Siebe Vanhee has developed a taste for rope solos. In the Verdon Gorge, he made free ascents of Une Jolie Fleur dans un Peaux de Vache (300m, 8b) and take it or leave it (110m, 8a) in this demanding style. In the case of the former, it would have been an almost rapid ascent if not for this simple error in its single rope system.
After Siebe Vanhee managed to climb the steep, 500-metre-long El Pilar del Cantabrico (8a+) route in the Picu Urreillu Rope-Solo last August, he wanted to tackle a more difficult multi-pitch route in the Verdon Gorge: Une Jolie Fleur dans un Peaux de Vache (300 AD, 8 B).
And of course he wanted to step it up a notch in difficulty from his last solo rope adventure in Spain, where he climbed an 8a+ level.
You just passed the visual inspection
At 8 a.m., Siebe Vanhee started the route at the foot of the Parois du Duc. After entry step 6b, key step 8b was approaching.
“But it was still a completely different caliber, a single rope.” However, his setup worked perfectly, increasing his confidence getting onto the pitch. He said and did. Now the chances of seeing the whole tour were really good.
On the first 8a – a beautiful climb on monocoque tufa – he quickly felt invigorated. “I should have rested longer,” he recalls. “But that’s the downside of climbing alone, it’s hard to get enough rest.”
Falling is inevitable. He made a stupid mistake: he attached his stabilizer to the rope loop the wrong way. After a 15-minute break, he completed the field on the second attempt. Siebe Vanhee was able to climb the last 8a over the Verdon Gorge.
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Two days later he won the Verdon Classic Take it or leave it (110m, 8a). The first two throws went well, although he had to get used to the style of the road and the steepness of the wall. However, in the following 7C he made a mistake and was unceremoniously dropped.
After that, the famous 8a pitch with the wide key pull was waiting for him. Here too, he succeeded on the second attempt after overcoming the movements. “The technical style of the route and the fact that I climbed it with the rope alone definitely made it more difficult.”
However, rope climbing is an exciting and new climbing style for him, which is what excites Sippy Vanhee.
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