9 September 2023

Marco Zanone chalks up Condé de choc

Marco Zanone has started September by doing Condé de choc (9a) in Entraygues. “This line climbs very well. Really cool and hard moves all the way to the top. Stoked to get back on the 9a range.” (c) Valeria Mutinelli

Can you tell us more about the ascent?
Conde de Choc is a route that has always been under my radar. It’s quite short, very bouldery at the start, I think it requires to be bit a boulderer and a bit sport climber. I really like that type of style, the one I probably like the most, so I knew one day I had to try it. This august I climbed in Entraygues more than usual. Did Sankukai in a few days during a 2 weeks stay so I was psyched to try harder.

After a 10 days break, at the beginning of September I returned to France with not a specific goal, because we didn’t really knew where we could have climbed. An epic rain storm hit just before we left home, so the choice was easy. Let’s go to Entraygues that is always dry.

Felt pretty strong on the intro boulder and in the meantime I was working the upper part (that I have already climbed in 2021) to make sure to have everything dialed for the day I will pass the crux. After the first 2 days struggling with the humid, on my third climbing day of the trip, the wind came and everything worked out perfectly. The first time I did the boulder I went to the top 💪🏻

Since June my focus as always been in Ceuse, but summer It’s too hot for me to try at my limit. Now that fall is at the gate I’m super excited to go back there to say hi to an old friend.
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