Hey climbers! I missed you. I’m back 😀

Since April I have been looking forward to my climbing trip to Céüse. In May I started to train for some endurance to get fit in June.

In June I spent a little less than 3 weeks in Southern France. To get to this area, it’s best to fly to Nice (FRA), from the airport it’s about 4 hours to get to Gap (by bus or car).

This is my escape from the cold dutch weather. Ciaooo! #Eindhoven

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Once you arrive in Gap, you’ll have to navigate to Sigoyer. This is the nearest village to get to Céüse. I stayed on a campsite: Les Guerins, which offers the basics to survive 😉

This climbing trip I joined a Finnish crew: Anna Laitinen, Markus Lehtonen and Ville Mustonen. Although my Finnish isn’t that good, it was awesome to hang out with them.

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Photo: Anna Laitinen

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Photo: Markus Lehtonen

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Photo: Ville Mustonen

My first impression was that this area has a lot of potential to find really nice gems. For sure it’s one of the best sports crags I have visited. The limestone rock is really cool. It offers loads of pockets, crimps, pinches, jugs, sidepulls, slabs and even some colonettes. What more could you wish for? I was able to adapt quickly to these walls, which are technical and sometimes steep. The bolts are well spaced and sometimes the run out can be somewhat challenging. If you’re not afraid to fall 4 or 5 meters from the last bolt, then you’re absolutely fine 😉

Instead of writing how I spent my time I will share my climbing diary day by day. I hope you can read my old school handwriting 😛 The notes describes the sectors I have visited and which lines I enjoyed (Name of the route – grade – sent – Onsight / Flash or attempts that day). In between I shared some photos of the crags.

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Photo: POV from campsite Les Guerins

Breakfast time #ceuse #camplife

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Photo: Road to the crags

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Photo: Just arrived at Berlin Sector

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Photo: View from Berlin sector

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Photo: Panorama view from Berlin

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Photo: Crowded on the wall

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Photo: Anna practicing her front lever skills

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Photo: Moved into this sweet crib

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Photo: Toilet sticker view

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Photo: Breakfast front yard / best internet wifi spot

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Photo: Table tennis!

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Photo: Rental fridges 1 euro per day

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Photo: Panorama view Petit Ceuse

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Photo: Ville in one of his projects Berlin 7c

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Photo: Anna in her lovely route Dolce Vita 8a+

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Photo: On our way to a natural lake suggested by Anna

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Photo: We got lost.

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Photo: We found the right exit!

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Photo: Parked our cars.

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Photo: Self explanatory.

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Photo: Super nice to be here!

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Photo: Going for a dive 🙂

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Photo: Jumping off the rocks 😛

The best restday ever. #river #swimming #restday

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Photo: Cascade sector

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Photo: Enjoying Vagabond d’Occident 7c – photocredits to Ville

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Photocredits to Ville

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Restday at #ceuse. We love to chill around on this playground. @annaliinalaitinen @vmustonen

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Photo: Biographie wall <3

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Photo: Biographie wall full of history

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Photo: Stacking stones

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Photo: Stacking more stones 😀

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Photo: These clouds are amazing!

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Photo: Climbing Technology bag is awesome.

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Photo: Climbing after 10 PM with headlights. Cooling down.

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Photo: Ben, Jerry and me 😀

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Photo: Approach Climbshop in Gap, I’ve got myself a new topoguide 😀

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Photo: That day we ate salmon + chips + veggies, yummie!

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Let's crush some rock today! #lasportiva #solution

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Photo: POV from Demi Lune sector

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Photo: Enjoying Femme Noir

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Photo: Markus in Poinconneur des lilas 8a+ classic

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Photo: Hi Marmot athlete Anna

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Photo: I was working out Mr. Hyde 8C+, which was somewhat bouldery and reachy but super cool line though!

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Photo: Anna in Bourinator 8a

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Photo: Rain and fog isn’t good at all!

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Photo: Hiding for the rain.

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Photo: After rain comes sunshine. I just had to capture these rainbows <3

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Photo: Our hike up was fun 🙂

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Photo: Long way to go but I didn’t care cause I enjoyed the nature.

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Photo: Rain won’t stop us.

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Photo: Watching climbing movies 😀

Hiked up to #cascade at 7.30 AM, that was cool and fun this morning! #ceuse

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Photo: Markus working out Bourinator 8a

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Photo: Waiting for pizza!

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Photo: Pizza time!!

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Photo: Markus working out Bourinator again whilst the fog came upon us

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Photo: Impossible to climb with this fog.

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Photo: Anna on her way down when she just sent Bourinator 8a!! Congrats Anna!

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Photo: Headlamp climbing time 😉

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Photo: I brought a monocular to check out the rocks from the campsite.

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Photo: Last climbing day and it was pretty crowded!

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Photo: Spectacular panorama view

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What did I learn from Céüse?
It’s good to come prepared when you want to climb lots of routes. Make sure you’re fit to climb +30 meter routes.
The trek / hike towards the crag takes more or less an hour. Take your time and enjoy the nature. Eventually your body will get super fit!
My first time won’t be my last time 😉

My trip was unforgettable. These walls are superb, period!! The climbers I met inspired me to climb harder and push my limits. I can’t complain about spending my time here. I hope you enjoyed the photo story 😀

For now, I’m back in Eindhoven with a lot of inspiration and motivation to return next year for another round to climb more gems and classic routes!

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