La Chapelle: Our Challenge with a Multi-Pitch Route

La Chapelle: Our Challenge with a Multi-Pitch Route

We came to La Réunion with a fairly simple objective; to open a new multi-pitch route, ground-up, using as few bolts as possible. On first arriving at La Chapelle we knew we had a potential 7 days to attempt the wall, but all were quietly thinking we would be finished...
My First Route on the Island of La Réunion

My First Route on the Island of La Réunion

June 4, 2013 9:00 am – Ride to Boulder, CO, USA bus station 9:30 am – Bus from Boulder to Denver International Airport 11:00 am – Arrive to airport and check in 12:30 pm – Depart Denver, CO to Newark, NJ 6:30 pm – Arrive Newark, NJ 9:15 pm – Depart Newark, NJ to...
My first experience of ground up climbing

My first experience of ground up climbing

It’s 7am. Everyone wakes up with own timing and own feeling around this time. I wake up by sounds of boiling water, that is the song for a starting day. We camp out in the middle of La Réunion island, where the nearest town is called Cilaos and our camp site is...
Let’s get started

Let’s get started

So, here we are! We are in la Réunion since two days now, but a lot happened already. It is truly amazing to discover every day something more about the island, its culture and its population. Sincerly I expected a completely different place; somehow I always thought...
Landscapes of the Island

Landscapes of the Island

On Monday Jacopo, Yuji and Sam arrived… the expedition will properly start! James and I have been hiking all around the island to find the best walls. Check out below few amazing shots from one of my childhood friend, Thomas...
The Reunion – Surprises and wonders of a volcano

The Reunion – Surprises and wonders of a volcano

Two days in the trip. James and I have arrived in advance to check out our different options: Which canyon, what wall, in which circus, and how to approach? And what better way than asking the help of some local guys? For sure, I should be “a local’… but I have spent...
The what’s, where’s, and why’s…

The what’s, where’s, and why’s…

Now that Caroline has explained what we would like to achieve on the island, its my turn to explain why, and what exactly it all means.  Ground up simply means beginning from the floor and climbing to the top.  There are a lot of ways one can accomplish this, but we...
The Reunion, back to my beginnings

The Reunion, back to my beginnings

The first time you touch rock for your baptism as a climber and then the first years of your climbing life are memories you will remember for your whole life, moments you will cherish. At the time you don’t know the significance when you squeeze into your first...