Finnish boulderer Nalle Hukkataival has linked a sit-start to Bugeleisen in Austria, one of the hardest boulder problems in the world at V16.
Bugeleisen is Klem Loskot’s 2001 masterpiece in Austria’s Maltatal valley. The route has had little attention from top climbers over the years, but Hukkataival states, “Bugeleisen really is one of the BEST hard boulders in the world.” Hukkataival made an ascent of the original stand start in 2013. The route is a steep sheet of blank rock, the name Bugeleisen means iron.
From Hukkataival’s Facebook: “Yesterday I managed to climb my longest standing project, the sit start to Bugeleisen! This line has been a well known project for at least 13 years. I’ve tried it over a couple years, every time challenged by the weather. It turned out to be the biggest battle I’ve ever had with a climb, both mentally and physically. It’s hard to believe that it’s done now! Bugeleisen sit start could be the hardest thing I’ve climbed and more importantly it is one of the best boulders in the world! Huge respect to Klem Loskot for the original vision! Stay tuned for the video!”
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Hukkataival’s 2013 Ascent:
Source: Nalle Hukkataival, Planet Mountain