8c by Claudia Ghisolfi and Giorgia Tesio (19)

Friday, 24 July

Georgia Tesio, who did her first 8b+ at age 14, when she also did her first 8A+ boulder, has done her first 8c, Mieux vaut une petite bien sure in La Saume. At the same crag Claudia Ghisolfi did her second 8c, Idée fixed.

Giorgia: ”The passed weekend I escaped the heat and went for a short trip to Briançon in France. It was simply amazing! Great crew, perfect conditions in the beautiful crag La Saume located at 2000+ meter altitude.

After my knee injury and the quarantine I’d say my endurance was not the best. When I do some sports climbing I usually pick up a short route, or at least the most bouldery at the crag. I did the same this time. I tried it on Saturday for the first time and after five tries, I managed to find the method, which suited best for me and at the end of the day I fell on the last move! I was more exited than disappointed. I knew it was possible! The next day I warmed up and then gave it a shoot and without even realizing it I found myself clipping the chain of my first 8c! It was a great satisfaction. Without any competitions except for the Briançon World Cup, I changed my focus and found the right motivation again in rock climbing. I had so much fun that I’m already looking forward for a new project, maybe something longer this time, who knows; but for now it has to wait since Briançon competition is coming closer and closer!”

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