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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4 Deserts: Madagascar race, story and photos

We have just posted report with 27 photos of the the Madagascar Race 2014. The Madagascar Race is a 250 km (155 miles) running race which is part of 4 Deserts Roving Race series. The 2014 edition started in the north of Madagascar, close to the city of Antsiranana and went South – Soutwest to finish at the city of Ambilobe. There were 6 stages in 7 days: almost 4 Marathons in 4 days, then 77 km, a rest day and a final stage of 10 km.

We are now leaving for California for more running and bouldering..

Madagascar Race 2014 (© P. Gatta)
Madagascar Race 2014 (© P. Gatta)

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Climbing: Maladiere – Indiana Jaune

I had a fun yesterday climbing with Dakota Jones in La Maladiere. We did Indiana Jaune (TD+, 6b+, 270m), a pretty amazing limestone route.

La Maladiere, Indiana Jaune (blue) and Noli Me Tangere in red (right), Tropiques rappels (left) (© P. Gatta)
La Maladiere, Indiana Jaune (blue) and Noli Me Tangere in red (right), Tropiques rappels (left) (© P. Gatta)

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Alpinism: Aiguille du Peigne – Le Maillon Manquant

After have climbed Cache Cache yesterday, Pascal and I went to the SW Face of gendarme rouge of Aiguille du Peigne (3078m) to climb Le Maillon Manquant a 400m route graded ED-, 6b+/A0. I must say that after the amazing pitches of Cache Cache, I was a bit disapointed by Le Maillon Manquant. There are some nice pitches too but the route is a bit weird, going through slabs where there are nice cracks a couple of meters left or right, not to mention pulling the bolts of the 6b+/A0 pitch…

Aiguille du Peigne - Le Maillon Manquant (© P. Gatta)
Aiguille du Peigne РLe Maillon Manquant (© P. Gatta)

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Alpinism: Pointe Adolphe Rey – Cache Cache

Just a week ago I was in Madagascar finishing the last stage of a 250 km race and today I spent an great day climbing in Mont Blanc Massif, so different and so fun! Pascal and I climbed Cache Cache in Pointe Adolphe Rey (3,535m), another fantastic route. The route is 250m high and graded ED, 6c/7a depending on the topo.

On the way to Point Adolphe Rey (center) (© P. Gatta)
On the way to Point Adolphe Rey (center) (© P. Gatta)

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