Here is a little sum up of how things are going in this beginning of the 2012 year. First of all, I finished my master thesis the 20 of January. Nice piece of paper on something that can be traduced as “liability for debts from the member of an association”; I can assure you that the content was as sexy as the title J.
I thought that the end of my master would go along with lots of outside climbing. I couldn’t be more wrong! The weather has been shitty around Geneva all February, and none of my projected cliff was dry. That gave me the occasion to climb a bit more on slab and to discover a few cliff, because as everyone knows, when there is no holds, it takes less time to dry!
That leads us to Easter holidays and my trip to Annot. Huge sandstone boulder + Structure team for great evening + not so bad weather (only 7cm of snow over the week and rain one day on two J) = great holidays. The highlights? My first trad experience, with Alois and Pillard. Placed cams from n°½ to n°6 in pure cracks! I also did THE line of Annot on sight (Exit in red, 8a) : 15 meter on verticals and slopers, highly recommended! My girlfriend also did her first 6a+ on sight with a bunch of other 6. Quite a performance!
Back in Geneva, I had to focus a bit more on my law school, and I am now passing the (quite) last exams of my life, real relief! I managed to climb a small roofy route “le Boa direct, 8b+” in a cliff for climbers in lack of time. This line can be resumed as two boulder sections. The first one is a match on crimps with a tricky heelhook and a dyno from there ; the second one is a dyno followed by a thrown heelhook.
I was in shape and eager to give everything this summer. That was before I heard a magnificent POP in the crux of a project two weeks ago… Diagnostic : ruptured pulley and at minimum 3 month of recovery. The upside? I am in the U.S. all July for my first time, so I’ll have time to discover the U.S. on another side than the climbing one (even if I might drop a tear on my 4 days in Yosemite…). Anyhow, I hope 2012 isn't the end of the world, because it would be sad not to be in shape for that kind of event ;)
Thanks for reading if you got there, and take care (mainly of your fingers)!