Monday, November 21, 2011

Bouldering moments at Targassonne

A beautiful location, a wide valley between snowed-in mountains, sunshine and crisp temperatures - what better place to go to on a day full of rainy forecasts all over Catalunya?  A short (but expensive) drive brings one just over the French border, in time to order a true "pain au chocolat" at the Llivia Boulangerie, and hit the warm orange granite running for the gold.

Beautiful scenery of late autumn...

More of the same - Targassonne boulder field with snow in the background

It's been a long while since I bouldered, my most fond memories going back to Fontainebleau.  Frozen and cold, it kept us interested and happy for many days, escaping Belgian rock gyms and rainy season.  Old times, with old friends, Taz showing off her ankle tatoo while pulling hard on some problem with Scappy in the background, Max and Paolo figuring out the footwork with Dolomite altitude of distinguished Italian mountaineers, Ren trying hard 6cs at Cul de Chien or Sabots, Tim running from one 7a to the next, dynoing up the heart problem, Marc sending 7bs while cheered by Olov.  Me never managing to even do a 6a there, falling off many problems, sending a few.  Meeting all in the evening to cellebrate with crepes and cidre at the awesome Breton restaurant in the center of the town. Old times, that from far away now seem good again.

I managed to try many boulders in Targassonne as well, falling off most of them, but at least with style:

Falling, all the way...

Trying (without success) one of the more inspiring lines that day...

While I boulder in France again, here is a little video of Ukrainian bouldering scene, in the only climbing location I have actually visited in Ukraine, Dovbushevy skalu sandstone:


Xavi said...

Creo que estuvimos casi todos este finde en Targasonne, no?

Lo del bloque tiene truco, debía tener un mal dia. Los paso de 7c y 8a de las vias que encadenas "almenos" són 6b o 6c de bloque, "algo" puedes hacer en Targa!!!;P

El bloque que sale en la foto es LOBY ONE ( 7a), y seguro que algo más duro como paso has encaenado en granito. Es cuastión de asimilar el "bloque" sin cuerda,a veces la cabeza tambien cuenta en este tipo de escalada.

Suerte la próxima vez y buen blog

uasunflower said...

Hola, Xavi, pues si, mucha gente a Targa, y buen tiempo, - al menos el sabado. Si, bloque tiene mucho truco y cabeza, y me gusta bastante, a ver si lo consigo mejorar un poco. Merci por leer :)