7B with one hand in Fontainebleau

EDITORIAL

Tuesday, 19 January

Fanatic Climbing reports with one hand that two times Para World Champion, Solenne Piret, born with one hand, has done Onde de Choc 7B in Fontainebleau. (c) Arthur Delicque

"Christophe Cazin showed me that boulder 2.5 years ago when my level was barely 6C in Font. I’ll admit that I didn’t believe in it at first, but Christophe remained adamant it would eventually work, so I’d give it a few goes every 6 months or so… It was a kind of yardstick. But then I spent a whole year on the comp circuit and didn’t have time to get on it, and in September 2020 I started training with Guillaume. I felt like I’d improved, and that I was finally ready to really commit to it.

After that I must have tried 3 or 4 times without much belief, then 2 sessions on the rope last October, and finally 2 ‘redpoint’ sessions… These last two proved tough, because I was suddenly pretty close to sending, and I fell several times from the very top… Yes, for me this boulder problem is far from over once the left-hand lands the last good crimp! It was super frustrating!"

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