Sleepwalker also for Nalle Hukkataival!

Nalle does the third ascent of “his” project

02 February 2019
The ascent announced by Daniel Woods on Instagram
 

Finally he did it! Nalle Hukkataival repeated Sleepwalker, the 8C + climbed first by Jimmy Webb in mid-December and last month also by Daniel Woods.

Seven extreme moves that run on this magnificent sandstone overhang in the Black Velvet Canyon at Red Rocks and which characterize one of the hardest boulder in the USA and the world.

However, Nalle's relationship with this line has lasted a long time. About a year ago Hukkataival started to intensely try this boulder, which he called "Dry Nightmare project." After a lot of work and several travels also for him comes success, as suggested by an instagram story by Daniel Woods, where we see Nalle toasting to success.

Later, here are the comments by Nalle himself from his instagram page:

"Last year I opened this project in Red Rocks and after putting in the work was close to climbing it - falling off the last move. Then frigid winter temperatures claimed the canyon. Even sticking around for two more months trying to seal the deal, I never got a fighting chance. Returning for a rematch this winter I routinely worked my way back to where I‘d been - hoping to get an actual shot this year. It was really refreshing to finally session the boulder with someone. @jwebxl and @dawoods89 had teamed up earlier this winter to take it down. Their beta however was of no use for me. Ultimately the boulder is about a friction sloper crux with a barely-there bicycle to gain the slot crimp. Jimmy and Daniel both had the arm-span to bypass this sequence so I was alone fighting my own fight. This low percentage, friction reliant sequence - combined with my skin issues in the desert - made for low odds to catch the conditions I required. Half the “climbing” days consisted of just showing up and not being able to get any grip on the rock. Or do any climbing. It all boiling down to weather watching and very little actual climbing put a big dent in my motivation and made me question whether it’s even worthwhile to keep dragging myself out there day after day. Yesterday I sent it. It was quite anticlimactic. It didn’t seem like anything that I hadn’t already done 10 times. My skin just didn’t fail me that time. I‘m happy it didn’t. All in all, stoked!! Also a lesson to be learned about how not every battle is necessarily worth fighting. I struggle when climbing becomes all about managing external factors and very minimally about the actual climbing. Just hours later another winter storm put an end to climbing here for a while. You’re bound to get lucky every now and then! Yes!! In-depth video piece coming from @mindframecinema"

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