This is a video of Arnaud Petit making the first traditional ascent (FTA?) of The Black Bean, 8b, in the Biographie sector at Céüse, France.
It's also the perfect illustration to why it's so much more difficult to climb 8b trad compared to 8b sport, especially so when there are only 9 possible spots for gear in 65 meters, and most of them are dubious.
To call this a traditional ascent is perhaps wrong, as there is nothing traditional about placing cams and nuts in limestone rock...
Be it how it may, this is one of the best short videos I've ever seen!
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