The most recent difficult new mixed route in the province was just climbed by Jean Francois Girard. Located in Percé, he called the 35-metre pitch Le Gnocchi du Cardinal and it goes at M9 WI5+.
“Last week I had the luck to finish my winter season with a magnificent route,” he said. “My life partner Audrey Banville was kind enough to come and give me a belay.”
Girard said that the rock was cryptic with small potato-like holds. “The upper ice was fractured, melted and in snowy conditions,” he said. “This was a dream line, because we believed for a ling time that rock was too poor to accept bolts and tools; we were wrong.”
Girard also thanks Carl Darveau, who helped on the first day of cleaning and bolting. Watch a short clip by Banville below.