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Satan I Helvete Low (Font 8C) for Oriane Bertone

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15-year-old Oriane Bertone has climbed Satan I Helvete Low in Fontainebleau. The stand start was climbed again by Alban Levier in 2016 after a hold had broken in 2013 and subsequently repeated again by Charles Albert, who thought the grade of the stand was nearer to 8B+. Bertone's ascent of the low start was the first since the hold broke in 2013.

{"Satan I Helvete low start" — 8c} This trip in lockdown in Fontainebleau taught me much more than I expected. During this quarantine, my motivation suddenly went down. It was surely the hardest month of training I've never experienced. But thanks to that, I've learned that progress is the only real objective I must have. Become and relive each day, renew and reinvent yourself with new shades of color on our canvas. Simply progress, move forward and keep your head up high. Dare to accept yourself as you are. Dare to accept being kneaded, molded and shaped with defaults and qualities, and that perfection and achievement of results doesn't simply mean accomplishment. Accomplishment is the accumulation, the acceptance that our falls, our adjustments, our fears, our doubts, our abandonments and our surpassings are neither useless nor lost. That the way taken may be the right one, and that the longest path sometimes hides more treasures than the shortest path. It is thanks to all these stages, these stops, these injuries, these fears, tears and these questions that each in his own way progresses and advances. Here is "Satan I Helvete" my very first 8c and long-standing project. During this journey, I did some wonderful boulders that I'll surely post later 😉 Everything obviously wouldn't have been possible without the support of my family, my friends and my sponsors, thank you so much for your incredible work and your big involvement, I'll never be able to thank you enough ! @scarpafrance @e9clothing_official @team_edelrid @verticalartclimbing @basaltevolution @zer0_3000

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The problem at Coquibus Longs Vaux was first climbed by Sébastien Frigault from a low start and features a huge move from a poor sloping crack to the lip. The problem took Bertone 11 sessions in total and is the first female ascent of the line. If the grade is confirmed, this will be her first 8C boulder.

Bertone climbed her first 8B+ when she was just twelve and has been consolidating the high 8's ever since. She has climbed several 8B's in Rocklands and Fontainebleau.


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