Nalle climbs Silbergeier, 8b+ MP

Nalle Hukkataival on Silbergeier, 8b+ MP, Rätikon, Switzerland © Bearcam media (video stilll)
Nalle Hukkataival on Silbergeier, 8b+ MP, Rätikon, Switzerland
© Bearcam media (video stilll)

Nalle Hukkataival has teamed up with fellow Finn Tomi Nytorp and repeated Beat Kammerlander's 1993 über classic multi-pitch Silbergeier at the Kirchlispitze, Rätikon, Switzerland.

It should be said that Nalle is no stranger to highballs, but the 240m (8b, 7c+, 8a+, 7a+, 8b/+, 7c+) Silbergeier is tall even by his standards.

I climbed the whole route free on June 21st, after having checked out the pitches briefly over 3 days. Quite the experience as it was my first real multi-pitch!

Any plans to highball it now?
Ha, ha, not anytime soon...

What did you find the hardest?
Doing it all in a day for sure. I lack that kind of all-day endurance having only tried the same 6 moves on my boulder project for the last month. I only fell once and it almost cost me the send. My foot slipped past the crux on the second last and the hardest pitch. That wasted a lot of energy...

Tomi also freed most of the pitches, just taking one fall on each of the last two pitches, but kept climbing.

Nalle Hukkataival is sponsored by: Black Diamond and La Sportiva

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23 Jun, 2014
But did he do the sit-down start?
23 Jun, 2014
I wish I lacked that kind of all-day endurance as well! Awesome.
24 Jun, 2014
Contender for biggest non-news story of the year? Not taking away the achievement of climbing 8b+, but the route was first climbed in 1994 and saw initial repeats in 1997 (Shäffler), 1998 (Glowacz) and 1999 (Pietro Dal Pra and Jörg). The first female ascent was in 2011 (Caprez). Just because its a boulderer...big woo. Slow news day and feeling the need to pander to sponsors perchance?
24 Jun, 2014
I thought it was quite interesting. It would be a bit like Usain Bolt clocking a pretty decent time in a marathon. I'd be interested to read about that too.
24 Jun, 2014
Yeah, me too. It was certainly a hundred times more interesting than reading about some revolutionary new shoes that were 'designed around the anatomy of the foot'.
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