Since our very first outdoor climbing trip (with Ambers) in april 2012, we fell in love with the rocks. We decided to get more experience and do an outdoor course to learn outdoor techniques. Our choice is an outdoor climbing course with former multiple Dutch champion Mirjam Verbeek. We booked one week from monday 15 okt - friday 19 okt.
The fun thing is that we were very impatient and we really want to do something outdoors before the course. So we went a lot of times outdoor climbing with the Ambers and done the NKBV outdoor course. So before the course of Mirjam we could already manage the basic outdoor techniques. Mirjam adjusted the course to our level so we could do more advanced things.
Usually it takes 3 hours driving from Geneva to Orpierre according to the route planner, but with our Chevrolet Spark, it took like 3,5 hours. Stupid weak engine...
Everyone was tired after travelling and we were not in the mood for cooking so we went out for diner. After diner we went early to bed to prepare for a week full of climbing. We stayed in Mirjam's guesthouse, a French gite. It's located in the center of an ancient village called Orpierre. It breathes a medieval atmosphere. There is still a village mentality, everyone says hi to everyone even if they don't know each other. The people are very nice and friendly.
Course day 1
Course day 2
Course day 3
Course day 4
Course day 5
After 4 days of climbing it was time for the real work! We did a multipitch route with 4 pitches! Our very first multipitch experience was so great! Especially the last part was hard, but our efforts was richly rewarded by the nice view and satisfaction (and the food :)
Unfortunally we are at the last day so we decided to go out for diner for the last supper in a Chinese-Vietnamese restaurant in Laragne.
Saturday morning we had our last breakfast together and the car group left after breakfast. The plane group went to Grenoble to do some shopping at Au Vieux Campeur (Mekka of climbing stores), and flew back in the evening (almost missed the plane hehe).
It was an awesome week with a lot of fun and we learned a lot of new things. Orpierre is so beautiful and there is so much to climb from easy routes to very difficult routes. Everyone who loves climbing must have been here for at least once in his lifetime :)
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