Tips for Route Setting: How to Build Gym Favourites & Avoid Common Mistakes

Route setting isn’t easy. Every route setter knows that it is hard work and needs dedication. Setting isn’t just bolting the climbing holds to walls. Setting routes can be described as a form of art. Good routes challenge climber’s physique and brain and also teach climbing techniques in a natural way. Whether you’re just starting out, or already had some experience, here are some helpful tips for route setting. Avoid monotonous, ladder type setting By…

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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 experience for a young and hungry climber, who came from a land which foreigners described as “flatland”. As any tourist…

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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 first occurred to me sometime maybe seven or eight years ago. I knew it back then that I was in…

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Finland’s Leading Route Setter Says: Climb Outdoors to Set Indoors

“the most important factor at getting better at setting is to leave the gyms and go climb rock”   “I’ve been climbing for over 20 years”, starts Sauli Kiema. Such a career means he that has seen the entire rise of indoor climbing scene in Finland. He knows everyone, and everyone knows Sauli. A nice guy to talk to and hang out with. That’s why we also wanted to spend a moment together. Another reason…

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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, material suppliers, distributors etc. We were delighted to see such a good atmosphere between hold brands. One afternoon there was…

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