Rock climbing

Long Routes - Petzl Team extend themselves

The Petzl Roc trips get better and better, bigger and bigger. This year was no exception, with single pitch routes 100m long, I don't think they get any longer. I was invited again, obviously as the token Brit, there for dry humour and poor dress sense and perhaps because I've won a few trips, even up against the likes of Sharma and Andrada. Fortunately they hadn't spotted it was clearly either a fluke or involved some serious cunning. On performance alone I think I'd be lucky to scrape in!


Long Routes - Petzl Team extend themselves

The Petzl Roc trips get better and better, bigger and bigger. This year was no exception, with single pitch routes 100m long, I don't think they get any longer. I was invited again, obviously as the token Brit, there for dry humour and poor dress sense and perhaps because I've won a few trips, even up against the likes of Sharma and Andrada. Fortunately they hadn't spotted it was clearly either a fluke or involved some serious cunning. On performance alone I think I'd be lucky to scrape in!


Infinity Lanes - the pictures

Check out Sam Bié's photos of the Petzl Roctrip in Millau (Gorges de la Jonte).

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Petzl Roctrip: rope techniques for multi-pitch climbing

2009 Petzl Roctrip at the Natural Games in Millau, France

Des Red Rocks au Big Stone

Difficile de résister à l’appel des grands murs du Yosemite et de ses voies mythiques dont les noms résonnent dans nos têtes…
Afin de se mettre dans le bain en douceur et de ne pas brutaliser un genou quasi tout neuf, nous avons choisi, dans un premier temps, de faire des voies « à la journée », avec des sacs d’un poids, disons, « raisonnable ».

Mecca survives!

Hardly news to 99.999% of climbers, but to those that care, the starting block falling off at the start of Mecca was a big issue!

 

Mecca survives!

Hardly news to 99.999% of climbers, but to those that care, the starting block falling off at the start of Mecca was a big issue!

 

Champion de France 2009

Alors ça, c'est une véritable bonne surprise.
Ayant sérré beaucoup
plus de ponceuses, disqueuses et autres machines de bricolage...que des
prises ces derniers temps, je suis heureux de constater que la grimpe
qualitative (relâchement et rési spécifique) sur laquelle j'ai orienté
mes temps de grimpe a payé.

Je pense aussi que le fait d'avoir abordé cette compétition avec un maximum de détachement et de plaisir a beaucoup joué dans la balance...

Champion de France 2009

Alors ça, c'est une véritable bonne surprise.
Ayant sérré beaucoup
plus de ponceuses, disqueuses et autres machines de bricolage...que des
prises ces derniers temps, je suis heureux de constater que la grimpe
qualitative (relâchement et rési spécifique) sur laquelle j'ai orienté
mes temps de grimpe a payé.

Je pense aussi que le fait d'avoir abordé cette compétition avec un maximum de détachement et de plaisir a beaucoup joué dans la balance...

Red Rocks...

There are some climbing areas that I have always enjoyed and where I will always return with lots of pleasure.
The Red Rocks are one of those places. I love the sandstone there and the feeling of being in the middle of such a massive rock formation colored in red, purple and beige...
Red rocks is a great place for moderate climbs, bouldering and long multipitch trad climbing route.

That was an ideal place for me to start climbing again outside.