The North Face athletes James Pearson and Gaz Parry, with some friends, are on a European road trip. 40 days of climbing, socialising with the European climbing community, giving climbing masterclasses and slideshows at various climbing walls, as well as taking in the sights and culture.
In our first installment (See UKC News: VIDEO 1: North Face Euro Road Trip) they had left the UK, then high tailed it up to Sweden, then Denmark, down to Holland and then Belgium.
After God Save The Queen at Freyr they rediscovered lycra at that well known sport crag Fontainebleau. It was then down to Basque Country and the caves and caverns of Baltzola, near Dima and Black Kongi, 8a+. Then it was to Madrid to deliver a climbing masterclass, then on to the 'in' crag Margalef for another classy 8a. Then Barcelona for another masterclass, a slideshow and socialising. On to the Gorge du Tarn in France where James got his first 8a onsight of the trip. Then it was to Apt and the classic crag Buoux, and the classic 8a, Reve de Papillon. Below is their second video of the trip and there are lots of photos and a full account at their blog.
Video by Keith Bradbury, winner of the UKClimbing.com Film Clip Competition with his In the Handholds of Greatness
We will be following their progress throughout this trip which ends on May 10th at the MelloBlocco climbing festival in Italy. See UKC News: Need A Holiday? Melloblocco 2009: 21-Apr-09
The North Face Summit Series Road Trip Map
You can follow James and Gaz's progress at thenorthfaceeu.typepad.com/summitseriesroadtrip