Nalle Hukkataival may have added another V14 and V13 to his lifetime ticklist during his visit to Fontainebleau, France, but the more important thing that went down was his participation in a Black Diamond-backed event to both clean up the forest and educate climbers:
We wanted to get three messages across to people visiting the areas: - Don’t leave ANY trash in the forest, and if you see thrash on the ground pick it up - Clean your shoes before climbing, because dirty shoes severely polishes the footholds - Brush off tick marks and chalk, so holds won’t get polished For most climbers these things are, and should be, obvious but it’s good to remind people (for example, not everyone was aware that climbing with dirty shoes is bad for the rock). The purpose of this event was not so much to directly go clean up climbing areas, but more so to educate people to do their own part in keeping the forest clean. However, with the help of a lot of people we managed to remove about 250 kilos of trash from the climbing areas over three days!! Bas Cuvier, especially, was looking cleaner than I’ve ever seen it!
It’s nice to see a big company like Black Diamond and one of their well-known sponsored climbers in Hukkataival pitching in like this. Check out a little video they put together about the event by clicking on the below image.