Monique Forestier on Les Naufragas du Rhum (8b, 5.13d), Nosy Hara Archipelago, Madagascar

Build a pyramid. Like you’ve really got to get out on rock and do the miles. There are no short cuts. I’ve done a lot of ground work over the years and built a pretty good base. Certainly you can get quite strong in the gym and that’s a great way to train, but you just learn so much more being on rock. Go out there and climb as much as possible and take the falls.

photo: Simon Carter