Someone once asked me what my favourite climbs are…I couldn’t decide back then and the more I travel and climb, the harder this becomes… So here are some of my favourite areas instead.
I love technical climbing! This is why I love the most technical climbing area in the world: La Forêt de Fontainebleau. High quality sandstone in a nice forest with an endless amount of problems. Many of them, whether graded 6a or 8a, seem impossible at first… but if you find the correct solution and the right body-positions, they suddenly feel easy. You learn so much there, its great fun! I also enjoy the historical aspect in this area, there are so many classic problems and ‘big names’, lines that are on everybodys ‘lifetime-ticklist’. Many of the climbs I’m most fond of doing can be found there, like THE slab, Duel (Franchard Cuisiniere) or Partage (Buthiers).
Another technical climbing area with many classics is the Yosemite Valley in California. Problems like Midnight Lightning and Thriller are world famous not without a reasons, they just climb so well! I always had a great time there, you meet so many nice and interesting people in Camp4. One day I’ll gonna come back and learn how to crackclimb;)
“The Grampians Recipe is as follows: take a pancake-flat plain, stir in a hundred mountains and let it sit for for a while. Now add a few thousand cliffs, throw in a handful of rivers and lakes, and add kangaroos, koalas and emus. Cover the whole lot in eucalyptus forest, and then pour in a large measure of sunshine. Heat gently under a spacious, blue Australian sky. Garnish with cockatoos, kookaburras, rosellas and peregrine falcons. Serve with a fresh breeze” [quote from the guidebook]. The sandstone in the Grampians is just so varied and so perfect…which in addition with the fascinating flora & fauna makes it one of my favorite places I’ve been ..I miss the smell of the Eucalyptus trees!
my home area:) Many small sectors, spread over a huge area. You can climb all year there, but (pretty much) never have good conditions… Which sometimes makes it feel like a love-hate relationship! But usually the good beer and cake compensate the latter 😀