Chamoniards’ Day Off

Just another post about your everyday Chamonix locals doing extraordinary things. First up it’s a bit of wingsuit action from Jean Noel and his bros. As if it wasn’t enough when these guys were skimming walls, now they’re all about skimming the ground.

When will the madness end? Not til we see ’em land I reckon.

Timrazine Canyon aka Canyon Apache

Next up is the delightful Abigail Pickett and her friends Andrea Cattarossi, Daniele Geremia, Silvano Gosso, Marco Zaffiri and Francesco Fazzi who put up a new climbing route in Morocco’s Timrazine Canyon (aka Canyon Apache) over the summer. The route is called Capitan Tajin (7c+, 7a obl) and in a report in the American Alpine Journal, Francesco Fazzi reports, “The fifth pitch is the crux, though pitch six is 7b, and four and seven are 7a+ and 7a respectively. No pitch is easier than 6a+.” The team equipped the 8-pitch route from the ground up. Following are a few of Abi’s thoughts and photos about the trip…

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Abi Pickett serving up a bit of tajin.

“Taghia is a place where you will leave your phone, computer and worries aside with no effort and instead become overwhelmed by the magic and peacefulness of its surroundings.

I woke up every morning to the sight of these incredible red rock faces and was so eager to climb them , and yet, in the evening,  as the sun went down, it was simply a joy to contemplate the changing colours of the earth that became purple, contrasting with the bright green crops by the river.

.”]In Taghia life is calm, and it really made me realise the futility of certain things that worried me in my “real” life. The locals will spend all day on the roofs of their huts, and they looked at us with a mixture of amusement, incomprehension and slight mockery as we set off with all our gear to go and wear ourselves out all day. I loved every second of my trip to and would go back any time.

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