The head organization of Finnish climbing, Suomen Kiipeilyliitto ry. (registered association) SKIL, was founded in 1994. Internationally the association is called The Finnish Climbing Association (FCA) and in Swedish Finlands Klätterförbund (FKF) r.f. Until the 1990s, organized Finnish climbing had been developed by Suomen Alppikerho (founded in 1962).
The purpose of SKIL is:
- to promote Finnish climbing
- to promote all subtypes of climbing
- to promote Finnish ski randonnée
- to act as the head organization of Finnish climbing clubs
- to take care of the connections to international climbing associations
- to monitor the education work of climbing clubs in Finland
- to monitor and promote competition climbing in Finland
For these purposes SKIL has competition-, education- and youth committees.
SKIL’s work is based on the ethical principles and fair play of sport. SKIL makes an effort to promote equality between sexes.
SKIL is a member of the following organizations:
International head organization of climbing
Union Internationale des Associations d'Alpinisme (UIAA), International Mountaineering and Climbing Federation.
International head organization of sport climbing
International Council for Competition Climbing (IFSC)
Access problems in climbing literature refer to situations where climbing is prohibited or limited by certain restrictions. These problems have in short time evolved as the biggest constrainment to climbing in the world. In Finland, these problems have increased in recent years at alarming rate due to growing climbing population. Amount of climbers per se are not the problem but the individuals who do not know the rules or live by them!
Tolerant and polite manners, respecting others and common sense prevent majority of the problems!
- when parking, leave unobstructed way for local habitants and agricultural machinery
- do not walk close to habitation or through agricultural (or any other) plantation
- do not litter or make unnecessarily loud noises when at the cliff
- making fire is allowed only with a permit!
- saying ”hello” and polite manners can help to save yet many more climbing spots!
It is clear that if the rules are not followed we will see more conflicts and our climbing spots will see restrictions. The scarce number of climbing spots in Finland demands that we, the climbers, can't lose any of them!
Everyman´s right in Finland
Jedermannsrechte in Finland
Les droits de tout un chacun en Finlande
Право каждого человека на природу в Финляндии
MOST IMPORTANT ACCESS BULLETINS IN ENGLISH
Climbing in Kleverberget is not allowed!
The land owner of Kleverberget has disallowed climbing in the cliff for the time being as of 4.7.2009.
Access situation heated up in June 2009 when a group of climbers made lots of unnecessary noise at the cliff. Later, the group walked through the planted field which is not allowed during growing period. The land owner has seized all climbing in the cliff as of 4.7.2009.
Walking through the agricultural field
Traces of fire on top of the cliff and tobacco butts etc. in the close by area
Repeated disturbance in form noise and shouting
According to hearsay, the people involved were at least partially foreign climbers.
Up to date information about the situation at slouppi.net and climbing.fi. If you have more information about the incident, you can leave information with feedback function on the main page of climbing.fi
The land owner of Kleverberget has complained about unnecessarily loud noise on saturday 13.6.2009. In order to avoid access problems, it is important to avoid making loud noise at the cliff and follow respectful manners.
The traditional Finnish legal concept of everyman's right allows free right of access to the land and waterways, and the right to collect natural products such as wild berries and mushrooms, no matter who owns the land. These rights also generally apply to foreign citizens, with certain exceptions related to local boating, fishing and hunting rights.
Everyman's right means that access to the land is free of charge, and does not require the landowner's permission. People taking advantage of these rights are nevertheless obliged not to cause any damage or disturbance. Everyman's right consists of a set of generally accepted traditions that have also been enshrined in various laws and regulations.
Within the EU, such rights are most widely applied in the Nordic Countries, where the right to roam and pick berries and mushrooms is an important part of local cultures. In other countries such rights vary considerably, and are typically much more limited - partly because these countries are more densely populated and have fewer forests, but also because of their different land-ownership traditions.
walk, ski or cycle freely in the countryside, except in gardens, in the immediate vicinity of people’s homes, and in fields and plantations which could easily be damaged, stay or set up camp temporarily in the countryside, a reasonable distance from homes, pick wild berries, mushrooms and flowers, as long as they are not protected species, fish with a rod and line, row, sail or use a motorboat on waterways, with certain restrictions; swim or wash in inland waters and the sea
walk, ski and fish on frozen lakes, rivers and the sea.
You may not:
disturb other people or damage property, disturb breeding birds, or their nests or young, disturb reindeer or game animals, cut down or damage living trees, or collect wood, moss or lichen on other people’s property, light open fires on other people’s property, except in an emergency, disturb the privacy of people’s homes, by camping too near them, or making too much noise, for example
leave litter, drive motor vehicles off road without the landowner’s permission
fish or hunt without the relevant permits.
Everyman's right is working well:
According to a study, landowners, hikers and authorities agree that everyman's right is working well. Everyman's right is considered extremely important in Finland and not many problems are related to its use. Retaining the right as it is is seen as important.