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.
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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.
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Here is the video of a multi-pitch outing on the Petite Aiguille d'Ansabère in the Pyrenees.
Located in the Lescuns valley, the route is semi-equipped but large sections must be protected with nuts. The length is 300m for a maximum difficulty of 7a. Note the presence of a de-escalation/pendulum in a not very popular place which must be anticipated by the second! In short, a magnificent route, with character, in a superb and uncrowded location.
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Here is the video of a stay in the Dolomiti di Brenta, one of the many massifs that make up the Dolomites.
Climbers: Maxime Richard and Maxime Poirier
Routes taken or attempted:
Cima Farfalla – Die frau ist der ruine des alpinismus (250m, 7c)
Campanile Basso – Preuss (400m, 5c)
Crozon di Brenta – Super Maria (1000m, 6b)
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El Topo… This route has been in my head for more than 2 years. Opened for artificial in 1981 by Marco Troussier, it was refitted in 2008 for freestyle.
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Here is the video of the ascent of the dihedral Philipp Flamm (900m, 6b) on the North Face of the Civetta. One of my first bivouacs in full wall.
Climbers: Maxime Richard and Maxime Poirier
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The doors of the C3 are wide open and our belongings are piled up happily in the car park of the small village of Malga Ciapela, at the foot of the Queen of the Dolomites, the Marmolada.
It's the beginning of our Italian roadtrip, the organization is slowly coming together and for the moment, every time we need a carabiner, we have to take out three bags to get it. We designate one door per area of activity: the left for the bivouac and clothing, the right for food and finally, the trunk for climbing and free flight equipment.
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" Happy is he who can with a vigorous wing
To soar towards the luminous and serene fields"
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Sunday July 28, 2019, 3:30 a.m.: The Desert in Valjouffrey, Upper Bonne Valley
“Hey, psssst, get up, gotta go! my buddy Max whispers to me, trying not to wake the other people in the dorm. Talk about it, I barely slept all night and I was ready to take off in less than 10 seconds. All things are ready, I lace up my shoes, swallow a biscuit and I follow the silhouette of my companion in this clear and promising night.
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Here is the video of a unique canyon outing on Reunion Island: Colonoscopy V4A2VI
The initial objective was to do the Ravine Blanche waterfall but the unpredictable and capricious weather pushed us to change our plans to embark on Colonoscopie. The most memorable thing about this day is certainly the strenuous approach in the tropical jungle. Fortunately, I was well accompanied by Clem and Aurel who already knew the place!
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