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Ben Moon climbing at Buoux, 30 years after Agincourt

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British rock climber Ben Moon returns to Buoux 30 years after establishing Agincourt, the first 8c in France.

Three decades after having established Agincourt, the first 8c sports climb in France, Britain’s Ben Moon returns to Buoux to test himself on some of the crag’s cult classics - such as La Rose et le Vampire by Antoine le Menestrel - and recall what it was like during that pioneering period in the 1980’s when sport climbing was just being developed.

Moon also revisits one of his absolute masterpieces, those vicious pockets up the blank wall that in January 1989 gave rise to Agincourt. Repeated recently by Sébastien Bouin, despite its historical importance this line is possibly France's least repeated 8c.




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