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Caroline Ciavaldini making the first female ascent of the Voie Petit on Grand Capucin, July 2016
Photo by archivio Caroline Ciavaldini
La Voie Petit, Grand Capucin, Mont Blanc, first ascended in 1997 by Arnaud Petit, Stéphanie Bodet, Pascal Gaudin and Jean-Paul Petit and freed on 27/07/2005 by Alexander Huber
Photo by archive Huber

Shifting Dreams: Caroline Ciavaldini climbing Voie Petit, Grand Capucin


The documentary tracing the efforts of French climber Caroline Ciavaldini to make the first female free ascent of Voie Petit (8b, 450m), the difficult multi-pitch climb up Grand Capucin in the Mont Blanc massif.

It goes without saying that if you come from Réunion Island in the Indian Ocean, climbing a route at altitude, i.e. above 3000m in the Mont Blanc massif, if obviously an ambitious project. But in 2015 it is exactly this that Caroline Ciavaldini decided to do. After bidding farewell to the competition circuit, the French climber has amassed an impressive vertical curriculum, first on sports climbs and then on trad routes together with her husband James Pearson. All this led to the first female free ascent of the La Voie Petit, established in 1997 by Arnaud Petit and Stéphanie Bodet together with Pascal Gaudin and Jean-Paul Petit and freed in 2005 by Germany’s Alexander Huber with difficulties up to 8b.

09/07/2016 - Caroline Ciavaldini repeats Voie Petit on Grand Capucin, Mont Blanc
05/08/2005 - Alexander Huber frees Voie Petit on Grand Capucin





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