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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

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Stephanie Bodet climbs “Tough Enough” (8a+) - Madagascar by Petzl sport
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“Arnaud Petit climbing "Black Bean” 8b (5.13d) in Ceüse a fabulous 65 m route, using his own gear for protection"

What a wicked clip, really shows how far trad climbing can go.

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Stéphanie Bodet, Sylvain Millet and Arnaud Petit FA of Tough Enough, a 380-meter, 5.14a on the east face of the Karambony formation at the Tsaranoro Massif, Madagascar (video 3:05)

film: Laurent Triay