It's even rarer to build with this partner, over the years, a relationship of trust and friendship, where each brings the necessary energy to the team for a perfect symbiosis. The biological definition speaks of an interaction that benefits both elements of the relationship: when rivalry gives way to healthy competition that pushes you to excel, when you know when the other needs support, when the team becomes better than the individual.
In a climbing team, when partnership turns into symbiosis, you know that this team will reach the top of many walls, each one bigger, more beautiful, and tougher than the last. Achieving this kind of relationship in climbing requires work, patience, reflection, and self- examination. Accepting oneself or accepting the other, entirely with our strengths and weaknesses to serve the team, is a real challenge.
From the granite walls of El Capitan to the Fly in Lauterbrunnen, considered one of the toughest big-wall climbs in Europe, to a first ascent on the Petit Clocher du Portalet, we have been building our symbiosis for several years now. One thing is certain: it hasn't always been easy, and as we embark on future projects, there is still much to learn.
That's why we are proud to have once again put our partnership to the test this year in Picos De Europa in Spain, and to have learned from each other once more. Steep walls of magnificent gray and compact limestone emerging from the clouds, run-out pitches, technical and incredible climbing...
What better way to strengthen the bonds of our “friendship high above”?