Lisa Rands

Lisa Rands - photo: © John Evans
Lisa Rands on The Mandala - photo: © Wills Young

USA

USA
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Photo portrait: 
Lisa Rands portrait - photo: © John Evans
Lieu de résidence: 
Bishop, California
Formation: 
Bachelor of Science in Geology
Statut actuel: 
Professional Climber
Date d'entrée dans le Team Petzl: 
2002

Inspired climbing
My life revolves around climbing and part of my personality is formed by my experiences rock climbing. I could not feel complete without climbing. I try to live my life in a straightforward and honest way. I am self-motivated and driven by my own goals and not by other people or other people’s goals. I lead my life trying to pursue my goals in climbing.

I am not going to alleviate the world’s problems with my climbing, but if I can inspire others to follow their dreams and pursue their own goals, or simply to brighten their lives with new experiences or encouragement from me, I feel my climbing has accomplished something. I also hope that my sponsors can help in bigger ways to give something back that I cannot. I am sure many other Petzl Team members share these views.

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Turning point 
When I first started climbing, which was not until my mid-teens, I dreamed of being up on big walls, high off the ground in the mountains. My partner and I were inspired by classic big aid lines and believed this was the pinnacle of climbing. Then one day I was out in Zion with my etriers and jumars starting up on a clean-aid climbing route with my partner.

I was only about 18, but I knew that to be ready for these big lines we had to pack in the calories, so I was tucking into a big stash of peanut M&Ms while on one of the first pitches. As I was pouring these out from a wide-mouth Nalgene bottle attached by a sling to my harness, I looked over and saw a couple of greasy, older-looking dudes totally out of shape with their big beer-bellies, sweating away as they stood in aiders creeping up a line to our right. As they started talking to me I suddenly had the realization that I was not destined to be an aid climber, that I had to get out of this and start free climbing while I was young and fit! What was I doing?

My favorite places
I fell in love with South Africa and I also love visiting England. But for summers, the Sierra Nevada Mountains are hard to beat.


I spent three summers in South Africa. The farm we stayed on started to feel like a home away from home. It was both beautiful and timeless. The climbing is good and I really like the relaxed atmosphere. My brother-in-law is married to a South African woman and they both now live there for work, so now it has a family connection. My husband grew up in England. Most of his family live there and so it's great to visit them. We both enjoy the gritstone climbing and the scenery of the Peak District. We love The Peak District so much that we got married there.

Part of a community
I belong to a huge network of climbers from all over the world; Facebook definitely reminds me of that. I feel like I’m part of a huge community of friends, even though many of them are unknown to me. Living in a climbing destination like Bishop, I’m always meeting people who know me for my climbing. Sometimes it’s funny, like when you're shopping for some private items at the grocery store and a climber comes up to talk to you… this actually happened — we all started laughing as I was holding a box of tampons! It’s always really cool to be out climbing or whatever and someone stops me just to say, "Hi." It’s pretty amusing when I’m with Peter Croft who is really famous in the climbing world, especially around the Sierra Mountains. We get stopped a lot. Although I’m naturally a bit shy, I still enjoy meeting people and being able to inspire and encourage others. This is probably the best part of what I do.

Frustrations
My biggest frustration has revolved around injuries and health problems. A knee injury has frustrated me for years, and I am constantly working to stay on top of that. Traveling has led to some sickness, too, which can sap my energy. I know I have missed some opportunities because of this, which has been sad, but I have also learned to really appreciate and to make the most of those great times when I feel healthy and can push myself hard!

My perfect day... 
I would wake up and the weather would be perfect. I would be so well-rested, I wouldn't even need tea or coffee. I would join my friends at a world-class, yet never crowed, climbing area just a short walk from my house. Since the potential is never-ending, I would spend the entire day testing my on-sight abilities on all new routes or problems. If we felt like it, my partner and I would try one of the harder routes. If it felt like more fun to keep on-sighting, we would continue with that until everyone was exhausted. Then we’d fire up the barbecue and sip a good wine outside while watching the sunset.

An important message
I like to encourage people to make the most of their time and health and pursue their dreams. I like to put these thoughts across to whoever I speak with about my life as a climber, not just to the younger generations but to everyone.

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Daniel Woods

Daniel Woods
Daniel Woods profile - photo: © Forest Woodward

USA

USA
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Photo portrait: 
Daniel Woods portrait
Date de naissance: 
1 August 2012
Lieu de résidence: 
Boulder, Colorado
Formation: 
17 years of climbing
Statut actuel: 
Professional Rock Climber
Date d'entrée dans le Team Petzl: 
2002

In search of a challenge
I started sport climbing when I was five years old. At age eight I began to take it seriously, training for projects and entering competitions. I sent my first 8b+ (7 p.m. Show, in Rifle, Colorado) when I was 13. From there I discovered bouldering, which consumed the next eight years of my life. The last two years I have been focusing on both apsects of climbing. I like this challenge and it allows me to keep improving, keep motivated. I like how sport climbing tests your mental fitness along with physical endurance; in bouldering, I like how powerful the movement is, which allows you to test the body's limit. However, switching back and forth from sport climbing to bouldering is difficult to manage at a top level. I find it especially hard to get back into bouldering mode after taking a month or two off. When I'm in good bouldering shape, I can transition into sport climbing and feel strong. It takes a couple weeks to build fitness, but overall, my bouldering strength makes up for this.

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On rest days
I don't like taking rest days. There's so much climbing to sample that taking days off makes me feel like I am missing out on something new. Still, skateboarding, boulder/cliff searching, writing, listening to music, and watching movies are some of the things I do on an off day. I especially like to write when I'm not climbing. It is fun to post blogs for others to read about what you're establishing -- I know I get motivated to read my friend's blogs and see what they're up to.

Tracking progress
I grew up in Boulder and developed myself as a climber here. The one thing that is really special to me about Colorado is tracking my progression over time. In the past, when I was climbing 8A (v11) and 8b+ (5.14a), there were so many futuristic projects that I thought of as impossible, but my goal was to become good enough to do them. I have now climbed the "impossible" and have a new futuristic ticklist. Only at your home area can you gauge your progression and push your standards. This is because you can spend more time searching for new potential. Luckily, Colorado offers a surplus of climbing, allowing you to do so.

Strength, energy, and inspiration
I get psyched when I find a new line that hasn't been completed. I like the process of figuring out moves and overcoming failure to complete the moves. When the climb is finished, it's your trophy to hold onto.

I am inspired by Chris [Sharma], Dave [Graham], Jon [Cardwell], Joe [Kinder], and Adam [Ondra]. These guys are psyched on developing new climbs and have good energy. I like anyone who is psyched on what they're doing and gives it their all to complete a project.

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Enzo Oddo

Enzo Oddo profile - Photo © Arnaud Petit
Enzo Oddo profile - Photo © Sam Bié

France

FRA
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Photo portrait: 
Enzo Oddo profile - Photo © Arnaud Petit
Date de naissance: 
22 February 1995
Lieu de résidence: 
Côte d’Azur (French Riviera - France)
Date d'entrée dans le Team Petzl: 
2010

Enzo, full of youthful exuberance…
 
«I’ve enjoyed climbing from early childhood. Why? I was born in Nice, there’s rock everywhere and the weather’s good year round, so going climbing is easy. My parents climbed. When I was little my parents brought with them all the time when they went climbing. I feel right at home climbing.
Until the age of 13, I really enjoyed climbing the cliffs of the French Riviera, but now, after having traveled with Team Petzl, it’s not the same type of enjoyment.»

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Landscapes I prefer the most?
«With the Team, there are so many new and unique places to discover. We take an original approach to developing new areas and to putting up new routes, which always out in the wilderness somewhere. The best are bouldering spots like Bishop, Millau, the Tarn valley, outside Briançon, Entraigues, and Roche de Rame. I feel relaxed in the mountains. Perhaps it’s an inherent need for peace and quiet...»
 
To feel like I’m progressing
«What do I like about climbing? I don’t know. I just enjoy it. I don’t have any long term goals. But when I’m in the moment it’s a powerful feeling. Climbing is an overall experience, something that recharges my battery. I don’t enjoy sending a route for the sake of sending a route, what I enjoy is progressing, moving forward. I like to succeed in feeling comfortable with the route, like a day that just goes well without knowing exactly why.»
 
And the future?
«I don’t really think about it. Time will tell. I’d like to continue climbing as much as possible. I don’t see myself working in climbing all my life until retirement. That’s not my thing. I’m neither interested in becoming a certified climbing instructor, nor in creating a company to coach or to train climbers. At the same time, I can’t imagine my life without climbing. For everything else, I’m confident that it will all work out. In the beginning, I had a hard time convincing my parents to let me stop going to school. Now they fully support me; a big thanks to them. They only ask that I do the best I can in life, and to be serious about what I like to do. Since I’m almost 17, I should be at least somewhat focused.»
 
Any difficulties or limitations?
«I need to work more on those areas where I do not excel. For example I need to be more disciplined in working on endurance. That said, I don’t compete, so I don’t have that limitation. Competitions take up too much time. Indoor climbing is not at all representative of what I like to do. It’s something else. I’m not able to express myself when climbing plastic. For me, it has nothing to do with the sport, with the freedom of climbing in the great outdoors.»
 
In life…
«The people with whom I’m the closest are climbers. At this point in time I only hang out with climbers, often climbers who in the 16 to 24 age group. My favorite book is "The Centenarian Who Climbed Out The Window And Disappeared", by Jonas Jonasson. My favorite film is "A Serious Man", by the Coen brothers.»
 
Enzo's anecdote
«During an evening get together with friends in March, 2011, I said to a friend ‘do you want to go climbing?’ He said okay. So I took him to the top of a crane at a nearby construction site to do a pendulum. He had never put on a harness in his life. It’s three in the morning, and we have no right to be there, no headlamps, and no helmets. We’re both sixteen years old. We had a rope, a GRIGRI, and one quickdraw between the two of us. He took forever to climb from one rung to another. We wanted to swing like the trapeze at the circus, but halfway up the crane’s boom, he collapsed, exhausted and scared. What a mess. Charles was just hanging there. At least we were roped up. I was pulled to the side. I then lowered him down and things turned out just fine.»
 
What they say about Enzo:
Mike Fuselier
«Enzo is young, which means that he is totally unpredictable and spontaneous. Climbing with Enzo is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get… There are plenty of stories to tell, but here’s a good one. The story takes place in Cuba, at a guest house. During a discussion about American movies, Enzo talks about the boldness of Jean-Claude Van Damme, who takes a coconut to the abs when dropped from 10 meters above. To prove his nerve, we decided that he should experience a similar feat of strength, so we blindfolded him and started pummeling his powerful abdominal muscles with a few water bottles. He went from being a little nervous to wanting to see just how powerful a blow he could take. The dare only lasted a few minutes and Enzo took on the onslaught of bottle blows no problem… at the time. But the next day, his stomach covered in bruises demonstrated just how much he really took. "It’ll help build abs, which are good for locking off", Enzo said. All in good humor…»
 
Aymeric Clouet
«When we were with Arnaud in Morocco, in the Taghia region of Atlas Mountains, we were explaining basic aid technique to Enzo, how to use hooks, various safety measures, and how to use ascenders to climb up a rope. At some point in the discussion it was clear that Enzo had stopped paying attention and was no longer listening. Arnaud and I decided to stop for the day thinking that we would pick up where we left of later. Just afterwards we could tell that he had understood everything. Enzo learns quickly, is able to apply everything right away, and in addition has a great memory. He’s amazing.»
 
Nina Caprez
«I have a wonderful memory of when we were in Cuba. The title of the story could be, ‘psychoanalysis.’
On our last day in Cuba we went to the beach. In general Enzo is not too nit-picky when it comes to how clean his clothes are. But on this particular day he took a change of clean clothes for after the beach. He was already cleaned up and ready for the bus trip back while the rest of us were still in our bathing suits when Cédric found nothing better to do than to spray Coca-Cola all over Enzo’s clothes. Given how rare the situation was for Enzo (perfectly clean white clothes), the moment that followed was classic. Enzo got all angry and yelled, "What the hell, I was perfect!" Everyone ended up having a good laugh, including Enzo once he realized what he had said. There you have it, "I was perfect", Enzo’s new saying.»

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Said Belhaj

Steve McClure profile - photo © Stéphan Denys
Said Belhaj profile - photo © John Evans

Sweden

SWE
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Photo portrait: 
Said Belhaj - photo © collection Said Belhaj
Date de naissance: 
18 June 1981
Lieu de résidence: 
Gothenburg (Sweden)
Statut actuel: 
professional climber and musician
Date d'entrée dans le Team Petzl: 
2005

Climbing as a way of life
«For Team Petzl climbers, rock climbing is a way of life that goes beyond passion. We climb on a daily basis and can never get enough. It’s a lifestyle that never stops, even if it's not always possible to earn enough to live off of climbing. The sport is connected to life, to nature. Being outside and climbing all the time is almost animal-like. Traveling, meeting people, and sharing something that didn't exist the day before provide infinite social value.
I discovered climbing around the age of 10, when I was still climbing trees. Since then, I’ve been climbing on a regular basis in one way or another. I was on the Swedish national team for 10 years, participating in competitions all over the world. Since I prefer being outside "on the rocks", climbing indoors is hard for me. I'm currently involved in all the climbing disciplines: bouldering, sport climbing, competitions, big walls.»

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The paradox of competing
«As an active member of the Swedish national team, I've come to realize that it requires a lot of time and investment to create positive energy within a closely knit group. I’m a pretty social guy, and the people in my life mean a great deal to me. I can't just go to a competition to win and forget the rest. The best competitions are those which foster a good atmosphere and energy among the competitors, the organizers, and the public. The goal in a competition is supposed to be beating others and being the best. But I've got a lot of respect for the other competitors, and want to help them do their best, and even win in my place, which is definitely a paradox I have to deal with.»
 
 
Free climbing and onsighting
«In general, I feel good when I'm onsighting, at the limit of my abilities. Climbing on rock in remote corners of the planet makes the adventure even more interesting.
I prefer onsighting to redpointing a route; it allows me to focus 100% on the moves at hand and on the route’s difficulty. The fulfillment I get from onsighting is closely linked to the discovery and exploration of climbing. You really need to be able to improvise. You discover what’s going to happen at the same time that it’s happening, as if you were both an actor and a spectator at the same time.»
 
 
The spiritual element of climbing
«Above all else, climbing for me is an excuse to meet different people and travel to places I probably wouldn't have otherwise discovered. I also really enjoy the exciting aspects of the sport and the different challenges that go along with it. Regarding the spiritual element of climbing, it’s a type of meditation through movement that takes me to different spiritual levels.
My life is inspired by the mental aspect of climbing, by music, and by my dreams. My daily goal is to create a healthy lifestyle through everything that encompasses climbing. When I'm not climbing, I like to do things that enrich my life. I like to convey the notion that there are many different ways to live your life, not just the clichés that western society currently offers. I do a lot of other things, simply because I can't climb 24/7. I like to play music, run, ride my bike, swim, sometimes all at once. I also like dance, qigong, meditation, photography, and good books. The most important mentor in my life is my music teacher, Christer Bothén, an extraordinary musician who is almost seventy years old and who has always lived his passion.»
 
 
An avid traveler
«As a climber, I feel a connection with almost every rock face and boulder in the world. But my favorite place to climb is Catalonia, Spain. Climbing there is truly a unique experience. I have quite a few friends who live in Catalonia; I can travel there alone and randomly bump into a friend or two to climb with. I also like climbing in Morocco, as much for the climbing itself as for the improvised musical get-togethers and the good food.»
 
 
My motto
«It’s never too late.»
 

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Philippe Ribière

Philippe Ribière profile - photo © Tony Lamiche
Philippe Ribière profile - photo © coll. P.Ribière

France

FRA
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Photo portrait: 
Philippe Ribière - photo © coll. P.Ribière
Date de naissance: 
12 March 1977
Formation: 
BAC in accounting, Vocational Training Certificate in management
Date d'entrée dans le Team Petzl: 
2002

Growing up
"Day after day I free myself of my handicap. It’s wonderful, at least the results have been amazing, thanks to climbing. I was born with what was called Rubinstein Täby syndrome but today the diagnosis has changed and it is supposed to be something else, of a mutant kind which is awaiting official analysis. After a series of surgical operations my adoptive parents encouraged me to practice sport to help me realize self-fulfillment. At the age of six during a family holiday at St Gervais in France I discovered the joys of climbing. I was worried about the abseil down as I did not know if I had sufficient strength to hold the rope. My instructor added a safety rope and I launched myself into the void. I remember panicking at the same time as being happy and proud that I could do the same thing as my brothers and sisters. I reached the ground, my legs trembling and my heart racing."

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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 Handi-grimpe and the Evolution Tour."
 
 
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 Handi-grimpe 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."
 

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Michaël Fuselier

Michaël Fuselier profile - photo © Boris Stephan
Michaël Fuselier profile - photo © Lafouche

France

FRA
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Photo portrait: 
Michaël Fuselier - photo © Tony Lamiche
Date de naissance: 
4 January 1981
Lieu de résidence: 
Grenoble (France)
Formation: 
business degree, licensed climbing instructor
Statut actuel: 
Maurienne climbing club coach, route setter for national climbing competitions
Date d'entrée dans le Team Petzl: 
2005

My first summit
“My first climbing experience was an ascent of a summit, but not just any summit. I discovered climbing through John Bonin, a very good family friend who took me up the classic route of Mont Aiguille (Vercors France). It was 1995 and I was 16 years old.
How was this passion born in me that day? The Mont Aiguille was everything I thought a summit should be, it was really important to me. On the other hand, I don’t like to use the word ‘summit’ and I refuse to look at a summit as if it’s a ceiling that can’t be passed. Mont Aiguille marks the first memory I have of climbing, along with my first rope that my Mother gave me, and all the kilometers I traveled on my old mobylette to go climbing around Grenoble.”

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Towards grade 9
“This quote by Marc Twain has always inspired me: “They didn’t know it was impossible, so they did it.” Competition climbing has given me so much in both a sporting and a human way. Through training, I learned discipline and the fighting spirit. I have met a lot of good characters with great attitudes, most notably Laurent Boudier, my trainer and someone who has given me vision for my climbing and life in general. My training can be described in a few words: perseverance, discipline, focus, curiosity and passion. I regularly go running. The continuous effort it requires to stay focused while exhausted. As well as the solitude is an excellent way to think. But with bouldering you are never alone. I am always crazy for rock and always on the lookout for a new boulder or a new problem. The grade 9 challenge is always on my mind.”
 
 
Discover, Deliver, Expand
“The recipe for a perfect being is to find a certain balance. Life for a climber isn’t always flowing like a calm stream. There are thousands of drawers to open and close. It’s a bit like the good and the bad; there can be a fine line between what is there and what is not! Experiences will aid progression and a good memory never forgets experiences. I like the feeling of being part of a kind of tribe. A group of people joined by their activity, their connection with the environment, and their mutual respect for some unwritten rules. I like the social side that surrounds climbing and making friends of all generations. It’s a good mix. At a new spot, we discover things together and everyone has their own kind of fun. These days as an instructor, I try to be an example to the younger generation through my life experiences. To do so makes complete sense. It’s my duty. I try to explain and share the many choices that are available. I like to construct and make the ideas real, the ones that inspired my own life experiences. Preparing a route is a little like how a carpenter makes furniture and what’s more I love working with wood!”
 
 
Travel
“I don’t have a favorite climbing spot. Everywhere is different and that’s the best thing about climbing. In the United States I really like spots like Smith Rock and Red River Gorge. Climbing a few days in Hampi (India) or in the dessert of Algeria and the Tassili plateau is all so amazing. It’s amazing to love such different places but for me they form a whole. These mineral landscapes with their animals and flowers are unique and unforgettable. It’s all about discovering new areas and understanding their fragility and vulnerability. The inhabitants of these places have their own cultures and their own outlook on life. It’s rewarding to rub shoulders with people who live in an environment that is totally different to ours. I am totally up for meeting these people.”
 
 
The search for something real
“If anything was possible, I would travel the world. I would travel back in time and see the world as it evolved with my own eyes. How, why and above all, who is real and who is not. My life is a continuous questioning of what is written. I would like to see from the beginning, for myself, what is real, how everything started and why it started. It’s an impossible experiment in our present understanding but after this, I am happy to be where I am and see nature evolve day by day. With the skills, methods, and understanding I have learned my mistakes become more relevant. I really like analyzing my experiences, both good and bad. The more places I climb and the more the more climbers I meet the more I enjoy other views and the contradictions surrounding them and the more I can conceive what might seem inconceivable. The more I look into things and try to work them out the more possible they seem to the more I discover, the more curiosity I have to push further.”

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Gérôme Pouvreau

Gérôme Pouvreau profile - photo © Sam Bié
Gérôme Pouvreau profile - photo © Keith Ladzinski

France

FRA
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Photo portrait: 
Gérôme Pouvreau - photo © Sam Bié
Date de naissance: 
26 October 1983
Lieu de résidence: 
Provence, France
Formation: 
qualified climbing instructor
Statut actuel: 
climbing instructor at AS Climbing Club, Aix-en-Provence and Marseille
Date d'entrée dans le Team Petzl: 
2002

“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.
 
My life in climbing competitions over the last ten years represents something that has been a huge challenge in my life. The best word to describe it is ‘performance.’’

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An unexpected discovery
“I grew up in La Rochelle and that’s where I discovered climbing. It all started at a carnival where there was a climbing wall between two caravan stands. I dragged my parents to the bottom of the wall, put on a harness and that’s when I became infected with the climbing virus. Straight after I joined the climbing club of La Rochelle. My parents were not climbers and since La Rochelle is flat and better for sailing than for climbing, I didn’t think I would make a career out of climbing. Now it is the most important thing in my life. I travel the world to climb and I have an amazing social life with friends in all corners of the globe.”
 
 
Asia, a climbing empire
“My favorite climbing spots are Yangsguo in China with its dreamlike landscape, and Hampi in India, which is like a world engulfed by zen. It’s a climbing paradise! The chaotic mess of boulders in Hampi makes you lose perspective of where you are, it seems like you are in a dream. There is also Badami, a small Indian village with a deep Indian culture, fascinating in spite of the poverty and disorganization.”
 
 
A practice written in the present
“My life happens in a village in Provence with my true friends and where climbing always comes first. This sometimes seems like an illusion but that’s not the case. I have lived here for ten years, surrounded by very beautiful rock faces and many good climbers. Aside from this I also enjoy playing football and petanque. I love barbecues with my neighbors. I love to step back for a minute at the climbing wall and, beer in hand, coach kids from the local climbing club. I teach them my passion and also my life experiences. By helping them progress, I progress too.”
 
 
Behind all this is a lot of hard work
“I get all my energy from nature itself. To be a great climber you need to focus and be a bit stubborn. In order to succeed, you must also be driven. A typical day for me is to help around the house, go climbing and flash the crux on the first try, then head for a café to talk about another beautiful day with friends.” But to get to this point, you can’t let anything stand in the way.”
 
 
So life’s cool?
“A big ‘yes’ and a little ‘no’.”

“Explanation: My life is really amazing. I'm a happy guy, but not every minute is cool. There are all the risks and struggles that those who don’t know this can never imagine. You must have perseverance and in order to stand out you must do the best and always be on point! The world tour of climbing is not free and it’s never easy. For instance, it’s very difficult to sleep the night before you try a 9a. It’s a true obsession. Your heart beats fast, you can’t think but you don’t stop! In the car I can’t stop thinking about the next send. And after I do it, I have to admit, I feel free in every sense of the word and I can even relax a little. Only then can you really chill. I admire climbers of all ages who are as motivated as the first time they climbed and they continue to push and learn new things. ”
 
 
My motto
“If you don’t try anything, you will never be anything.”
 
 
The story heard ‘round the world
The fall I took at the Millau RocTrip in 2004 was the most scared I have ever been as a climber. I don’t think I could ever be that scared again. When I fell I thought I was going to hit the ground but the rope held me just before I decked out… Doh! Now I can laugh about it.”
 

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Florence Pinet

Florence Pinet profile - Photo © Florence Pinet
Florence Pinet profile - Photo © Sam Bié

France

FRA
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Florence Pinet profile - Photo © Florence Pinet
Date de naissance: 
3 March 1986
Lieu de résidence: 
Provence, France
Statut actuel: 
nursery assistant
Date d'entrée dans le Team Petzl: 
2009

Pushing the limits
“I am a climber who loves more than anything to have a good time climbing with a great group of friends. I love to push my limits and climb fantastic routes in order to experience the beautiful movements and figure out the sequences. I love all kinds of climbing: sport climbing, boulders, big routes and especially onsight climbing. As long as it’s climbing, it’s great!”

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“My favorite area is Buoux in the Provence region of southern France. I started climbing when I was six years old. I climbed everything I could and I’ve never stopped since. I’ve always done a lot of sports and I need that. I don’t like to feel closed in. I love nature and spending as much time as possible outdoors. I like the wild side, sharing, the fighting spirit, climbing a big, vertical wall like Infinity Lane in the Gorge de la Jonte at the RocTrip at Millau, France.”
 
 
“When I’m on the rock, I love to focus on my emotions and feelings rather than following some prescribed method. I like to become one with things. It’s interesting to me that what pushes me the most is the variety of movements each line offers and to use my own skills to pull them off. I am always looking for something new at every spot I visit.

 
To be successful at what I do I must focus all my efforts and determination. According to the rules of the game, if not the rule of life, my motto is: to have fun above all else. My dream is to travel to climb the most beautiful routes in the world, and to discover everything there is on Earth.”
 

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Dave Graham

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USA

USA
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Photo portrait: 
Dave Graham - photo © Sam Bié
Date de naissance: 
10 November 1981
Lieu de résidence: 
Boulder (Colorado, USA)
Statut actuel: 
Professional climber
Date d'entrée dans le Team Petzl: 
2008

An accomplishment
«I started climbing when I was 15 years old at an indoor wall and quickly moved on to bouldering and outdoor sport climbing. One day I counted how many climbing spots there are in the world and realized straight away how happy my life was going to be. Strangely enough, when I started I had no idea how much climbing would bring to my life. I wanted to go to university, become a hockey player and start a punk rock group. But now my climbing has become an extension of myself. Climbing enriches my life and connects me to millions of people with the same passion, spirit and determination.»

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11 years of uninterrupted world travel
«I’ve always been inspired to learn foreign languages. They are a great way to broaden my horizons and expand my sense of reality. My goal is to continually progress. My motivation as a professional climber has been to climb the routes that have so inspired me through articles and photos in magazines. And also to develop these sectors. I am passionate about studying lines, cleaning boulders and opening new routes. My favorite places in the world are the Alps, the area around Montpellier, France, the Valais and Tessin regions in Switzerland, and Catalonia in Spain. I’ll also add the east coast of the United States and Colorado where I now live.

All of these places have had a big influence on me and the people I have met have shaped my character and taught me so many things about myself. As a young American, I had a strong connection to the ocean and the local fishing areas. As I grew up, it was really clear where my heart would take me. My intuition led me to the Alps, where the countryside offered incredible inspiration in terms of energy and art. When I return to the States, I try to use the experiences from traveling to appreciate where I come from and get new inspiration and make new connections. That’s how I work. Life is a workshop that constantly evolves.»
 
 
 
Whole days devoted to a single move
«I dedicate a lot of energy to exploring new spots where I can develop new moves to solve different problems. It’s awesome to discover new routes that require me to experiment with new ideas. Climbing for me seems to be the most creative of all sports. Inspiration hits me continuously and in a somewhat chaotic manner. It makes me happy and gives me the energy to start of the process of fulfilling my dreams. In order to succeed I have to stay open-minded and focused. I am pretty much obsessed with finding solutions to challenging problems. I can spend whole days working on a single problem.»
 
 
 
Creating my company “The Island”
was a turning point in my life

«The goals of my company:

  • Create a meeting point for climbers to share experiences
  • Create a platform to help a growing international community
  • Continued training for climbers
  • Explain the climbing lifestyle to non-climbers
  • Develop new climbing areas with 9b+ routes and 9a bouldering
  • Show my artistic view of climbing
  • Explore the opportunities for professional climbers in general
  • Produce films, explore photographic imagery and the power of words
  • Maximize the resources of the internet
  • Travel around the world with a really strong team: Jon Cardwell, Cooper Roberts, Daniel Andrada, Chris Sharma, Chad Greedy, Joe Kinder, Luke Parady, Jamie Emerson and Daniel Woods...»

 

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Antony Lamiche

Tony Lamiche profile - Photo © Stephan Denys
Tony Lamiche profile - Photo © Stephan Denys

France

FRA
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Date de naissance: 
15 July 1977
Lieu de résidence: 
Hautes-Alpes, France
Formation: 
ENSA, mountain guide, ski and climbing instructor
Statut actuel: 
professional climber, mountain guide
Date d'entrée dans le Team Petzl: 
2001

A need for freedom and pure air
“My star sign is Cancer. I have my head in the clouds. My life is a constant search for physical and mental well being in the natural environment, with passionate people who exude energy. I like to share beautiful stories through photo and film, with joy and good humor. In terms of activities, bouldering is my guiding line, but climbing at crags and in the mountains have always been an important part of my life. Climbing is the most natural form of movement that exists. It’s thanks to my climbing that I live in the most beautiful places in the world endlessly discovering and meeting… I am hooked on climbing, all of it makes me happy. Skiing also, because powder skiing is an instant pleasure. In short, what I like the most and what I’m best at are bouldering, skiing and eating.”

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Like a Zen garden
“My favorite places are bouldering spots because they have a truly unique energy; Rockland in South Africa is a good example. It’s a little bit like a magnet that attracts fitness and joy. Discovering these wild places and meeting good people is pure happiness for me.”
 
 
 
My life style can be defined in one word: free
“My network is comprised of climbers, mountaineers and freeriders. I feel close to passionate people, people who wake up in the morning with desire. The people I work with are people I feel good being with. It’s simple. The climber who inspires me the most is Philippe Ribière (Petitou). The person who has touched me the most, literally as well as figuratively, is my wife. We share everything. If I was not a professional boulderer right now, I would be a professional skier or carpenter.”
 
 
 
My objective in life is to communicate through the most beautiful images possible
“The only thing I’m missing is time. I can’t accomplish everything. I’d like to be a sports genius so that I could better understand my body and move more easily. The perfect day would start with fresh oranges for breakfast, then bouldering – I’d be happy with sandstone or granite – then biking without going too far into the red zone, then a little bit of skiing at sunset,followed by a good night amongst friends.”
 
 
 
Tony’s anecdote
“Success or failure means almost nothing. Sometimes you have to force destiny. The day I tried “The Fly” (New Hampshire, Quebec), I almost succeeded on the second try but bad weather,poor fitness… But one morning at the end of the trip – it was time to leave for another area – I woke up motivated. So just before going to the airport I took the car and went back for one last try – I sent it.”
 
 

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