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Hard Riverside Highballs Captured in New Film on Italian Bouldering

Niky Ceria takes us on a tour of several remote boulders, with many having high-above-the-riverside top-outs

Photo by: Andrea Cossu of Niky Ceria on the FA of Il Serpente Piumato

Niccolò “Niky” Ceria has been establishing difficult and remote problems in Italy’s backcountry for years. A new film called Riversider tells the story about some of his most recent discoveries.

“I had the luck to live the entire process from A to Z on these boulders,” said Ceria. “I found most of them in 2019 after many miles of hiking. After having explored them, and selected the best lines, I started to get more into the process: I cleaned them and started to visualize the moves, the falls and the holds.”

Riversider documents Ceria’s journey to establish these high problems, most involving tricky toe-hook and heel-hook beta, big throws and technical beta. The film was put together by Andrea Cossu.

Riverside Bouldering in Italy

Lead photo: Andrea Cossu of Niky Ceria on the FA of Il Serpente Piumato