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Spain!

After our trip in Red, I felt exhausted from the travel and the climbing, so I decided to spend about 10days in Bolzano to see my family and to fix some stuffs before to leave again. I love traveling, but there’s not better place than your home, when you need to recover and to find new energies!

… but it doesn’t mean that I spent the whole time laying in my bed… ;)

During my stay in Bolzano, I went a bunch of time in Saustal, where I really wanted to have a look on the project, but unluckily the upper crack was dropping out a lot of water making it impracticable; in any case I take advantage of the situation spending good times with my friends and gaining some endurance on the long and crimpy routes.

I spent the rest of the days training in the gym, running, working and improoving my drytooling skills!

At the beginning of December, I drove to Montpellier to join Melissa, who just came back from the Petzl Roc Trip in Argentina; after 2 relaxing days and motivated from a picture of  “La fiesta de los biceps”, we headed to Riglos (Spain) to have a look on the climbing there. Clément, a friend of us and an excellent video maker, also decided to join us on the weekend, to make a short footage on this beautiful place.

Saturday morning we started all together on the super classic of the area, “La fiesta de los biceps”, and after some  hours of funny climbing, fixing static ropes, filming and jumaring, we finally deserved our appetizer on the top of the “La visera” pillar! This route is for sure one of the craziest and funniest multipitch I’ve ever made and it was a very nice experience to do it all together: we had a lot of fun.

Stay tuned for the video, it should be on line in a few months.

The day after we drove to Siurana, where we meet Alizée and where will spend the next month! Even if I’ve been here every winter since 7 years, I always enjoy a  lot this place and its climbing: it’s a special place with a lot of climbing history.

We managed to find a nice flat in Cornudella, where we can feel like at home and we can recover near a fireplace after the cold climbing days. As we are traveling the most part of our time, it’s really important for me to have found a nice place like that, where we can have our daily routine and live like at home: it will help us a lot.

We spent the first days climbing on “easy” stuff to get used again to the style and we are now ready to attack the harder routes!

Two days ago I had a look on “Jungle Speed” a short 9a in “La Capella” sector: it doesn’t seem very nice from the ground, but it has some really interesting moves and a high quality rock. I’m quite confident about this one as I had very good feelings already on the first goes… I can’t wait to get back on it.

I will try to post an update at least every week, stay tuned.

Have fun

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