Col de Bavella

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  • Day14

    Leo's pretend project

    May 31, 2018 in France ⋅ 🌙 17 °C

    We like to talk about having a project climb. Basically a climb that's one level above what you think you can climb and will take numerous attempts to complete. When we arrived in Bavella to climb we were 5b climbers (according to the French system). 5b is one of many climbing grades given to each route so you know whether you have a fighting chance to climb a route.

    While flipping through the guidebook in camp Leo saw a picture of a beautiful looking 5c route. "This should be our project". Mareike agreed that the route looked amazing and it was set, we had a project. This meant we would spend some time attempting the route, trying to reach the top figuring out the moves.

    The climb was a beautiful dihedral that had a couple slices running up the gut creating flakes to use as hands or foot jams. When we looked at the bottom of the climb the start was a great bouldery start (gymnastic type moves to get up). From there it was up a face and then you gain the final crack.

    As far as a project goes, well we both completed the climb first try. The start was a blast to figure out and took a series of about 5 moves to gain maybe a meter. Then after the first face, there was a large block to climb around/on top of using some holds underneath the block. At the top of the final crack we both agreed that after the last piece of protection you had to commit and make the final moves to the anchor.

    We've never felt so excited to finish a climb before. Both of us let out yells of excitement upon reaching the top. It might not have been a project, but we both agreed it was the funnest climb of the trip yet.
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  • Day14

    Being the best climbers in Bavella ;)

    May 31, 2018 in France ⋅ 🌙 17 °C

    The three most important rules of mountaineering are...
    1. You don't have to make it to the top, but safely back down (so you can climb some more tomorrow).
    2. Every step is an important one.
    3. The best climber is the one having the most fun!

    Four days of climbing in Bavella made it easy to be "the best" climbers. We had such a fun time here in a most scenic setting! Often you could hear us singing made-up songs early in the mornings as we warm up our bodies and minds and hike up about 20 minutes from the road. Bavella's granite rock is quite grippy, which is helping us trust our feet and use smaller and smaller hand holds for balance. We're also graduating from slab climbs to more vertical climbs and consciously choose the routes that challenge us mentally and in technique for vertical face climbing.

    The area is huge and dotted with hundreds of climbs, so we follow our guidebook's advice and keep moving from crag to crag throughout the day. The first two days were mixed weather and we keep having to pack all our things and take breaks while we wait for the rock to dry again. The next 2 days are perfect weather - hazy sun with a cool breeze. Happy Liebstes!

    Meeting other climbers at our campsite and in the mountains usually makes us realize how much we have to learn yet and that we're still such beginners :) But even in just the four days here, plenty of the climbs we choose are pushing us to a new level of confidence on the rock. Leo's strengths are definitely in the climbs with large features that require a lot of technical moves - the climbs that Mareike thinks always look the most fun. My strength is more in the tiny features and balanced face climbs - the ones Leo usually thinks are terrifying . But we learn on every climb, mostly about each other, ourselves and how we can get stronger mentally to climb the funnest routes. One climb here was so fun, it deserves its own story (to follow).

    Tomorrow we're moving west to do a few climbs by the coast and then slowly move back North again. Bavella definitely offered the funnest outdoor climbing we've ever done!
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  • Day6

    Bocca Di Bavedda

    October 3, 2017 in France ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Die Aiguilles de Bavella (dt.: Bavella-Nadeln) sind ein Gebirgszug auf Korsika im Département Corse-du-Sud. Die sehr markanten Granit-Türme erreichen eine Höhe von bis zu 1855 m 

    eine sehr schöne Passstraße führt uns auf 1218 m

    unsere Tour endete in der Hafenstadt Porto Vecchio nach 153 km

  • Day6

    Ausflug Nationalpark Colde de Babella

    October 31, 2018 in France ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    Nach der ausgiebigen Nachtruhe haben wir uns in zwei Gruppen gesplittet. Die erste Gruppe ist um 7:30 Uhr zur Mehrseillänge aufgebrochen während wir noch gemütlich gefrühstückt haben. Gegen 9:30 Uhr sind wir an unserer Wand gewesen. Zwei Routen wurden im trockenem ausgelegt und ich hatte das Glück eine Route nach zusteigen. Jedoch fing es an zu regnen. Der Regen ließ nicht nach und so traten wir den Rückweg an. Am Parkplatz angekommen kehrten wir durchnässt auf einen Kakao ein. Der Regen wurde trotzdem nicht besser und so entschlossen wir uns das schöne Gebiet im wandern zu erschließen. Auch das brachen wir wegen des starken Regens ab und kehrten durchnässt zum Auto zurück. Im Haus angekommen genossen wir das Kino, Sauna und die anderen Annehmlichkeiten des Hauses. Zum Abendessen kehrten wir in ein korsisches Restaurant ein. Nach dem Rückweg war für uns die Nachtruhe um 23.00 Uhr.Read more

  • Day7

    Ausflug nach Colde Babella

    November 1, 2018 in France ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    Nach dem Frühstück um 8.00 Uhr brachen wir an unsere Kletterwand vom Vortag auf. Das Wetter war sensationell. Sonne satt. Ich habe bis 15.00 Uhr 9 Routen geklettert. Fünf Routen konnte ich im Vorstieg und 4 Routen im Nachstieg erklimmen. Gegen 16:30 Uhr kehrten wir zum Auto zurück und fuhren ins Haus zurück. Nach dem obligatorischen Saunagang gab es von Matthias selbstgekochtes Chili Concarne. Nach einem erholsamen Abendprogramm (Kino, Billiard etc.) gingen wir um 23.00 Uhr ins Bett.Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Col de Bavella, Bocca di Bavedda

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