When we think of Jordan, we quickly think of Petra and its temple sculpted by the Nabataeans, the Dead Sea and the composition of its water so laden with salt that it becomes impossible to sink or even dive, or Wadi Rum and its desert dotted with red sandstone towers. It's good […]
It is indeed Wadi Rum and its very special climbing that I would like to talk to you about here. The sandstone, compact sand in short, sculpted by water and the wind, offers ever more spectacular shapes: from small columns to lunules via taffoni, these large alcoves which require recovery in 6a pitches, crimps in steep walls or perfect cracks. The climbing is rich there and requires time to adapt to tame this very special rock.
On February 17, 2023 at 5:25 p.m., the Arte program “Invitation to travel” makes a stopover in the Sierra de Guara and focuses on its canyons and the pioneers who discovered them through the report “Canyoning, a blessing in Aragon” by Laurence Fleury.
Interview with Caroline facing the Cuca de Bellosta in the Upper Mascun
The opportunity for the journalist to interview Caroline to talk about her father, Pierre Minvielle, explorer of many canyons in the region. He, with his team of the time (Jean-Marc Thuilleaux, Anne-Marie Minvielle, Bernard Grangé and others…) carried out for example the premieres of the Mascun Supérieur, the Rio Vero, the Choca (canyon preserved and prohibited NOW)…
Shooting with Laurence Fleury
We warmly invite you to save the date to appreciate the beauties of the Sierra de Guara and understand the history of the exploration of its canyons.
When Mihai asks me to accompany him on a climbing trip to coach him and his family, the destination is easy to find.
Turkey has many cliffs developed in the last 20 years. Some very accessible and others more remote. Several trips have allowed me to discover them and determine which ones best suit our group, climbing between 6a and 8a.
About fifteen days are available to us and we decide to spend 8 days around Antalya, in Geyik Bayiri and Citdibi, then 5 days towards Olympos.
There are still stars in my eyes thinking back to that fall day. The kind of day that Haute-Savoie sometimes offers us in October, you just have to know how to seize it. Last year I took the opportunity to spend a beautiful day at altitude in Digital Crack. This year, the Fiz are dry and still taunt me with its high walls. 3 years that I want to visit the wall of Anterne, since I live at the foot.
What I am going to tell you corresponds to my thoughts and feelings experienced over the past two months during the process of working and linking Classe Croute, 8b. It's a work process that I discover in these terms and which can correspond to any climber who reaches his limit and tries to push it back, whether in 6b or 9a.
It all starts on the New Year's weekend that we spend at Mollans, a cliff that I finally discover. After 3 full days of testing, I got to the end of Classe Pieds, a solid 7c+ which could well be worth 8a given the high level of resistance required. This 1er January, the conditions are perfect, we are the only ones in this sector Céline and I and we each do our routes side by side: Classe Pieds for me and Classe Croute for Céline! In short, nothing to say about the ideal nature of this day.
First weekend as a team in a select committee: Antoine, Gabriel, Arnaud and me. We decide on Autridge, the beautiful cliff perched above the Ardèche gorges. No one knows except Antoine. For him it's a bit like his garden. Our local has done almost all the routes and sends us his desire…
5 years ago, when I went to visit Greece by car with Claire to cut between the two years of preparation, we went to Meteora, marveling at these rock formations. I said to myself: “We'll have to come back for a Kalymnos-Meteora trip”. Kalymnos is done.
Passionate climber, I officially started climbing at the age of 6. The exterior and the mineral correspond to my ultimate aspirations. The playground is endless and the rock always has new subtleties to submit and puzzles to decode. I practice outdoor climbing in all its forms at a sustained level: from bouldering to multi-pitch in adventure terrain.
On the canyon side, my father, Pierre Minvielle, introduced me to it at a very young age around Rodellar, the place of his finest explorations. He gave me a taste for adventure and discovery and above all passed on his love for the Sierra de Guara.
Trained as an engineer, I decided to venture into the world of teaching and the transmission of knowledge by becoming a climbing and canyoning instructor in order to be able to share this passion that drives me and help those who wish to achieve their dreams.
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CLIMBING AND CANYONING INSTRUCTOR (DE)
I grew up far from the mountains, on an island in the middle of the Pacific and if my first ascents were those of coconut trees, I became passionate about climbing when I returned to France. Touch of everything, globetrotter and passionate about outdoor activities on all elements, I became a fan of thrilling sports such as highline, base-jump and canyoning.
For me, the mountains and these activities restore to us this capacity for admiration and wonder that modern existence can so easily evacuate. Live fully the happiness of the moment, the renunciation of living for tomorrow because today is enough.
My meeting with Caro will have finally sealed my destiny, here I am a climber, in love with the Vercors and the Sierra de Guara, ready to share my passion with those who wish.
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