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 :)

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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…

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Crux pitch of Zembrocal

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James on the 3rd pitch, an 8a dihedral

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

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Sam on Innocence, Bras rouge

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