The Nifleheim has been an open project for longer than I’ve been climbing. In the meadow area, the obvious overhang is home to what looked to be one of the most aesthetic and hardest lines in Alaska to date. Todd has put a considerable amount of work into it, and Drew had begun to work it recently.
Some folks I know from Boulder, Jamie Emerson and Brian Capps, are up here climbing for two weeks in Hatcher Pass. On his blog, Jamie compared the problem to the Colorado classic, No More Greener Grasses. Being that Alaska is so isolated, I am excited to see some strong guys come up here to put up harder stuff, and Nifleheim was on their ticklist. Until it broke. Here’s what Jamie said on b3bouldering:
“It was completely cracked and it flexed substantially when it was weighted. Brian rapped down the line and pulled the hold off with his hands and we watched Nifleheim go from V12 to V14 or harder. We tried the sequence briefly but it was way beyond us. It was somewhat disappointing having this problem break as it seemed like a really classic line we could climb, but what remains is a 3 or 4 star V15 for the future generations.”
I wonder if it will ever go?