The Swarm direct by Nalle Hukkataival

Nalle Hukkataival has made the first ascent of The Swarm direct at the Secrets of the Beehaive Area, Buttermilks, Bishop.

The original problem goes up a few moves via hard crimpy pulls and a to a big move to a gaston to gain a flake line that goes right to top out on a slightly easier problem first done by UKC's own Mick Ryan.

However a flake line, which is clearly visible in the first video below, continues above the initial pulls and was so obvious, but apparently people thought the flakes may snap if pulled on - obviously they didn't.

The strong Finn has also made impressive ground up ascents of a couple of mega highballs, Jason Kehl's Evilution, 8A+ (E8?) and Matt Wilder's This side of paradise, 7C+.

Nalle Hukkataival is sponsored by La Sportiva and Black Diamond

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24 Feb, 2011
im pretty sure this side of paradise was done by Lisa rands
24 Feb, 2011
Sorry about that, changing the news.
24 Feb, 2011
She's climbed it, but didn't make the first ascent.