Stoked at Home: Watch FA of a V15 Highball in Finland

Andy Gullsten recently made the first ascent, as there aren't restrictions for outdoor climbing in Finland right now

April 20th, 2020 by | Posted in 2013.04, News, Profiles |

Watch Andy Gullsten make the recent first ascent of Silver Lining, a V15 highball in Hyvinkää, 45 minutes from Helsinki in Finland. It took him six sessions to send the 20-year-old project.

Climbing gyms in Finland are closed, but climbers seem to still be allowed to travel to climbing areas. “People have been advised to keep distance and to avoid crowded areas. There are still few projects around and I am sure more to be found.” This is one tall problem!

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These are some crazy times we're living.. I couldn't have imagined being in this situation a month ago. Thankfully here in Finland, we still have the opportunity to go outside. Enjoy the outdoors and the abundant forests that hide some excellent boulders! The perfect place for social distancing. I've been laid off for 2 weeks now, which means that I have quite a lot of free time in my hands.. The good thing is that the weather has been great, so I've been keeping myself busy by roaming the woods. The past couple weeks I've put all my focus and efforts into this one particular line. It's been a notorious project since the place was first discovered 20 years ago. Now the project has finally been put to rest and given a name. My proudest FA to date! Silver Lining 8C 💎 Video coming soon.. 🤓 Also it's the 10th anniversary of @kiipeilyareena !!! My favorite place to work and climb! Thanks for all these years and may many more come 🙏 📸 by @villekurru & @joonassailaranta @lasportivagram @frictionlabs @petzl.official

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Silver Lining V15