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Valence, France

The Boulders team had an unbelievable final few days in the Ceuse/Orpierre area, including tackling some 7a/7b projects, and some more multi-pitch climbing in a newer "secret" climbing area. Our guides, Regis Leroy and Michel Paccalet, were perfect. The gite was amazing, and the food - well - Kimanda, Phil and Seb worked hard in the kitchen. We are all in Valence, awaiting the start of the World Youth Climbing Championships. First qualifiers for difficulty start tomorrow...

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Kute and Kuddly Koalas!

Sunday morning seemed to come very quickly, and I'm pleased to say that, despite being a bit tired from our epic days of travel and koala-watching, we all seem to be making the slow adjustment to the time difference. Justin says he was tired all day not necessarily because of the time change. He blames it on the 6:30am wake-up call! We've also figured out a way to calculate what time it is at home: add...

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Au Revior Cham, Hello Ceuse We said goodbye to Chamonix yesterday. We ended our time there with two days of sport climbing on excellent granite, including some high quality multi-pitch sport routes. We were even treated to an amazing meal at "Munchies", thanks to Max! The teryaki duck was a definite favourite. As we spent our time in Chamonix either in the mountains or in the mignon hamlet of La Tour, we took an hour or...

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A Day in Paris

We're on board the RER, heading back to Charles de Gaulle to pick-up stored luggage and mini-vans after a whirlwind 20 hours in Paris. Between 11:30am yesterday (when we arrived at our hotel), and this morning, we: walked under the Eiffel Tower and had a picnic lunch in Trocadero Garden  saw the Arc de Triump, Arc de Carrousel, and the (outside of the) Louvre walked across Pont Neuf to Ile de La Cite, and ate shaved ices in the...

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