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Philippe Ribière

Growing up: "Day after day, I free myself from my handicap. It’s wonderful, and thanks to climbing the results have been amazing. I was born with what considered at the time Rubinstein-Taybi syndrome, but today the diagnosis has changed and it is supposed to be something else, a mutated form waiting to be confirmed by official analysis. After a series of surgeries my adoptive parents encouraged me to play sports to help provide me with a sense of fulfillment. At the age of six, during a family holiday in St. Gervais, France, I discovered the joys of climbing. I was worried about the rappel, since I did not know if I was strong enough to hold the rope. My instructor added a safety rope and I launched myself into the void. I remember being panicked and happy at the same time, as well as proud that I could do the same thing as my brothers and sisters. When I reached the ground my legs were trembling and my heart was racing."

Philippe Ribière

Profile of Philippe

  • Date of birth : March 12 1977
  • Current status :
  • Hometown :
  • Activities : Rock climbing, Bouldering
  • Training : BAC in accounting, Vocational Training Certificate in management
  • Joined the Petzl Team : January 1 2002

Presentation

Several years later I renewed the experience on a camp for teenagers.

"Our daily routine included mountain biking, kayaking, hiking and climbing. On returning home I was keen to join a cycling club. By bad, or perhaps it was good luck, the director of the club refused me a license without giving any explanation. So I joined a climbing club and two years later I got to the finals of the junior championships in France. It was a moving experience as it was my first journey where time did not matter. We had fun, we went to bed, late we forgot about healthy eating and above all we were free. It is possible that this journey had a great influence on me. Today my main activity is sport climbing with a preference for bouldering. Climbing gives me confidence, feeling in my arms and legs and the simple pleasure of being outside. Climbing fulfills my need for commitment. Climbing gives my life a purpose. Climbing allows me as an individual to reach a certain social level, to meet the best climbers, to organize events for people of reduced mobility thanks to Handigrimpe and the Evolution Tour."

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Playlist  vidéo featuring Philippe "Petitou" Ribière

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My motto is precisely that I don’t have one

"Nothing is difficult. Everything is a question of acceptance and perception. My handicap is the most precious gift that nature has given me and overcoming it is the best way of finding myself. I don’t forget that I am only a grain of sand in the universe. My aim is to spread my experience in one direction but towards the four corners of the globe for I believe I can add my small stone to the edifice. My creed is to: commitment, honesty and respect for sporting values. One of my dreams is to go on to photography and to be able to capture the invisible."  

My experiences

"Thanks to the Handigrimpe events I have met stars of the cinema, music and fashion. One day when I was participating in a filming project a musician asked me to take part in the sound track. In the end after a month of work he pushed me onto the stage and I took part in my first gig. Since then whenever the occasion permits I get on the stage andAjam or juggle with fire."

Major ascents

  • A stage of the World cup (sport climbing) 2000
    The year 2000 marked the beginning of my work for the recognition of handicapped climbers: meeting with the international federations (ICC and UIAA), giving demonstrations with handicapped climbers during the European Championships in 2002 and the world championships in 2003.
  • Creation of the association Handigrimpe in 2003
    The first HandiGrimpe event took place in Gard, with the collaboration of the local club Roc’NPof, the local council of Gard, the management of the local Department de la Jeunesse et sport and the FFME. Those present included the winner of the World cup Jérôme Meyer and the para Olympic medalist at Atlanta, Dominique Andre.
  • Second Handigrimpe with Patrick Edlingeras guest of honor, 2004
  • "EVOLUTION TOUR", a tour of European climbing venues with conferences for the development of climbing walls and French ambassadors 2009 "This tour allowed me to climb in a maximum number of venues in the company of some of the best climbers in the world.
  • Bronze medal (speed climbing) at the first Paraclimbing World Cup in Arco (Italy) 2011

Other information

Press coverage

  • Grimper magazine , October 2011: "Recherche et handicap" article by Laurent Vigouroux  

Films

  • "An Original Life" and "Singularité": producer Philippe Ribiere
  • WILD ONE "A history about Philippe Ribiere": producer Breceljnik Jure.

Included in this article

Xavier De Le Rue I have the chance to experience the evolution of my sport: "For a long time I was best known for my titles in snowboard cross. But recently I’ve had the chance to devote myself to my lifelong passion for freeride snowboarding. I spend my time traveling for different film projects. I also spend a lot of time competing on the Freeride World Tour. Since my days as a grom I always loved riding the powder at the sides of the slopes. Since then, my progression has been guided by passion. This is the chance for me to take the bull by the horns and enjoy the mountains, travel, and be open-minded to new things. It’s also my job. I have a beautiful life. I am very lucky and I should remind myself of that more often." Gérôme Pouvreau "I, Gerome Pouvreau, declare that : I love competition ; I constantly want to push my limits and come off routes totally stoked and high on life." Charlotte Durif In for the long haul : "I started quite naturally with my father and my brother on big, high-mountain routes where we bivvied on the glaciers. I was very young and I was immediately captivated by this environment into which I had immersed myself: nature, hiking, skiing, canyoning and via ferrata. Then I paid to go climbing indoors and I was completely hooked by this more technical style of climbing. At the spots I go to the most, I meet people who are driven by simplicity, people who are often outside the system. I find that my taste for climbing is becoming more and more influenced by their way of living. Their authenticity and their influence truly orients my life choices. I know why I climb and that is why I climb. I am in harmony with my way of being active and the peace that I get from nature. I love long, sustained routes because they allow me to settle in for the long haul. They give me the time to be more creative in solving problems one after another. This feeling hits me when I’m far above the belay and it leaves me with memories of emotionally-charged feelings and movements." Daila Ojeda Sanchez Climbing is formative: "I started climbing when I was 19 years old, after having watched a bouldering competition in the village where I was born. It completely changed my life. Before, I participated in mostly sea-oriented sports such as bodyboarding and surfing. I was always at the beach, which is perfectly normal when you live in the Canary Islands. My friends from Gran Canaria taught me that climbing is more than a sport, that it is a true way of life. This experience changed me. I temporarily left the island and moved to Catalonia, one of the best places in the word for rock climbing. I went from a maritime paradise to a rock paradise. I have always had a passion for the outdoors. In the Canary Islands, both the ocean and nature are an integral part of the culture. I started surfing when I was very young. I’ve always been linked to this sort of activity, where the rules and traditions form a union between nature and oneself."