Watch James Pearson send Le Voyage at Annot in France. The run-out line goes at E10 7a, which is spicy 5.14. “Trad is beautiful, and natural, but it can also be fickle,” noted Pearson.

"Le Voyage" E10 7a, ligne 5 etoiles 5 climbing days in Annot, that was a well worth discovery, after having to bail from a planned trip to Italy because of rain and snow (in May!). Annot was just the emergency plan… And when you don't expect anything, the best can happen. The key was to find the local trad fighters, and we found them, and they told us the secrets. One big project in 'la chambre du roi',…' it goes, it's been tried by several people, but it's really scary'. Hmm mm… Interesting… Off we went, and James started his siege. "The line worked, indeed. 38 metres, first a 7a crack, a full rest, then a traverse on tiny stuffs, and an airy crack where you don't jam much. Just, just enough protection, and what, what a line. To have the chance to do the FA of such a huge route, in such a place, doesn't happen every day. I feel lucky, thankful to Lionel who told me the secret, and full of joy for having gone through the process of working, falling, and finally doing 'Le Voyage', E10 7a, in Annot. I'll go to the extent of saying: this is the best new trad route I have ever done. " @thenorthface @wildcountry_official @lasportivagram #tradclimbing #pureclimbing #annot #southoffrance #sandstone #firstascent #climbing_pictures_of_instagram #neverstopexploring

A post shared by Caro Ciavaldini James Pearson (@onceuponaclimb) on

Le Voyage took Pearson five days to piece together, from figuring out the moves to linking to the final jug. “It’s incredible that it even exists, anywhere, but especially in Annot where so many of the other big faces are just blank,” said Pearson.

“Le Voyage is definitely the best new Trad route I have ever done.”


Related