Mexico Climbing Trip
"The Mexico is sadly known for its narco traficants. So, with Aurelie Didillon, we decide to do our own lines… in climbing, for sure! But, we have brung our own powder, some chalk, of course… We focused especially on two routes. The first one on the “El Gigante” Wall is named “Logical Progression”. The name suits perfectly to this face because it’s surely the most sportive and the longer world’s route: 800 meters in 7C+ max. The second one, next to the Basaseachi waterfall is shorter but harder: “Subiendo el Arcoiris”, 300m, 8a max.
After 5 days to reach our little paradise place and mostly recover from the jetlag, we meet Valentin. He will be our guide to reach the giant’s feet. You have to know that he raises cattle and he is the only one to know by heart the area, as well as the narcos who grow in the sector…
It is a steep wall and from the bottom we can’t see the summit. Our project consisting in do a free redpoint looks really bold, seeing what’s waiting for us: around thirty pitches in 7, for 3 days of climbing and the hoisting of all of our equipment.
After a night at the feet of the wall, we start early. The wall still at the shadow until 4 pm. The beginning is easier, we acclimatize to the style to reach the first bivouac ledge around 1 pm. Aurélie finds the methods of the first 7c, which permit to me to achieve it in one try. She achieves it just after me. For the next 7c+, it is my turn to analyse. Aurélie misses the flash from a little bit. Sun is coming but I choose to have a try. I do it but just just! We come back to our ledge to have some deserved rest.
At the awakening, without any warming, Aurel misses once again her try. Unfortunately, we don’t have time anymore for another run… We continue. This day, we just had to do one try each on a 7c. Just before the tough sun come, we reach the second ledge. We begin to be exhausted. The only thing that boosts our morale is the perspective to have our bags lighter as we drink water.
At the summit, Valentin is waiting for us, having a nap under is cowboy hat
After a quick week having some rest and doing some tourism, we find back the motivation to put our feet in our climbing shoes.
We work for two days the most important pitches of the waterfall route. The climbing is awesome and really diversified. We feel ready for a try in free climbing. This time we are doing a perfect partition. We both accumulate corners, slabs, and other slight overhands in just one try! Once the summit reached, this time we enjoy for a last time this wonderful scenery in the canyon."