The 3rd pitch of our route Zembrocal was quite an adventure. Its one of the strangest, most exhausting pitches I have climbed, especially when you consider it is a chimney for 50% of the time meaning you can quite often take off both of your hands. It was the vision and motivation of Caroline that open and free climbed the pitch. I was more than content to make the second ascent of the pitch, after a lot of attempts and a BIG fight, and felt it was by far the hardest pitch we had climbed at that point of the expedition. Shortly after, Yuji arrived at the belay nursing a terrible hangover from the night before, and proceeded to ‘flash” the pitch with little visible effort. To rub salt in the wound, this incredible achievement was without any warm-up! Yuji lowered back down to the floor saying what a nice pitch it was, and calmly took himself back to bed… bastard!

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for pics… Just have a look :)


Reunion Island, the live volcano. From the beach to the Piton Des Neiges. I’m telling you, it’s a paradise… Caro grew up there, she had to come back…


Crux pitch of Zembrocal


James on the 3rd pitch, an 8a dihedral


Typical old houses of Cilaos, in the heart of the island


Sam on Innocence, Bras rouge

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