Newsletter from BK 3.6.

Hello, dear BK friends!

Summer is here! Soon we’ll celebrate the upcoming renovation of Konala and reminisce about the good old times at the Konala Upgrade Party! There will be BK CUP, grilling, music, friends, snacks and announcing the new layout of the gym! Read more about the party, the next outdoor bouldering course and climbing etiquette below.

Konalan Upgrade Party x BK CUP

IT'S KONALA, IT'S PARTY! The Konala gym, which opened in 2010, will get the celebration it deserves on June 14th, Friday. The party is together with the BK CUP and it takes place before the winds of reform!!! Due to Konala being improved during July, it's good to raise a toast to the beloved Konala gym on the eve of midsummer!

There will be music, great climbing, delicious snacks, the grill will be hot and the drinks will be cold! The routesetting team promised to set old-school style problems on the walls in honor of the good old Konala theme.

In addition to this, we’ll add the traditional comp categories for 40+ year-olds: women and open! This means we expect to see all of you old school climbers there ;)

We will also reveal which training wall was chosen for Konala 2.0 and other information about the renovated gym - exciting!

In addition, we’ll have all kinds of nice little activities in great company - more info coming up closer to the event!

Welcome on the 14th of June from 6 pm! Yay, party!!

Ps. Event is on Facebook - click yourself attending! ☀️☀️☀️

Outdoor bouldering courses

Hurrah! We have added a new outdoor bouldering course to the calendar!

The next course will be held on

  • Saturday, June 15th at 11:00 on Taivaskallio in Käpylä in Helsinki.

The duration of the course is 3 hours and the price of the course is 100 €.

Your coach will be our great Tatu, who is an outdoor climbing expert! This course is for those who want to start outdoor bouldering safely and understand the specifics that go into successful outdoor climbing. There are 3 - 6 people per group.

Note: if the weather does not permit, we will change the date of course! Let's hope there's no need.

What you'll learn:

  • A safe way to climb outdoors
  • Ethics related to outdoor climbing
  • How to read an outdoor boulder problem and the specifics of outdoor bouldering

Come and learn the secrets of outdoor climbing! Sign up here.

PS. All the participants get a 20% discount code for 27crags app! 27crags app works as your guide when climbing outdoors!


Versatile, comfortable, handsome and vegan. Is there anything else needed? La Sportiva's Mistral is a long-awaited new addition to our shoe shelf. Great for outdoor climbing and small footholds, but also for indoor climbing due to its durability and comfort. Come and test at the gym or buy directly from the webshop.

Summer opening hours 2024

Boulderkeskus gyms are open within summer opening hours starting from the beginning of June. The gyms are open from 1.6. to 11.8. as follows:

Mon-Fri 10 - 21.00
Sat-Sun 12 - 18.00

Mon-Fri 14 - 20.00
Sat-Sun 12 - 18.00

Mon-Fri 14 - 20.00
Sat-Sun 12 - 18.00

Mon-Fri 10 - 21.00
Sat-Sun 12 - 18.00

Yearly members and Premium pass holders can climb 24/7 whenever it suits them best! Remember also our super summer pass offers that are available in our shops as well as online!

Summer Training Groups 11.6. - 16.7.

The super popular Training Groups will gather during the summer months in various locations starting from June 11th!

We are offering six summer sessions on Tuesdays from 17.00 - 19.00 and 19.00 - 21.00. The sessions will be in various locations, including outdoors if the weather permits. See all the dates and locations here.

Newsletter series: Climbing etiquette

There are many "unwritten rules" in climbing, and there are many types of climbers in the gyms. In order to make climbing as comfortable as possible for everyone, we decided to start a column in the newsletter where we go through (especially Boulderkeskus') climbing etiquette - of course, many instructions apply anywhere!

Indoor climbing "rules"

As outdoor climbing, indoor climbing also has some "rules" for correctly climbing a problem. Different gyms have different grading (difficulty level) systems and different instructions in other parts too. These below apply specifically to the gyms of Boulderkeskus, but some can be generalized to indoor climbing everywhere.

  • In the Boulderkeskus gyms, the difficulty level of the problem is determined by grade on the note next to the starting holds. One problem has single-colored holds. "Completing" a certain problem therefore requires that you only climb climbs of a certain color. There are some exceptions: sometimes competition problems or other special problems, which can have several different colors.

  • The starting holds are marked for the hands and in competition climbing also for the feet with tapes. The top hold is the last hold, and for you to properly climb a problem you need to bring both hands in a controlled manner to the last hold (just a slight touch before the position fails you and you fall down does not count ;) ). You don't have to use all the holds, and if you can get to the top by dynoing, i.e. jumping directly to the top, it's just as well done as any other way.

  • At Boulderkeskus, volumes, i.e. boxes, are not actual holds and therefore can be used for multiple problems. Volumes can be used for hands and feet. Today, there are some holds that are very similar to boxes in shape. If you are unsure whether it is a hold for a specific problem or a box that belongs to all problems, you can always ask the cashier for advice!

  • In practice, the bolt holes of the grips can be used when climbing, if they are not blocked by a plug separately, but usually it is not appropriate - routesetters usually do not use plugs in the everyday setting, but the purpose is still that the holes would not be used for help.

  • Black tape on the edge of the wall means that the edge or the wall behind it is not in use. Tape is often seen in competitions.

As the most important reminders of the rules of good behavior:

  • If someone else has started their own problem first and that one crosses your own problem, you are obliged to give way!

  • Use a brush: the more the holds are brushed, the better they stay! If you have cleaned the problem and go to get some chalk, others must wait for their turn.

However, at the gym you can climb with exactly the holds you want and how you feel like - these rules mainly only apply to the correct execution of the problem. When coming down, you can always use all the holds to make the descent as safe as possible.

This was the last part of the climbing etiquette series! Was there an area left unaddressed? Is there a topic you would like us to write about? Feedback can be sent here or via email

Upcoming courses

Outdoor bouldering 101 -course

  • Sat 15.6. from 11.00 to 14.00 at Taivaskallio in Käpylä in Helsinki

Read more and sign up here!


Reserved groups climbing at the gym during the following two weeks:

BK Espoo

BK Climbers summer camp 3. - 7.6. from 9.30 to 15.00

BK Climbers summer camp 10. - 14.6. from 9.30 to 15.00

Tue 4.6. group from 12.00 to 13.00

Wed 5.6. group from 11.00 to 12.00

Fri 7.6. group from 15.30 to 16.30

Sun 9.6. group from 14.00 to 16.00

Wed 12.6. group from 10.30 to 11.30

BK Herttoniemi

BK Climbers summer camp 3. - 7.6. from 9.30 to 15.00

BK Climbers summer camp 10. - 14.6. from 9.30 to 15.00

BK Pasila

Fri 7.6. group from 16.00 to 18.00

BK Kino

BK Climbers summer camp 3. - 7.6. from 9.30 to 15.00

BK Climbers summer camp 10. - 14.6. from 9.30 to 15.00


New, inspiring problems can be found every week from every gym. Check Instagram @boulderkeskus for the newest classics out there. Share your beta on Instagram with the hashtag #howonearthbk

Week 3. - 6.6.

Monday Espoo (C+D) + Herttoniemi (N)

Tuesday Konala (P)

Wednesday Pasila (D) 

Thursday Espoo (Flash) + Herttoniemi (kids' wall)

Week 10. - 14.6.

Monday Espoo (E)

Tuesday Herttoniemi (A+B)

Wednesday Pasila (C)

Thursday Konala (BK CUP setting)

Friday Konala (BK CUP setting)

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♥ BK team

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