For Black Diamond athlete Nalle Hukkataival, a first ascent is more than just the moment you reach the exit. In the following video, the Finnish professional boulderer explains why actually climbing a line is only incidental to him.

"A first ascent is a completely different process," explains Black Diamond-Athlete Nalle Hukkataival, "Laying down the crashpad, chiseling the fingers, and then climbing up might do 10% of the whole thing, if that."

This process, which is not just about the vision, but also about hard work to realize that vision nalles Drive. For more than 10 years, Nalle is already traveling around the world, from South Africa to Colorado, from Las Vegas to Australia, ever on the lookout for hard, pristine and challenging boulder problems.

"The first ascent of a boulder is a completely different process."

Nalle Hukkataival
Nalle Hukkataival on the celebration of Sleepwalker (8c +). (Picture Alex Aristei)

With its testpieces that already span the globe, has become Nalle made a name as one of the most important visionaries of climbing. Again and again he pushed the boundaries and brought bouldering with some of the world's first 8c + and 9a problems into the modern age.

But what happens when a confident first-time addict like Nalle bothers to dig out a next-level project just because the final 10% is so enthralling? In this film, we witness Nalles unbroken pioneering spirit

Nalle Hukkataival on the first ascent of new lines

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Credits: picture and text Black Diamond