Moksha 9a by Alex Chabot (38)

Monday, 29 June

Alex Chabot, 21 times World Cup winner in the 2000's before he stopped competing in 2007, has done Moksha 9a in Pic St Loup in just 24 hours. In the last week or so he has also onsighted two 8b+' as well as done one 8c+. He won the French Championship for six years straight but was later not allowed to participate due to not wanting to, "take part in a masquerade (wearing logos) in order to satisfy the powerful federation." After he finished competitions, he focused on Alpinism and got his mountain guide diploma. The 38-year-old has now done four 9a's including his first one in 2004. (c) Mélanie Cannac

"Today I have freedom and independence which makes me want to climb a lot more. I’ve been training a lot in the recent months! and my entourage of friends were very supportive!" Here is an old 8a interview where you can get a feeling for his ideologic open mindset. More comments on Fanatic Climbing

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