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Solènne Piret climbing Onde de Choc 7B at Fontainebleau.
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Solenne Piret inspirational on Onde de Choc at Fontainebleau

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On Saturday 9 January 2021 French paraclimber Solenne Piret made a remarkable ascent of Onde de Choc, a 7B boulder problem at Fontainebleau.

There is something profoundly inspiring about watching Solenne Piret send Onde du Choc, the classic 7B boulder problem at Fontainebleau in France. Despite being born without her right forearm, the Frenchwoman started climbing at an early age but then stopped for about a decade before taking up the sport again in 2017.

She progressed astoundingly quickly and was crowned Paraclimbing World Champion for her AU2 category in both 2018 and 2019, while last September she climbed her first 7B, La Faim du Tigre at Fontainebleau. Due to the nature of the slopey holds though Onde du Choc now takes Piret’s outdoor climbing to a different level and demonstrates once again how important dedication and determination are in reaching a specific goal, regardless of what this happens to be.

"Rock climbing gives me a lot on a daily basis and I think the most important thing is the acceptance of my body. In climbing we cannot cheat, we cannot hide. There is no judgment, the holds and the rock do not judge" explained Piret, adding "Climbing has also taught me the importance of believing in your dreams, of not giving up at the first difficulties you encounter." Chapeau.

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