen is rejected by the youngest daughter of Pohjola and carries her off in his sleigh. The girl reviles Ilmarinen and so offends him that he finally turns her into a seagull with his singing. Ilmarinen tells Väinämöinen of the wealth and prosperity that the Sampo has brought the people of Pohjola.

Poems 39-41
Väinämöinen, Ilmarinen and Lemminkäinen set out to steal the Sampo from Pohjola. In the course of the journey, their boat runs aground on the shoulders of a giant pike. Väinämöinen kills the pike and fashions a kantele from its jawbone. No one else is able to play the instrument, but Väinämöinen holds all living things spellbound with his playing.
Vainamoinen and Ilmarinen Go to Pohjola to Take the Sampo
Vainamoinen and Ilmarinen Go to Pohjola to Take the Sampo
Credit: Nicolai Kochergin
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Dec 30, 2012 - 01:12pm PT
Poems 42-43
Väinämöinen puts the people of Pohjola to sleep with his kantele playing and the Sampo is taken to the travellers' boat and rowed away. The people of Pohjola awaken and Louhi, the mistress of Pohjola, sends obstacles in the path of the raiders to hinder their escape. The seafarers survive, but the kantele falls into the sea. Louhi sets off in pursuit and transforms herself into a giant bird of prey. In the ensuing battle the Sampo is smashed and falls into the sea. Some of the fragments remain in the sea, but others wash ashore and bring Finland good fortune and prosperity. Louhi is left with only the worthless lid of the Sampo and an impoverished land.
Vainamoinen Plays the Kantele
Vainamoinen Plays the Kantele
Credit: Nicolai Kochergin
The Mistress of Pohjola Chases Vainamoinens Boat
The Mistress of Pohjola Chases Vainamoinens Boat
Credit: Akseli Gallen-Kallela

Poem 44
In vain, Väinämöinen seeks the kantele which fell into the sea. He makes a new kantele from birchwood and his playing once again delights the whole of creation.
Vainamoinen Makes a New Kantele of Birch
Vainamoinen Makes a New Kantele of Birch
Credit: Nicolai Kochergin

Poem 45-46
Louhi sends diseases to destroy the people of Kalevala, but Väinämöinen cures the sick. Louhi sends a bear to attack the Kalevala cattle, but Väinämöinen slays the bear. The people of Kalevala organize a bear-killing feast.

Poems 47-48
The mistress of Pohjola hides the sun and the moon inside a hill and steals the fire as well. Ukko, the supreme god, makes a new sun and moon by striking fire, but the fire falls to earth, into the belly of a giant fish. Väinämöinen asks Ilmarinen to go fishing with him. They catch the fish and place the fire in the service of humankind.

Poem 49
Ilmarinen forges a new sun and moon, but they do not shine. After battling the people of Pohjola, Väinämöinen returns to ask Ilmarinen to fashion a set of keys with which to release the sun and moon from Pohjola's mountain. While Ilmarinen is forging, Louhi sets the sun and moon free to return to their places in the sky.
The Hosts of Heaven set free
The Hosts of Heaven set free
Credit: Nicolai Kochergin

Poem 50
Marjatta conceives a child from a whortleberry. Her baby boy is born in the forest, but soon disappears, to be found finally in a swamp. Väinämöinen condemns the fatherless child to death, but the child speaks out against the sentence and is christened King of Karelia. Väinämöinen departs in a copper boat with the prediction that he will be needed again someday to make a new Sampo for the people, to bring new light and play new songs.
Vainamoinen
Vainamoinen
Credit: Sami Makkonen
Vainamoinens departure
Vainamoinens departure
Credit: Akseli Gallen-Kallela
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Dec 30, 2012 - 02:43pm PT
Thanks Donald. The text is taken from this web-site: http://www.finlit.fi/kalevala/index.php?m=162&l=2
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