Sunday, May 10, 2009
"Rock Vandal" - Rollarit, a Helsinki classic
Rollarit - a small cliff just next to Helsinki's outer ring road. It's always been noisy there, and now since the road has been improved to the new harbour, it is yet noisier. Never mind - it's still the closest roped climbing to town, and you can even walk there from the last metro stop in about 15 minutes if you have a sense of direction; just watch out for the old concrete reinforced trenches in the woods, readied in the 1940s for a last ditch defence of the capital from a Russian attack that never came. Rollarit isn't granite like everywhere else, it is softer on the fingers and there different types of holds. I'm not sure what it is, some sort of dolerite perhaps, but it is a change from the normal Helsinki granite crystal crimping or skin-ripping cracks. You can't go wrong on Rock Vandal - the most obvious corner, slashing its way up the highest part of the crag. A bunch of nuts, a few small to medium cams, and the strength to hang on and place them, and you won't get too scared either. Rack up and head for the sky.