Some days ago I climbed my dream line "Tom et Je Ris" 8b+/60 meters
tufa climbing in the VerdonGorge, France. It's the most special route
I've ever climbed. The exposure, difficulty and logistics for getting
to the route make of this line really different from any route I tried
Thanks to Bruno Clement "Graou" for bolting this amazing line.
Thanks to my friends the photographer Bernardo Gimenez and Carlos
Logroño for sharing this beautiful experience with me.. and big thanks
to Patrick because one more time it was much easier with his support!
Now its time for going to visit my friend in US at the OR in Salt Lake City!
See you there!!
It´s very easy to get caught by the energy of this country. The culture, the enthusiasm of the people, landscapes.. and specially the amazing food here!
I have visited Italy many times and I have had the opportunity to share really good moments with the fanatic people from here but this time it has been different because I didnt feel like this in long time after to visit one place ¨just for climbing¨. Normally I want to come back home but It was different leaving from there..I felt sad to leave my friends and my home for the last two months.. well I think that is not a bad thing at all, it´s a feeling that keeps me connected to this beautiful place.. the place where I want to come back soon :-)
I decided to go to Italy after a climbing rest with my family in Gran Canaria, because I wanted to know another climbing place, I had just returned from Brazil a couple weeks ago and I loved the idea to keep climbing and discovering new areas again.
So I told the idea to my good friends Anna and Carlos and we made that it happens!
We climbed in many different places really close to France in the north west of the country. There are beautiful climbing places with high quality routes specially Andonno where I would like to come back soon because for first time in this year I had a very good feeling with one project after my finger injury last december.. Ci piace Andonno!! Everything is getting better.
Also we took the advantage to make a short trip to visit the South and we decide to take the boat from Genova to Sicily knowing that we would have a wild sea because the huge storm that whipped Sardinia.. we were dizzy and it was a really long 24 hours trip with also Chaxi and my car.. but anyways it was very funny trip.
In Sicily we drove arround the island from north to south from San Vito lo Capo to Siracusaand we enjoyed the sea, the awesome climbing areas and one more time we were in love with the food... soooo good! It ´s funny how you can feel the island style specially in the south.. they live so chilling also you can feel that when they talk.. it sounds like the canarian accent in Spain, something like this :-) I love it!
We shared climbing days and beers with the locals climbers from there and they were super nice with us. Thanks especially to our friend MDassimo Capucho for giving us all the information about climbing in Sicily and also for hosting us kindly at the Agriturismo ¨La Frescura¨, where we could enjoy the sun every morning with the amazing views of the Ionian sea in front and the Etna volcano behind us.. yes, Italy is a very special place.
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