Archive for April, 2011

Maxi Grip

My rest days are a great opportunity to concentrate on photography. I photographed Laurent and Audrey on a 7b+. Walked ot to top of Mt Gaussier and played around with my new 70-200mm f.28 L series lens. 🙂

Audrey the Pirate

Another day on Mt Guassier we jumped on some long 6a+’s and 6b’s. Bit of a body shock to be climbing some steeper stuff as the majority of Orgon is slab climbing. The routes were a bit crumbly and unfortunately Audrey Seguy caught a fragment of rock in her eye. She decided to take no more chances, the sun glasses were on and even her hat with half of it pulled over her left eye. Thankfully Laurent saw the fragment in her eye and extracted it. So all is well.

Mont Gaussier

A fantastic crag with 40m routes from 6a to 7a. The shortest being the 7b (15meters) and I am please to say that I got my first clean 7b redpoint of the trip. A very powerful technical route where foot work is crucial.

The route was on Mont Gaussier, a really inspiring piece of rock with fantastic views.

Le Canal – Orgon

Today all the locals came out to climb at their local stomping grounds, in this case Le Canal.

Not only was there climbing but also lots of fishing in the canal. The 3 portraits are of fishermen who did not fish all day. they sat and drank wine and cheese all day while spectating the climbing.  My limited french and hand gestures secured me these portraits. Also amongst these shots are some social shots of our group out on the trip. More people have joined us today so I hope to create some portraits.

Laurent Moseley – Sherman Contest

Aka – The Shermanator. Laurent on the 7a+. Long steep pumpy route with a thin technical crux at the very top. A 25ft whipper awaits you if you don’t make the chains to finish.

Climbing oddbins.

While I am out here in France I am trying to capture the atmosphere of climbing and camping. Just taking photos of climbing in action can become a bit tedious, so here are a few attempts of ‘lifestyle shots’. Its something I am still working on so hopefully as the trip advances I will have stronger photos.

7a+ “It’s all Piers’ fault!”

As the title says – because I couldn’t place the last quick draw, on the crux, Sam Harvie ended up taking a whipper, all because I didn’t place the quickdraw. Hands up in the air I should have climbed harder and completed the route, but it’s all taken in good banter. The only casualty of the event was my packet of crisps – burst open when Laurent was belaying Sam. The crisps were promptly devoured by Sam while I was attempting the route. It was my punishment apparently.

So we nicknamed this route ‘It’s Piers’ fault!”

Sherman Contest – 7a+