Baffin expedition dispatch #6

Posted September 21, 2014  /   News - Big Walls  /  0 Comments

How could we describe the feeling of taking our first shower in over two months? Mmmm…Well yes … We have just hit civilization in Greenland. These last 3 weeks has been very exciting in many ways! Adventurous climbing, a close polar bear encounter ( without anything to defend ourselves) and a very scary crossing back …

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Baffin expedition dispatch #5

Posted September 6, 2014  /   News - Big Walls  /  0 Comments

3 weeks have passed now since we arrived in Baffin Island. Our first encounter with the local population already happened miles away from the coast we met 8 polar bears drifting on chunks of pack ice. It was quite a surprise running into them while weaving through dismantling pack ice in thick mist. After a …

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Baffin expedition dispatch #4

Posted August 1, 2014  /   News - Big Walls  /  0 Comments

Hello Everyone, Greetings again from Greenland! It’s raining but we aren’t sleeping in today! The Ice chart we received yesterday showed a very positive evolution in the ice melting over on Baffin island so we are very excited. Now it’s time for us to get ready to cross Baffin bay. We have just refilled in …

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Baffin expedition dispatch #3

Posted July 23, 2014  /   News - Big Walls  /  0 Comments

Hello to all, Greetings from Greenland! We are sheltered in a nice little bay behind Umanak island. For the past three days the wind has been blowing,  making up for some nice sailing adventures.  A few days ago, our peaceful anchorage by some steep walls became more like a washing machine,  throwing the boat in …

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Baffin expedition dispatch #2

Posted July 14, 2014  /   News - Big Walls  /  0 Comments

Hello everyone, A week has passed since we left Aasiaat! We have had good moments so far but also harder ones. Yes indeed we missed the soccer world cup final and the ice hasn’t melted enough for us to cross to Baffin Island side! Our captain is becoming very impatient and we are afraid that …

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Baffin expedition dispatch #1

Posted July 6, 2014  /   News - Big Walls  /  0 Comments

6 July Yeahhh!!! We are off again to an exciting adventure! We have just landed to Aasiaat in Greenland and are currently busy loading Dodo’s delight, our 10 m fiber glass sailboat which will consist off our musical studio for the next 2 to 3 months.  Reverend captain Bob Shepton is very excited to have …

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Free on Kyzyl Asker, China.

Posted November 12, 2013  /   News - Big Walls  /  0 Comments

A few weeks ago Sean Villanueva, Stephane Hanssens, Evrard Wendenbaum and I came back from our “Chinajam” expedition in the western Kokshal-tau mountain, China. It was again a very powerful experience and also very different from any other expeditions we have done before. It was a lot more alpine than what we were excepting. There …

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Posted August 26, 2013  /   News - Big Walls  /  0 Comments

Hello guys! I hope summer went well for all of you. Here finally the adventure is about to start! I have just landed in China with Sean Villanueva and Stephane Hanssens. It was a very painful and frustrating decision when in early july we canceled our initial plan due to the terrorist attack in Pakistan. …

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Two new free routes on Amuri Tepui, Venezuela

Posted April 15, 2012  /   News - Big Walls  /  0 Comments

Sean Villanueva, Stephane Hanssens, Jean-Louis Wertz and I just came back to civilization after 38 days in the jungle. We had a really good adventure, very different from all the other expeditions we have done in the past. The weather, the rock, the jungle, the indigenes, the animals and this incredible wall of the Tuyuren …

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Vertical sailing Greenland DVD available now!

Posted November 24, 2011  /   News - Big Walls  /  0 Comments

Finally we found some time within our very busy climbing schedule to finalize the Vertical Sailing Greenland Dvd. I hope you’ll enjoy it! Sorry for the delay;) Four climber-musicians and 75 year-old Reverend Capitain Bob set salon the west coast of Greenland on a search for unclimbed walls. ” Do not return without the summit!” …

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Onsight free ascent of the East face of Fitz Roy!

Posted February 1, 2011  /   News - Big Walls  /  0 Comments

In a 36-hour roundtrip push from base camp on February 19–20, 2011, Sean Villanueva and I made an onsight free ascent of the east face of Fitz Roy. We mostly followed El Corazon, but to avoid some wet rock we started with the closest good-looking dry line, which was the Ferrari Route. We followed it …

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Sea, rock and madness in Greenland!

Posted August 22, 2010  /   News - Big Walls  /  0 Comments

UPDATE : VIDEO EPISODEs & MOVIE! We are slowly adjusting back to the normal life after 3 months of madness in Greenland… This was definitely one of our wildest adventures so far. The combination of sailing and climbing was perfect except for a few meals wasted overboard! But the good thing is that it kept …

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Amazing free climbing in Baffin island!

Posted August 1, 2009  /   News - Big Walls  /  0 Comments

Sean Villanueva, Stephane Hanssens , Olivier Favresse and I have just come back from a expedition to Baffin Island. We had an awesome trip! Free climbing on Baffin is amazing and the potential for free climbing and first ascents seems endless. Update : “Asgard Jamming” Trailer & buy full movie Our main target was to …

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First ascents of huge walls sent free in Charakusa valley, Pakistan

Posted August 28, 2007  /   News - Big Walls  /  0 Comments

During a 2-month trip to Pakistan, we (three Belgian climbers, Sean Villanueva, Nicolas Favresse and his brother Olivier Favresse, member of the CAB-RCT (rock climbing team) and strong Polish climber, Adam Pustelnik, put up two new huge free climbs in Charakusa Valley, Pakistan. The idea to go there emerged when we read about Charakusa’s huge …

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New free route on El capitain – “Lost in Transletion” 10 pitches about 400 meters 5.12b/c (7b+) R.

Posted September 29, 2006  /   News - Big Walls  /  0 Comments

On August 30th and September 1st, in a 27-hour push, Ivo Ninov and Nicolas Favresse opened a new free route on El Capitan, Yosemite. After years of searching by climbers for free climbing on El Capitan, what were the odds of them finding a moderate free climb up on the big stone? Ivo : “Seven …

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Repeat of “Riders in the storm” (36 pitches 7c – A3 – 1200m – grade VII)

Posted April 1, 2006  /   News - Big Walls  /  0 Comments

Sean Villaneuva, Michael Lecomte, Oliver and Nicolas Favresse, have just repeated the exceptional route “Riders in the storm” (36 pitches 7c – A3 – 1200m – grade VII). TOPO & LOCATION This amazing route is located in the “Torres del Paine”, Patagonia, Chile. It was opened in 1991 by Kurt Albert, Wolfgang Gullich, Bernd Arnold, …

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First ascent of l’Appât (12 pitches – 8a – 450m – grade VI)

Posted September 29, 2005  /   News - Big Walls  /  0 Comments

Belgian Nicolas Favresse has free-climbed a major new route in Yosemite Valley without adding any new fixed protection. Nicolas, 25, worked for a month on L’Appât (VI 5.13a), the first free route up a big wall about 200 feet right of Yosemite Falls. (L’Appât means the “bait” or “lure” in French.) Nicolas climbed the route …

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Yosemite – “Free Rider” (36 pitches – 5-12d (7c) – 1000 m – grade VI)

Posted October 29, 2004  /   News - Big Walls  /  0 Comments

After three weeks of learning how to trad climb, Nicolas and his friend Sean Villanueva managed to free “Free Rider” (5-12d – 1000 meters) in a five-day single push as their first Big wall. “{{How did you get the idea to try Free Rider?}}” “I have always been interested in discovering other ways of climbing, …

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