Last fall, from October 26-30, 2011, more than 600 climbers gathered with our team for Petzl RocTrip China. All participants discovered and enjoyed more than 250 brand new pitches on unbelievable limestone especially prepared for the event. The long-awaited movie has now arrived.
The Baraka Flims crew (Vladimir Cellier et Julien Nadiras) needed a few long months of editing to carefully put the finishing touches on the movie.
With more 2 TB of climbing dailies, filmed in collaboration with Bertrand Delapierre and Guillaume Broust, with interviews in multiple languages, with an original soundtrack, as well as with a number of extreme sends to showcase, the final cut proved to be a very complex project to complete.
Without further ado, it’s showtime! Let’s hit the road for the Guizhou province in Southwest China, specifically to the high cliffs and the Great Arch of Getu He: an intense trip to discover a mysterious land, to meet the friendly local population, and to rope up with the enthusiastic crowd of climbers from all over the world who attended the event.
Among the highlights of the film, watch Dani Andrada’s first ascent of the extremely difficult 7-pitch Corazon de Ensueno (8c/5.14b), a route he put up in 2010 over the course of two trips to the area to prepare for the RocTrip. For this outstanding feat, Dani was awarded Climbing Magazine’s prestigious Golden Piton.
Other sequences include Steph Bodet and Arnaud Petit sending their project, Lost in Translation (8a+/5.13c), Gabriele Moroni’s first ascent of Coup de Bambou (9a/5.14d), as well as other images of spectacular climbs up and down the valley.
Rock climbing in China is growing quickly, and this Petzl RocTrip provided the opportunity to develop a major area for climbers of all levels: more than half of the routes are of moderate difficulty rated between 5.9 and 5.11 (5c to 6c).
The Getu Valley will without a doubt become a popular destination for climbers, and the locals are excited to take part in this cultural and economic development. Negotiations are currently underway to extend the boundaries of Getu River Natural Park in order to protect the natural environment from any future industrial development.
All climbing enthusiasts will be excited to know that the Chinese Mountain Association and the Guizhou Mountain Association are currently in the process of organizing the next climbers’ meeting, scheduled to take place from August 23-26, 2012.
Enjoy 80 photos from the trip taken by photographers Sam Bié, Guillaume Vallot, John Evans, Justin Roth and Laurent Lafouche
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Said Belhaj on Lost in China - Photo © Sam Bié
A ray of light pierces Getu He’s Great Arch - Photo © Erwan Lelann
Marcos Costa & Toni Arbonès on Nihao Wokepa! - Photo © Laurent Lafouche
Michaël Fuselier on Lost in Translation - Photo © Sam Bié
For more information
- The Petzl RocTrip China page (information, guidebook...)
- Others news from the event
- The music from the film is available on the Baraka Flims website
- Video - The first video from the event - 5min
- Video - Daniel Dulac on La Voie du Milieu - 8min
- The website for Baraka Flims