Nalle Hukkataival developing The Realm in Rocklands

Last summer, Finnish climber Nalle Hukkataival spent weeks developing a new sector, The Realm, in the bouldering paradise of Rocklands, South Africa. Now Kevin Takashi Smith has released a video about those days of hard work and first ascents. Enjoy!

You can read a lot more about the process of opening The Realm at Kevin Takashi’s blog.

By the way, the last problem on the video, Trust Issues, is the V14 | 8B+ that Ned Feehally flashed during his visit to The Realm.

The not-so-known work behind new boulders

Opening new boulders is alway hard work. Opening an entire sector is a lot of hard work. Brush needs to be cleared, landings need to be built and loose rocks removed before you can start opening the boulders.

And before all that work even begins, there’s an exploration phase, to decide if there’s a sector worth opening. And once the boulders are ready, you need to “document” them so others (and you) can find them in the future. There may be some climbing involved too.

Hukkataival's working globes after last year's productive season in Rocklands

It’s thanks to all that investment of time and labor that we get to enjoy all those boulders all over the planet. So to Hukkataival and his fellow boulder-cleaners, sector-explorers, and landing-builders… THANKS A LOT!

Hukkataival during one of his outings in Rocklands

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