When Nalle Hukkataival asked us about an invitational competition in Helsinki, where we would set our own boulders, Kilian and me were excited. The format arose our interest and also the timing of the comp was perfect for us. After the warmth of Sardinia it was time to freeze a little bit in Finland. Kilian and me headed to the Sisu masters and thought that it will be cold.... but the competition took place in a beach volleyball arena and in there it was rather warm.
In total we were eight climbers, four men and four women. The team consisted of Nalle Hukkataival, Andy Gullsten, Dave Graham, Kilian Fischhuber, Anna Laitinen, Eevi Jaakkola, Melissa LeNevé and myself. We had a great time setting our boulders, although this process took us about five hours and it took a lot of skin. At the end I was really happy with my boulder, because it was complex with a dyno to start off, then a powerful move and finally some balance problem with bad holds to the top. At that point I still thought that it would work out... It was interesting to see the different styles of problems of the climbers. Nalle created a crazy shoulder-problem, Dave's boulder was rather long and tricky and Mel's boulder had a flower in it.
After one rest day, where we strolled around the city, took a ferry to Suomenlinna and enjoyed grilled salmon, it was time for the competition. I had a good time trying very hard and watching the other climbers. Melissa climbed her problem with ease while I just could not do her last move. When it came to my problem I was already tired and did not have too much skin left. Although I cannot complain about that since Anna Laitinen literally had no skin left: already after the first boulder she came back bleeding with huge holes in her fingertips. On my boulder I stuck the jump, did the powerful move, but could not do the end, which was a pity, because I would have loved to climb it. After four boulders the winners were decided. Nalle Hukkataival won the men's event, while Melissa LeNevé won the women's category. Finally it was time to party in the beach volleyball arena!