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At the end of last year I went to Turkey for some awesome tufa climbing. My Instagram followers have already seen some pictures of this trip, but here is the full story, including even more pictures.

The weather in GeyikBayiri was perfect. Clear blue skies and not a single drop of rain!

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Together with my friend Jérôme I shared a bungalow on the camping Climbers Garden. Daniel, Jurgen and Sven, friends with whom I climbed here 2 years ago, stayed at campsite Josito. Click here to check the post from back then.

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Goodmorning! Can't wait to enjoy this fruit muesli 😊 #climbersgarden photocredits: 📷 @jvercout

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During this trip we went many times to Çitdibi where we enjoyed long tufas in perfect conditions. The first day was still a little bit chilly, but luckily this also resulted in very good friction on the rock.

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During the trip I kept a list of all the routes I climbed in these 2 weeks time. I am very proud of all the routes I topped.

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Sitting around in Caro James weddingpresent #cidtibi #climbing_pictures_of_instagram

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@truongngocom #climbing in #citdibi

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Besides all the climbing I have also made a beautiful hike together with Jeroen Kuipers.

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He nowadays lives in GeyikBayiri and works for Climbers Garden, which has expanded with some luxury accommodations: The Land.

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Jeroen shared interesting facts about the history of Trebenna and showed us some remains of this former village. Very impressive to see these artifacts exposed to the elements instead of preserved in a museum.

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Besides visiting Trebenna I had another rest day in Antalya.

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And one of the last days I was invited to the wedding ceremony of Tobias and Duygu. It was really nice to be present at their wedding.

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Smiles for life! #josito

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From the Netherlands I again congratulate you guys very much and I hope that you will climb many hard routes together in the future!

On my last day I climbed with Duygu in Alabalik. Together we worked in the route Neptulania. Luckily I was able to send this route in my third attempt. This was a really nice end to my climbing holiday.

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All the other routes I topped during my stay can be found in my tick list. I didn’t climb super hard routes, nevertheless I ended up with really nice memories and had good times with my climbing buddies!

Yesss here I’m back again. I just returned from a dinner at Mechelen (BEL) with Nikki, Tabitha, Elko and Wouter. We are sleeping here in a hotel at Mechelen. I ran into Jain Kim (room next to me) and also some Austrians are sleeping in the same hotel. It will be a cozy breakfast tomorrow!

We are here because we’ll compete tomorrow (Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd of September) in a worldcup at Puurs. It is the 4th lead worldcup this year.

Tomorrow I’ll compete and start as climber number 15 in my first route and 35th in my second qualification route.

With a total of 39 competitors it is a whole different field compared to last week in France. There will be a lot of strong climbers, so I hope the routes will be really cool.

According the program the routes will start from 11.00 AM till 17.00 hours. I suppose I’ll climb around noon 12.00 o’clock in my first route!

I’m really psyched!! Come support us at Puurs. Or else you can watch at home via the livestream or at the official Flanders Worldcup Puurs webpage!

I’m heading off to bed. Goodnight from Belgium and see you tomorrow!

It’s been a few days that I’m back home again. Last Thursday was my climbing day and I’m going to tell you all about it.

I had to wake up early. According to the climbing schedule, I had to climb 4th in my second route.

In the morning I was having breakfast with Tom. It was only 7 AM and I got a nice mini croissant with tea. After breakfast we left to the arena. Our hotel was nearby the arena, took us 15 minutes by foot. It was nice to walk outside and really wake up.

When I arrived at the arena, I had to show my pass to get in. I took a quick look at the wall to check the routes. I saw Jorg Verhoeven as well. He informed me about the blue routes. There were 4 routes set in the wall. I had to focus on the blue routes.

Behind the wall was the warm up zone. It wasn’t big nor high. I always find it difficult to warm up on a small boulder wall though and then climb a hard route. Perhaps I should standardise my training this way to get the feeling of it.

Anyway, I was placed in group B which had a total of 51 climbers. Group A also had 51 climbers. I’m not used to compete against so many climbers though.

I changed my clothes and started to warm up. When I felt a bit pumpy, I focused on the flash route. It was recorded on video behind the wall and repeated over and over.

I wasn’t paying too much attention to the route, just the sequence. I knew where the holds were set and took a look in front of the wall. I was visualizing how the movements would feel like when I will climb the route.

It was almost time to climb. I didn’t feel nervous yet. I was putting on my climbingshoes backstage and prepared myself to climb. I had to wait until it was my turn. The first part of the route went really well. I expected this route to be much harder. The holds were nice however the clipping the quickdraws wasn’t nice. Anyway, no hard moves so far which could have scared me off. At that moment I was believing in myself, enjoying the climb and I could could hear my team members supporting me. I can’t remember the music or anything else. The route was really nice.

Although I didn’t climb all the way to the top, but I was kind of surprised when I fell out of the route. From a sidepull I had to cross over with my right hand and grabbed an undercling with my left hand. I can remember this guy placed his foot on a far foothold and so did I. The next hold was meant for my right hand and as I went towards the hold I felt I didn’t get my fingers properly on the hold. It was small though, but that was the moment I fell out of the route. I wasn’t too happy about that but also I wasn’t too disatisfied about it. The climb went okay I suppose. I just wished I didn’t fall out at that spot. My left arm was starting to get pumpy but I wasn’t tired yet.

My second route was much later. I was placed 29th in the first route. I had to wait 2 hours, which gave me the opportunity to watch other climbers in the routes. From this point of view it looked like the 1st route was set harder than the route I had just climbed. Once in while I was walking backstage to traverse on the wall. Usually it feels easy to stay warm after one route. I memorized the route and was ready to climb.

Just before it was my turn, Michiel and Hans showed up. They were just in time to watch me climb. When I started my second route, I heard them supporting me. Actually I only heard my team cheering for me and nothing else. The moves looked hard but once again I expected it to be hard but it was all okay.

The roof had good holds and getting out of the roof was a crux for me. I knew it was hard to go to this sloper. I placed my left heel behind on the module and I knew I had to cross over with my left hand. It didn’t feel right though, so I went with my right hand to this sloper.

I wasn’t even close to this hold! Perhaps because of my feet placement it didn’t feel right and therefore I got punished.

I knew right away this score wasn’t enough to advance to the semis. I ended up 51st from 102 lead competitors. Just in the middle, what can I say about that? I’ll leave that to you.

I had a brief feedback session with Wouter after my climb. It was good to talk about it and listen to his point of view. I enjoyed climbing though! To be here for a whole week was great. Walking among the best climbers gives such positive energy. The semis and finals were great. The tickets were all sold out which means there were about 6000 spectators to see the best climbers in the world in action!

Below you can see a few photos from the whole event.

I didn’t stay at the arena all the time though, but also went sightseeing with my team. We went to Blocbuster for a few hours and had dinner together.

The other days I have visited Bastille, Les Arches, Arc de Triomphe, Pompidou, Notre Dame and many more venues.

This morning 07.30 I found myself at Schiphol Airport. I had plenty of time to check in my luggage. Nowadays this whole procedure is automated. Quickly I put my kiwis in my suitcase before they’ll be taken away by security officers. At the check in there are no more cassiers anymore, but big machines which are ready to take your suitcase. You have to insert your suitcase, it will be weighted and then you can tag your own case. That’s it. Easy peasy.

Luckily I passed the security. They couldn’t take anything away from me. Besides that, I was lucky enough to walk through the metal gates without being checked thoroughly by the security officers.

I was walking around Schiphol for half an hour and relaxed at these nice comfy chairs with a view on the airplanes. An hour later Elko, Nikki and Ulf joined me at the computer corner, where I was enjoying free wifi.

I worked on some photos before I step on the airplane. On my way to Torino!

Update 11:30
I arrived in one piece at Turin airport where I was heading directly towards Hertz to pickup a rental car. My luggage seems complete although it looks really compact compared to the rest. I checked in 10 kg, that’s should be enough I suppose.

One hour later I was sitting behind the steering wheel, navigated by Ulf who was relaxing on the passengers seat. Nikki and Elko are sitting in the back. On my way to France!

Update 13:30
We arrived at Briançon. Everything looks so colourful here. The mountains are nice as well. Our accommodation was easy to find. Fortunately I was well prepared. I printed my bookings when I was at home. The planning for this evening is to join the technical meeting, check the action wall and dine together.

The technical meeting was nice. The teams were announced and there is one change for tomorrow. The women will start at 14.00 h instead of 15.00 h. Ulf got the start list and from all men I have the honor to start 1st in route 1. So be prepared, tomorrow I’ll be at the isolation area at 07.00 AM to prepare myself for the routes and I’ll start climbing at precisely 08.30h. Check the live stream!

My teamshirt is ready.

I’m going to sleep now cause my alarm will wake me in 7 hours again. See you tomorrow. Bonnuit!

This morning I set my alarm at 6 o’clock but I couldn’t get up on time. I suppose to leave at 6.30h, so I would’ve some spare time for my trip to Schiphol airport, but unfortunately I slept late. I left at 7 o’clock and arrived one hour later at Schiphol.

Fortunately I didn’t have any delay. At the airport I ran into team member Nikki, she was there on time. Team member Elko arrived soon and we’re complete. Checking in went well. This dude at the metal detector checked up on me. I had to open up my bags, but there was nothing dangerous inside my bag. He was just checking out my gadgets, I think he’s jealous at my camera!

The flight to Zurich was nice. I received swiss chocolate during the flight.

It was so delicious, I craved for more. I managed to score some more chocolates with my pure awesomeness at the end of the flight.

We could spend 1 hour at the airport. While Nikki and Elko were busy with their notebooks, I explored the airport. It was quite fun because I could try some fine chocolate sweets. I enjoyed it a lot.

So if you ever have time left at Zurich airport, I suggest you to walk around and you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about.

At Zurich, Mathilde and her mom from Sweden joined us. They booked the same flight to Lyon.

When we arrived at Lyon, it was up to fix a rental car.

I booked a small car before, however it was meant for 3 persons. We were with the 5 of us and luckily they had a bigger car available on their parking lot.

We fit well in the car, including our luggage. It took us 2 hours to get to Valence. We managed to get on time at the climbing gym for the registration without navigation.

First we parked our car in the same street of the hotel and checked in. It’s a ** hotel and it’s about 15 minutes by foot to the climbing gym.

To be honest, I’ve seen better hotels in my life. Anyway, I’ll just stay here for a few days!

Next we went downtown to grab a bite. It was already 6.30 P.M. Most of the restaurants open from 7 P.M. We had to hurry because we wanted to be on time for the technical meeting from 7.30 P.M. We ended up in an average restaurant where we got served pretty fast. I ordered entrecote nature avec pomme et salad. Too bad I didn’t have ketchup with my fries. The meat was nice though.

I was too hungry so it was okay I suppose. Nikki picked lasagna and Elko had pizza.

We were on time at the technical meeting. There’s nothing special according the officials.

Nikki will start 7th in her first route and 23rd in her second route. Elko will start 6th in his first route and 28th in his second route. I’ll start 38th in my first route and 16th in my second route.

The programme remains the same. After this meeting we had some desserts to end our long journey. We visited this restaurant near our hotel.

It was super delicious. We’ll definitely return to his restaurant for a meal. After our dessert we went back to our hotel.

That’s it for now. I’m tired and I’m going to sleep because I have to wake up early. Goodnight to everyone and greetings from Valence, France!

Only 3 days to go, yeah! While time is ticking away, I promised to post more information about the Worldcup in Valence.

I haven’t been here before though, but I looked into this competition on the web. It’s always nice to know what you’re up against when you’re in another country.

Firstly, as we speak there are 75 77 competitors who signed up for this competition, among them are Nikki van Bergen, Elko Schellingerhout and me. We’ll leave Thursday morning by airplane from Amsterdam towards Lyon, France. Hopefully we won’t be delayed, or even worse, miss our flight.

Secondly, this is the fifth time the rock climbing Worldcup will be held in Valence. The competition will be organised by climbing club Mineral Spirit and the lead part will take place indoors. The wall is 14 meter high, has a width of 21 meters with more than 10 meter overhang! Here are some photos of the wall. In my previous post I inserted a map but below you’ll see a map with the exact location of the climbing venue.

Map: Walking distance from hotel to the climbing gym

As you can see on the map, our hotel Inter-Hotel De Paris Et Des Voyageurs is just around the corner. Thanks for booking Vera!

Thirdly, I found more information about the provisional programme. Overview:

Friday October 28th, men and women lead qualification will take place between 09.00h and 15.30h.
Saturday October 29th, semis will start at 12.30h and in the evening you can check the finals starting at 20.00h live on webcam!

Follow the Dutch climbing lead Team live or on Facebook.

To cut my post short, here is a teaser I spotted on the web. Have fun!

Video: Escalade – Teaser Coupe du Monde Valence – FFME

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