World-renowned boulderer Nalle Hukkataival has climbed Beat Kammerlander’s Silbergeier
(5.13d/5.14a) in the Rätikon, the Swiss Alps. Established in 1993, Silbergeier
remains one of the most difficult alpine sport climbs in the world.
Hukkataival commented, “Quite the experience as it was my first real multi-pitch!”
Kammerlander established Silbergeier
in ground-up style, bolting the entire route on lead. This style produced a bold 790-foot route with spicy runouts on small edges and even smaller footholds.
Hukkataival, 27, of Finland teamed up with fellow Finnish climber, Tomi Nytorp, last week, working the pitches over three days before climbing the route from the ground up on June 21st.
A top boulderer, Hukkataival has climbed several V15s including the first ascent of the unrepeated, Livin’ Large
, a highball in Rocklands, South Africa, and a repeat of Goia
, in Varazze, Italy, which many climbers suggest may be V16. Hukkataival is one of a handful of climbers in the world to flash V13. He has also helped develop climbs in the Grampians, Australia.