I'm interested in many things, like climbing, music, photography, film making, writing and juggling with fire.
How and when did you first start climbing?
I started climbing by accident. I was a strong cyclist and when I came back in my town, I wanted to register in the club. The guy just looked at me and said "No", because I was disabled. Maybe, it was better this way, because I didn't want to take the drugs for doping...;) Sick!
Was it "love at first sight"?
Not really. It wasn't until just after the national championship that I understood that climbing could be my passion or my life.
What does climbing mean to you today? Why is it important?
Climbing is my favorite activity, but you know, it's difficult to be «professional» when you're «disabled» like me. Ok! In France, it's great because my sponsors have helped me a lot and I'm proud of that. If Petzl didn't help me during 6 years, I wouldn't be here and meet the most famous, strongest climbers. People who are my friends now.
After, I've the others hobbies like singing, making the fire-show, making the climbing movie, etc etc.
When I started this sport, I thought that I could never reach the 7a level. I thought that my hands were too fragile, but the truth is that it was just my brain who stopped my progression. I discovered this during my Evolution Tour, by training with Adam Ondra, thomas Mrazek and Natalija Gros . It was a rich experience and essential to my progress. For example, when I was with Natalija who isn't very tall (1,55m), but still the European Champion, I understood that my new goal is
Before the journey, I didn't really know what I wanted with this tour. Finally, as the days went by, I begun to understand what I get from all people. I just offer my life and climbing philosophy. Sometimes, the normal people come to speak to me and the first question «Where do you come from? Who are you? «. The reply is here! I have an unusual face and finally if the people look at me on the street, it's because I have a
After, Petzl, North Face, Beal, La Sportiva and Julbo have helped me. It was so cool that they supported me and had confidence in me.
I started 12 January and it's finished 1 January. But you know? During the travel, I wanted to exchange my climbing experiences with some stars, like Adam Ondra, Thomas Mrazek,
What have you learnt from it so far?
I learned a lot about myself of course. It's very complicated to answer this question... Many people asked me if I miss something. Sure, I miss my friends but not in a nostalgic way. I miss all the people that I met last week. Strange feeling because many times, I've lived alone in the wood, with no discussion, nothing...
What do you think you can teach other people?
I don't know. Ask at them! When in 2011, my movie will...You'll have the answer;-)
Do you have any big goals or dreams for the future?
Of course, I wanna be a president of the world, to be stupid, to destroy the nature, to have a lot of money, to have the nuclear bomb...just positive stuff.
Best climbing experience?
Many experiences, but I think that it was in Mallorca 3 years ago. I opened a route just close the Es Pontas route. I was so proud of that. It was incredible to climb everyday without rope and to fall into the sea. My route is a 6b grade, about 20-25m tall. Quite high but with many pleasures.
Anything else that you'd like the world to know
Take care everybody. Maybe you need an angel. I can find it !