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99-year-old Swiss alpinist Marcel Remy climbing at Villeneuve in Switzerland.
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Georges Payot with Marcel Remy
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Marcel Remy celebrates his 99th birthday at the climbing wall in Villeneuve
Photo by Claude Remy
The cake to celebrate the 99th birthday of Marcel Remy
Photo by Claude Remy

Marcel Rémy still climbing strong aged 99

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At the age of 99, Swiss alpinist Marcel Rémy continues to climb and have fun.

Swiss alpinist Marcel Remy, born on 6 February 1923 in Gruyère, celebrated his 99th birthday in style the other day at the local climbing wall in Villeneuve. After his warm-up routine, the father of the famous mountaineers Yves and Claude Remy climbed a 16 meter 4c. As usual, he led the route.

Georges Payot, a mountain guide who travelled specially from Chamonix for the party, handed Rémy a delicious cake. François Nicole, another Swiss climbing legend who came to the wall with his family, explained: "Marcel inspires us so much that he recharges our "batteries e very time we see him..."

In 2017 Remy, then aged 94, climbed the west face of Miroir d’Argentine, a 450-meter route with an arduous approach and long descent. When he was 96 he attempted to lead a 6a multi-pitch. And now, almost 100 years old, Rémy continues to climb and have fun.

"With the good fortune that I have, I need to train regularly in order to keep my body and mind fit. Luckily there’s an indoor climbing gym that allows me to train in excellent conditions. A heartfelt thanks to everyone, to those present, to the entire climbing wall team, and all those who continue to encourage me." Incroyable.

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