|Nalle Hukkataival||8C/V15||1st May 2014||One of Nalle’s longest standing projects. YouTube video|
|Jakob Schubert||8C/V15||7th Apr 2015||Mannequin Challenge and ascent video|
|Stefan Scarperi||8C/V15||7th Mar 2020||YouTube video|
|Nicolai Užnik||8C/V15||4th Dec 2020||YouTube Video|
|Florian Wientjes||8C/V15||21st Nov 2021||YouTube video|
Since the Bügeleisen stand start was established in 2001, it became a well-known test piece for many elite climbers. The 50°, overhanging problem got its first repeat pretty quickly, with Markus Bock claiming an ascent of the stand start on the 1st March 2002.
After Bock’s repeat, however, the ascents dried up. It wasn’t until Nalle Hukkataival arrived in April 2013, over a decade later, that the boulder eventually got its third stand-start ascent.
Wall of Glory
First Ascent (Sit Start): Nalle Hukkataival
1st May 2014
Second Ascent: Jakob Schubert
7th April 2015
In 2020 Bügeleisen sit start got two more repeats. Stefan Scarperi journeyed to Austria in March and made light work of the stand start, ticking it off within 24 hours of arriving at Maltatal. He had attempted the route in 2018, although 25℃ temperatures made an ascent near impossible. Despite initially deeming the sit start link up too hard, after three days working the problem Scarperi claimed the third ascent on the 7th March 2020.
The next ascent came from Nicolai Užnik in December, who has ticked off both the sit and stand start variation. The 20-year-old had made a few trips to Maltatal throughout the year, having first claimed the stand start in March. He returned in the summer looking to link up the sit start, although the high humidity and excessive rain stalled progress. Nicolai explained that the sit start moves aren’t particularly hard (7B+), but because they add 3-4 moves on this power-intensive problem, it makes completing the rest of the problem significantly harder.
After returning in December, where the climbing conditions were significantly better, the young Austrian claimed the fourth ascent on his first day back, taking a total of four sessions to top out Bügeleisen sit start.