I´m Juho Knuuttila, a 25-year-old climber from Finland. I grew up in the small town of Imatra, located very near of Russian border.
My journey into the climbing world was quite old fashioned, which might be surprising in the age of climbing gyms. I have always been happy and free in nature. But living amid lakes and forests I had never seen mountains. In 2007, when we took a family holiday trip to the island of Madeira, I saw mountains for the first time. I was hooked by the diversity of nature and wild landscapes of the island. Over the coming years, I spent most of my time traversing on small rocks with sneakers or working beside school, trying to earn enough money to see mountains again.
With my savings I was able to hike some easy mountains like Kilimanjaro and Elbrus with my mum. In 2012 I realised that if I ever want to climb bigger peaks I needed to learn rope management skills and start climbing. So, I began to rock and ice climb. This wasn`t easy in my hometown, as there was a distinct lack of climbers and indoor training facilities.
I got my driving license in 2014 and that boosted my climbing. I was no longer limited to one place with a small amount of boulderers. By the end of 2015 I had climbed north faces of the Eiger, the Matterhorn and the Grandes Jorasses, soloed few 7000m peaks and significantly raised my technical climbing skills.