Back in France... At last! / by Mayan Smith-Gobat

  The town of Brantes, looking out to Mt Ventoux


So I am finally back in this wonderful land of rock... it feels like I have been away for far too long, it is far too easy to get sidetracked in this wonderful life of mine. Anyway, it feels really good  to have new inspiration again. Climbing routes which I have never seen before, and seeing countless amazing routes to aspire to!

I arrived in Europe just over a month ago, bought a van and built out the the interior. Then headed down to south France... the land of limestone! Now, I am at St. Leger rebuilding my climbing fitness. The last year has not been the best in terms of my climbing achievements, because of my knee injury and other commitments, but I feel as though everything is back on tack now. The knee is doing great, and I feel strong after a summer training in NZ. I am lacking resistance at the moment, but I trust that will not take too long to return.

I have spent the last couple of weeks settling back into climbing and being on the road full-time. I have been focusing on building up my resistance, climbing routes quickly and not allowing myself to try anything too hard yet.  As a result I have succeeded in climbing several routes around 7c+ and 8a, enjoying new movements on rock, learning to flow again! 

I am loving the french way of life and spend many hours trying to get my head around this language! Will try to get some climbing shots sometime soon, but have been too absorbed in the climbing to get any yet.