Ten Years of Partying (and some climbing!)
When Petzl put together their first Roc Trip I doubt they would know where it was going! The format may have changed a little, but the underlying principles remain intact; climbers like to climb, travel, meet people and party!
The Party has just got better and better. Mexico was wild, China immense, and this year, teaming up with The Natural Games again, the party was actually a festival! There must have been 15000 people there, three nights of awesome music, films and boulder competitions. No sleep was ever had till after 4am!
But it was on the crags in the morning, no lie-ins! Tarn, Jonte, Boffie. Hot, but who cares when the scenery is this good. Millau is as good as it gets. This year the climbers got to just climb, no ultimate route, no pressure. I like it!
Best route. Museli Monster, an awesome 8a, onsighted with a fluffy head and battling with sweat. Brilliant. Not had a good fight in a while.
So that’s 10 years. I missed the very first one in 2002, also in Millau, but was there for the 2002 Gunks trip a few months later, and since then I’ve been to pretty much all of them. So that’s Gunks (US), Millau (France), Cantobre (France), Peaks (UK), Squarmish (Canada), Kalymnos (Greece), Redriver (US), Zillertal (Switzerland), Mexico, China…. What a journey! Being part of this right at the start has been one of the biggest privileges of my life. I lucked out big time! BIG thanks to Petzl!
And it just gets better………..
Contributed by: Steve McClure