Sunday, July 22, 2012

Heeey... vive la France!

What's up people just thought I would make a quick write-up! The first week of the great trip through France has passed already and me and Izidor are having a great time! We decided to go to Ceuse first to get in a bit of shape as the crag is perfect for this, the one hour walk and long sustained routes are great to gain endurance. We tried some hard routes but only sent up to 8a+. I did Rat man, 8a+ second go, Bouse de douze 8a flash and L'ami caouette and Les colonettes, both 8a on redpoint. I am happy for the last two because I had tried in previous years but always thought they were too crimpy and brutal for me... so this year I first cleaned up what was left and then tried Arque type, an amazing vertical/slabby 8b in Berlin. I got really close in second attempt but then I was stopped by some really shit shoes. We plan to go back in a few days to get on some hard routes like Dures limites and L'arcademicien. Izidor wants to work on Bah bah black sheep, a desperate looking 8c+ in Biographie sector.

Like always, Ceuse was awesome. I am impressed by the crag time and time again, the ambiance, the routes and all the people coming together... No wonder Chris Sharma once called it "the best". He's back here, actually, to work on a 9b+ project in Face de rat sector.

Yesterday was a rest day and we went to Briancon to see the finals of the world cup and meet our friends. The finals were slightly boring, especially the women, but the party after was good fun. Right now we are in the Briancon camping and we plan to spend the next few days in Entraygues, then back to Ceuse to wrap up the chapter... the next will be Gorges du Loup in August. I am psyched for that as there will be a LOT of people from everywhere and surely it will be super fun!

No climbing photos yet, just some random impressions...  Thanks for reading, take care and climb hard everybody.

thon avec la bois... la classe

coffee time in Ceuse

Zupan, the chef

Mina in the funal!

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