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Finnish Bouldering Cup with Anssi Venho — Routesetting in Competitions

Original interview in Finnish by Tuomo Lankinen, www.bouldersaimaa.fi Routesetting in competitions is super hard work! You can’t really prevent skin from tearing up. There are so many problems to set and even more moves to do. Well planned routes or boulder problems form the basis of any competition. The best competition problems push the competitors to …

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Tapio Alhosuo seeking new lines at Norway

Searching For Doseth – The Dark Art of Crack Climbing

Tapio Alhonsuo tells how Hans Christian Doseth has influenced his climbing. Doseth’s routes had played a big part in my slow progress of learning the dark art of crack climbing, and I celebrated every time when I was successful with his routes. I made my first climbing trip to Norway over a decade ago. It was an overwhelming …

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The First Finns in Ice Climbing World Cup

Tapio Alhonsuo recalls last January when he entered the Ice Climbing World Cup with Enni Bertling, Mira Alhonsuo and Albert Kaikkonen as the first ever Finnish participants. Finland hadn’t had a competitor in the Ice World Cup ever. That was just lousy. Entering the Ice World Cup has been one of my lifelong dreams. It …

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Kitka beer and bratwurst tour 2015

Hello dear readers, Few weeks ago we packed the car and headed south to Friedrichshafen, Germany for Oudoor 2015 trade show. It was a long drive through Europe (and even longer coming back home), but certainly worth the effort. At the show we met gym owners, route setters, climbers, people behind other climbing hold brands, …

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Kitka Climbing @ OutDoor Trade Show 2015

The OutDoor trade show in Germany’s Friedrichshafen is the biggest annual fair for outdoor enthusiasts in Europe. In 2014, the fair saw 925 exhibitors, nearly 22,000 visitors, and more than 1,000 journalists. This year also we will attend – as an exhibitor! We’ve been working hard at Kitka HQ to release now the latest product …

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Boulder League Brought the Gyms Together

Text: Lari Malmberg (Translation: Jouni @ Kitka) ”Well I was a bit annoyed”, starts Janne Sievänen, who runs a climbing center in Tampere. He had noted that, along with the climbing boom, there are so many gyms in Finland that the competitions everyone was organising individually had begun to overlap. First he wanted to sketch …

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