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Hard France Trad Le Voyage E10 7a Repeated Three Times

The nearly 40-metre-tall gear climb is one of the hardest of its kind in the country

Le Voyage at Annot is one of the hardest trad climbs in France, going at E10 7a, which equates to spicy 5.14- trad in Canada. The first ascent was by James Pearson in 2017.

This past week, Babsi Zangerl, Jacopo Larcher and Siebe Vanhee all made repeats of the technical crack line. Pearson said about the 38-metre route, “First a 7a [5.14] crack, then a full rest, then a traverse on tiny holds to an airy crack where you don’t jam much. Just, just enough protection.”

Larcher and Zangerl had spent some time working on the route on top-rope, and Vanhee was fresh off his first 5.14d. Larcher sent first, then Vanhee and finally Zangerl the next day. Watch Pearson on the FA below.

Zangerl is one of the world’s leading trad climbers with a number of big sends to her name, including three free climbs on El Cap: Zodiac VI 5.13, Magic Mushroom VI 5.14 and El Nino VI 5.13. She also made the first female ascent of the Alpine Trilogy in the Alps: Kaisers neue Kleider 5.14, Silbergeier 5.14 and End of Silence 5.14.

For trad routes, she’s made the first female ascents of Prinzip Hoffnung 5.13dR and Achemine 5.13+R. In Canada, she was the first woman to redpoint The Path 5.14R at Back of the Lake.

FA of Le Voyage