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Hukkataival Climbs Alpine Sport Testpiece Sibergeier (5.14a)

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.

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Hukkataival on <em>Silbergeier</em> in Rätikon, Switzerland. Photo by Bearcam Media.  ” />World-renowned boulderer Nalle Hukkataival has climbed Beat Kammerlander’s <em>Silbergeier</em> (5.13d/5.14a) in the Rätikon, the Swiss Alps. Established in 1993, <em>Silbergeier</em> remains one of the most difficult alpine sport climbs in the world. </p>
<p>Hukkataival commented, “Quite the experience as it was my first real multi-pitch!” </p>
<p>Kammerlander established <em>Silbergeier</em> 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. 	</p>
<p>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. </p>
<p>A top boulderer, Hukkataival has climbed several V15s including the first ascent of the unrepeated, <em>Livin’ Large</em>, a highball in Rocklands, South Africa, and a <a href=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.