patrick edlinger

“Euroblow” n, a smashing, dashing, stylish blow of excess chalk from the fingertips; aka “French blow” was popularized by French mega-star Patrick Edlinger in the documentary La vie au bout des doigts (1982), in which we see the trademark blow giving him amazing free-soloing powers, augmented by running shorts and a red bandana, in France’s Verdon Gorge. Wrote Dale Goddard in a 1988 Climbing piece: “Ever since Edlinger popularized the practice… the French have been conspicuously turning their heads to the side and with a casual expression, blowing their fingertips.”

source: The Climbing Dictionary by Matt Samet