l'Alchimiste original, by Charles Albert

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Everything seems to be happening in Fontainebleau at the moment and especially at Apremont. Today, Charles Albert made the 4th ascent of L'Alchimiste (f8B+).

But that's not all. He did it by Marc LeMenestrel's original unrepeated left exit.

And that's still not all. He did it without shoes. Barefoot...

Charles suggests this version is around 8B+ in difficulty. This is a bit strange as the right, slightly easier, exit is currently considered ~8C.

Perhaps he has caught the attention of a shoe brand?

Here is a video with Charles.

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Charles Albert
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Charles Albert is a legendary French climber famous for climbing barefoot. His local area is Fontainebleau where he has climbed many of the hardest problems and performed many first ascents.

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29 Jan, 2016
A french duke climbing Karma barefoot, hello 2016
31 Jan, 2016
"Plus un fait est extraordinaire, plus il a besoin d'être appuyé de fortes preuves" I'm waiting for the video before being amazed
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