Topo Chouchou place

Here is an updated version of Chouchou Place topo (Gréolières). I added personal comments and stars for the routes I climbed. The routes are very well bolted and have two bolts with chain at the anchor.

Chouchou place, Gréolères (© A. Gatta)
Chouchou place, Gréolères (© A. Gatta)

Topo Chouchou place
1. ?, 6c+ ***. 37m / 18 quickdraws. Lose rock at the beginning then nice endurance route.
2. L1, 6c+ **, technical and sustained. L2, 7a+.
3. ?, 6b.
4. Croissant brioche, 6b+, *, technical slab.
5. ?, 6a, ***.
6. Pollux aujourd’hui, 6b, **
7. M’en bati, 6c+, *
8. Lou soleu me fa canta, 6b+, *
9. Haut les pieds, 7a. *
10. Traversée du dessert, 6c+, *
11. Par ou t’es entr√© (start in 12, ends in 7), 7b, *, interesting start then confusing.
12. Enfermé dehors, 7a+, ***, amazing route, sustained.
13. Mission Impossible, 8a, *. Lose holds at the beginning then amazing climb when reaching Chouchou.
14. Chouchou place, 7c, ***, bouldery crux then easier end.
15. ?, 7c+, ***, fantastic climb, a bit reachy move.
16. ?, 8a. Haven’t tried it yet.
17. ?, 6c, ***
18. ?, 6c, ***, amazing route.
19. ?, 6c, **, technical.
20. ? (starts in 19, ends in 23), 6c, ***
21. Un guide dans les étoiles, 7c/+, ***, two power endurance sections with a no hands rest in the middle.
22. L√©vitation digitale, 7c+. Haven’t tried it yet.
23. ?, 6c+, ***, bouldery crux.
24. ?, 6b+, **, first bolts of 23, then cross right and up.
25. ? (starts in 23 and ends right of 26), 7a, *, rope drag.
26. ?, 7c+. Haven’t tried it yet.
27. ?, 7b+. Haven’t tried it yet.

Left side of Chouchou place, Gréolères (© P. Gatta)Left side of Chouchou place, Gréolères (© P. Gatta)

Central side of Chouchou place, Gréolères (© P. Gatta)Central side of Chouchou place, Gréolères (© P. Gatta)

Right side of Chouchou place, Gréolères (© P. Gatta)Right side of Chouchou place, Gréolères (© P. Gatta)

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Bouldering in Bishop: trip report

Last September Anna and I went to Bishop (USA) for an amazing climbing trip. In 12 days, I had the chance to send 152 problems up to V11 (8A) and Anna 94 problems up to V9 (7C). There are so many cool problems that we couldn’t send that we have to get back there for sure!

If you like bouldering, you should definitely go to Bishop and hopefully this report will help you to organize your trip and chose some problems.

Philippe in Clearcut boulder, Rock Creek. Bishop  (© A. Gatta)
Philippe in Clearcut boulder, Rock Creek. Bishop (© A. Gatta)

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Climbing in Chouchou place

Chouchou place is a nice little cliff just above Gréolères. Despite an elevation of 1,000 m, the cliff is South facing and very hot so it is perfect for sunny winter days.

Central wall of Chouchou place, Gréolères (© P. Gatta)
Central wall of Chouchou place, Gréolères (© P. Gatta)

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Climbing trip in Geyikbayiri

Anna and I spent two weeks in Turkey, climbing in Geyikbayiri, near Antalya. This cliff is amazing with over 700 sport routes of different styles.

View from Antalya during a stormy day. Geyikbayiri (© P. Gatta)
View from Antalya during a stormy day (© P. Gatta)

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Bouldering competition at Val de Grimpe

It looks like the climbers liked the 90 problems that we set for the Bouldering competition at Val de Grimpe. Here are 56 photos.

Bouldering competition at Val de Grimpe (© P. Gatta)
Bouldering competition at Val de Grimpe (© P. Gatta)

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Mesa Verde topo updated

We have just updated the topo of Mesa Verde in Gorges du Loup. Thanks Marie-José, Julien and Axel for the infos.
Mesa Verde.

Anna dans Arrow Head (© P. Gatta)
Anna dans Arrow Head (© P. Gatta)

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Climbing trip in Kalymnos

We will post a full report of our climbing trip to Kalymnos later, but here are some highlights and photos.

Galatiani sector, Telendos Island behind (© A. Gatta)
Galatiani sector, Telendos Island behind (© A. Gatta)

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Trail Running in Yosemite and Ansel Adams Wilderness

During our climbing trip in Bishop we used our “rest days” to run in some famous places around: Death Valley, Yosemite and Ansel Adams Wilderness. Far away from races and crowd, we made our own routes along some of the best trails of Yosemite and Ansel Adams Wilderness.

Running in Yosemite (© A. Gatta)
Running in Yosemite (© A. Gatta)

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Bouldering in Bishop

Our climbing trip in Bishop has been pretty amazing; what a place! With over 2,000 problems recorded and even more unrecorded or unclimbed, the potential is phenomenal. Add to that a favorable weather 7 months a year, an easy access and many lodging options and you will understand why Bishop is a top bouldering destination…

The Flake, Smooth Shrimp Boulder, Buttermilks (© P. Gatta)
The Flake, Smooth Shrimp Boulder, Buttermilks (© P. Gatta)

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Running in Death Valley

Death Valley done! Amazing experience to run in this desolated place, alone, without support, without mobile coverage and no race crowd.

Amazing sky in Death Valley (© A. Gatta)
Amazing sky in Death Valley (© A. Gatta)

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