Stéphanie Bodet amid a sea of tufas on “Lost in Translation” (8a+/5.13c) Yangshuo, China 

What I liked, I think, was that climbing didn’t really seem like a sport. I was pretty much allergic to all traditional sports, in which I wasn’t especially gifted. Most of all I enjoyed being in nature with friends. In climbing, I immediately felt in my element. There was the contact with the rock, the searching and finding of your own solutions to get higher… Another thing which I’ve always admired is that it’s an activity in which the equipment is limited. It’s not the gear which will make the difference, it’s you.

photo: Arnaud Petit