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7A by Philippe Ribière Video

© Philippe Ribière coll.

Philippe Ribière, the boulderer born with the Rubinstein-Taybi syndrome, recently climbed, Rumeurs Vagabondes, 7A, at La Capelle et Masmolene not far from Avignon, France, his hardest problem to date.

Philippe says he has virtually no power in his forearms so climbing a problem like this poses quite a different and more difficult challenge compared to most climbers.

He had actually done this problem once before after investing several months in it, back in 2008, but this confirmed, as he put it that he is not finished as a climber, and not getting old at all, especially as he now needed only three hours to re-climb it.

Now onwards to his next project, La Baleine, ~7A+, in Fontainebleau.

Philippe Ribière is sponsored by: Chimpanzee, Climb On, Julbo, La Sportiva, Lapis, Petzl and The North Face


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20 Jan, 2015
Good for him, heart-warming stuff. Be interesting to hear more about the effects of his condition; it's not obvious at first sight why this would be a good choice of problem for someone with no power in their forearms. jcm
20 Jan, 2015
Extremely poor choice of project. Climbing at La Capelle has been strictly banned for over four years, as noted here La Capelle et Masmolene and on various other websites. Some of the locals have been quietly climbing there with the authorisation of the landowner, but they haven't been making videos about it.
20 Jan, 2015
I'm pretty sure he was very recently dropped by The North Face.
21 Jan, 2015
Don't worry it's not as if he turned the whole boulder into a giant white tickmark
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