24 year-old Bristol-based climber Rhoslyn Frugtniet had a very successful first trip to the sport climbing Mecca, Ceuse (Céüse), in the Hautes-Alpes region of France. Rhos flashed Face de Rat 8a+, a crimpy, technical and overhanging line in the largely blank sector of the same name.
Rhos headed to Céüse after competing for Team GB in the IFSC lead competitions around Europe. She told UKC:
"They hadn't gone particularly well, so I was excited for some air time and bolt clipping to relax. In the first few days I racked up a few good onsights (some 7c+'s and a 7c) so was pretty keen to try and flash 8a, because well...why not? I had heard Face de Rat was good and before going on it watched a Czech guy so I knew the beta!"
She described the line as follows:
"The route is this amazing line through steep climbing, it's basically 4/5 boulder problems with rests in between. Some rests were better than others! I didn't really know what to expect, but Ijust kept on climbing until I clipped the chains. I didn't feel particularly fit before Céüse but it's an amazing crag for 7c/7c+ to help build fitness."
Overall, Rhos ticked 2 x 8as second and third go (Carte Blanche, Petit Tom) and two 8a+s (one redpoint of the 8a+ finish to La Couleur du Vent, and a flash of Face de Rat) alongside some onsight mileage in the high 7s.
Rhos recently placed 5th in the British Bouldering Championships. Next on her list is the IFSC Boulder World Cup in Munich this weekend, before turning her attention to some UK projects. Watch this space...