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Nalle Hukkataival Cranks First Ascent of Kintsugi (V15)

Last week, Finnish climber Nalle Hukkataiva made the first ascent of Kintsugi (V15) – a tall, committing line in Red Rocks, Nevada.

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Last week, Finnish climber Nalle Hukkataival made the first ascent of Kintsugi (V15) – a tall, committing line in Red Rocks, Nevada.

On his Facebook page, Hukkataival wrote, “This line climbs like a dream, but it’s also damn hard and BIG!!”

Hukkataival is in recovery from an earlier accident in Red Rocks, in which he took a fall onto a sharp boulder and sliced open his calf. However, with staples still in his leg, Nalle continued working his project on a rope.

Defined as the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with gold, Kintsugi is a fitting name for Hukkataival’s new line.

Hukkataival has been climbing for over 13 years and has established multiple V15 boulder problems, some of which have yet to be repeated.