For the past 10 years, the Petzl RocTrips have been bringing together pro and amateur climbers in amazing locations. Far from the competitive side of the sport, this event allows everyone to enjoy climbing routes developed especially for the occasion. For the 2011 edition, a completely new site has been developed in the heart of China.
Nestled in the peaks of the Guizhou province, the immense natural arch and featured walls of Chuanschang were awaiting a visit. On two occasions, a solid team of international route setters visited the area and put up some incredibly beautiful routes.
October 2010: Dani Andrada, a legendary climber on Team Petzl, was among the first route setters to visit the area. Dani left the following message to Serge Castéran, who was in the process of packing his bags to go and meet him: "Sergio... Inhumana! La cueva es brutal como 5 time Santa Linya, te dejare vias de 5 estrellas ay montones" --> "Sergio, it's unreal! The cave is brutal, it's like five times the size of Santa Linya with an amazing number of 5-star routes to climb!"
250 climbing pitches
At the Petzl RocTrip China 2011, participants will be offered no fewer than 250 climbing pitches spread across 15 sectors in the valley. On the menu: a cocktail of extreme routes (up to 9a for the best climbers) accompanied by loads of moderate routes for everyone all served up on delicious limestone walls. The Chuanschang arch comes into its own in the autumn when the rays of the rising sun shine across the river.
Getu Valley and its inhabitants are already preparing their welcome for the climbers from around the world and this time of friendship surrounding their passion for climbing. Of course, the Petzl team will be present and will be joined by the elite of the Asian climbing community. The trip is a total change of scenery that will take you halfway around the world and through the arch at the end of the road. It will also be a unique opportunity to meet the Miao villagers, proud farmers who have been cultivating their rice fields for millennia.
Partners for the 2011 RocTrip include: La Sportiva, Ozark, Air Star, CMA, GZMA, and Guizhou Province
Stay tuned for more information!!!