samedi 28 février 2015

Lost in Arabia Episode 2

After the last diary about the "Lost in Arabia" expedition with Read MAcadam, Miguel Wills, Dan Bates and I went for an undiscovered place of boulder.
Unfortunately I can't show any picture until we will finish the movie that Miguel filmed. For sure what I can tell you now it is that I had the honor to visit this wild place to crush a lot of first ascents.

After to test couple pieces of boulders in Kubra where I sent a 6b flashed. After, I went to see another one that I saw during the approach. The boulder was front of me like to ask me "Can you climb this one"? For sure on the first view I thought just to climb by couple tries and the history will be done. In fact, it didn't happen like I expected. I got the arrogant motivation to pretend to climb so easy this one but I spent 4 days to make it. My partners of climbing did it so easy because they are tall enough and at this end it is just - obviously- an easy boulder like 6A. On my side, on the fact I have shorter arms to compare than them, the holds looks more like a long reach than it has been.
On my second day, I did not think to link the problem because I couldn't figurate out my betas to reach at least the lip of the boulder. We went for sure to film it but it was already so late that I couldn't see in the dark what I have to do really. I couldn't see the relief where I should stop first to wish to grab the main jug. In plus the movement makes me so stretched that after to push on my right foot to grab properly the main jug. After to have this left one I have on somehow to jump on the second right foot which is located around my hip. Finally I tried for sure more than 15 tries on the second session. My fingers was so bleeding that the situation became so strange for me. How is it possible that I can't manager this movement? One month ago I repeated in one afternoon my first 7a and now I can't do a 6A boulder. After one more try I decided to stop the weird game that I put on myself. In this time I started a wrong process to consider that I am not so strong climber. After our epic journey in the undiscovered place, the desert and others I crushed the "Squirel Quoi" the 18th february. Finally I did it and it made me happy after all bad pressure I put on myself. Sometime you need more time to be aware about the life. The life drives us many time in the happiness but often we are blind and not grateful to her. The force of the belief drives me on the success. Choukran!

On this question It changes probably the story of the exploration in the secret place and to change my mentality about my climbing. After 20 years of this passion, i remind to myself this existential bad feeling that I have to prove something. After 20 years i still know the answer who makes more enthusiastic about what I have done until now. Always a new ascent will makes me more psyched and aware to try harder the next boulder.

With Read Miguel and Dan we drove from Muscat by 5 hours to the undiscovered place. We took the time to enjoy landscapes and to feel in another universe. I never got feelings to feel so empty by my thoughts. I just look around this emptiness who makes me free of what I am living. I just left from France where it is the mess and I am here in this amazing land. Nobody around, just mountains, fragile, unstable roads and we drove. I feel a bit adventurer to found a treasure with tones of boulders round that even if I pray it could never happen. We arrived by night on the base camp that we dressed. Well, in fact we could not go further because it is simply the end. We dressed the base camp and we went slowly to sleep under the wonderful starry sky.
Thankfully, a strong heat in the tante woke me up the next morning. I can't breath. It is too hot! I opened the door of my tante and I saw front of me an hug cliff and I turned my head to check where we are. It was like a giant circus! After the breakfast we saw some kids turning around us during our packing. It was a bit funny on the first. But friendly we came to them and they followed us with crash-pads. The history of the "Lost in Arabia" expedition turned on and we find a LOT!

In this expedition I learned the patience  even sometimes my brain went on the mess.We were at least for 12j days because we had also to bring all gears for food, water and sleeping. Firstly to access there is already a mission by car. After I will call it : the natural selection. Don't count on the bathroom and the shower. After days you can feel...different and to smell your good smell. This spirit makes me happy and just remind me that we are really a small grain in the planet. To wash yourself can wait until you can drink, eat, sleep and to be healthy. On somehow I feel much better on the wild life. Nothing really different than my life in the van, except that we are in the winter and during the day it is sure 30 degres.
Those small details changes also the performance. For this I have a real problem to rest between tries and it changes a lot in the balance of the accomplishment. Then I did remember that I have to be concentrate on my objectifs here in this place. There is so many no-climbed boulders around me that I should not spend my time on one project. It seems more inefficient to be stubborn that tries after tries I went higher or lowers. Sometimes I fell so badly the humidity on sloper that I climbed like a robot just because I want to show that I am able to climb this 6C+ problem. At this end I couldn't have at least one chance to reach the end. What is wrong again with me? So...ME!
Why the game with the climbing makes me tense on my ascents? Every wrong question will get a wrong answer. Thankfully at this end of the trip I was in the peace with myself and I climbed really better and stronger many lines. But unfortunately I couldn't manage to ascent the project : Frustration.

I was pretty sure that this journey will be grateful...and it was. Is it a Thehingaboutlife, isn't it? Just think about what is the thing about life. just think!

One month later, we are in s different world : DUBAI.
What an amazing city? It is so huge of luxury that a blind person could see it. Sincerely, I never smell so much the money that my nose is bleeding. I think it is an experience to visit Dubai. It is better to go by your own and you will get your opinion. One sure thing is that I never expected to come once. Like probably everyone I just saw  some pictures in different promotional clips. I was there by accident after to be "Lost in Arabia".

Thank to Read to invite me and organized everything for the journey.
Thank to Miguel Wills, to have the patience to film climbers
Thank to Dan, Masterchef of Pesto-Pasta
Thank to villagers to accept us in their land, life and culture
Thank to all people who crossed everyday to have smiles, the peace and the friendship.

Philippe RIBIERE

More about Read Macadam



Oman Spot 2 from Info RIBIERE on Vimeo.

mercredi 11 février 2015

PETZL interview during the Road Trip 2014

Here you will found an interesting interview which I was missed up. Oups !

Click on the picture to read it !

mardi 3 février 2015

EPIC TV Born to Be Wild : Episode 4

In 2013 I went with my friend Loic Gaidioz to Prilep in Macedonia to join my slovenia crew. I showed to Loic all the best boulders before that the Petzl caravane came to visit also this amazing area. Just a simple word to tell you : Go for it!!!
Enjoy the video filmed by myself and published by EPICTV
Click on the picture to see the movie

Best regards from Oman

samedi 24 janvier 2015

Lost in Arabia

During the Petzl Road Trip I met Read Macadam and Tara Atkinson who are really awesome couple. Well!
One day we were talking about Oman where Read is living. He told me that there is so much potential for the bouldering that I did not take a time to have a decision and I say right away " Yes I come". 
After november, Read reminds me his proposition. I am so aware about many things that I decided to travel in Oman. Accidentally or not, it comes in the same time where the France country is tin the disorder and in the mess.
Read Macadam in action

Now I will let you know what is my opinion and just mine. I am writing on my name.
I feel an horrible mechanism from the french government who could really do easy in the purpose to make a bad propaganda about religions who are not the christianize. How it is possible that after the terrorism of last week, the Charlie Hebdo makes so much money to sail the journal? How comes widows can talk right away about the death of their husband in the most popular magazine? How come we have so many details about the killing? Everything sounds like the September 11 ? We became really puppets and it is horrible?
I only hope no to write and to think bad and I wish to be the idiot.
What I want to say in this comment is that when I arrived in South Arabia I did not feel any fear. Even more I feel the compassion to them who did not ask the bad vibrations.
It is funny also to think that here as a disabled person, nobody lough about my difference and even no one makes attention to me. People are peace and friendly so much that I can't believe what we are mixing about them and their religion. Because we are just treating them as horrible persons that in fact it is just because some idiots plays at the Playstation for real.
On my name, I suspect the France to make everything to demonize everything doesn't like them : the supreme arrogance. After the war with guns, all states are making the social war which is more horrible and malicious.
Please, human, stop it !!!

So I came the 21st Janurary to stop first in the Dubai's aeroport. Few minutes I really fell the peace around me and even in the border. So friendly and polite people who ask only thing : to be your friend. Then Read came with a friend, Miguel Wills to pick me up and we drove 4 hours to join the Oman city, And between I got my visa in the border. The person in charge of it was so smiling and so happy to see a french guy. I am happy too. 
Without any problem we arrived at 6 am in Read's place. Just 4 hours to sleep we went to Kubra. It is a canyon where there is the rope climbing and also the bouldering which is my favorite activity. 
Flashing 6B

Next day, we are the 24th Janurary and we are back to Kubra spot. What an amazing day in my career of climber? Knowing that I did not sleep well for 2 days (only 4hrs per night) I fell the calm on myself. We starts to film the climbing daily. I warm up slowly and I decided to test myself on one boulder who graded 6B. Without expectations I sit on the crash-pad. Grabbing the old on the sit-start, breathing and let's go for a try. After few secondes I was on the top and I did my first 6B flash.
AMAZING! I can't believe. 

Half hour later I went on the second 6B of the day and I climbed this after 4-5 tries. BOUM!!! I did two 6B during the day. 

I lived the best day of my climbing career. AWESOME!!! 

To be continued....

Oman Spot 1 from Info RIBIERE on Vimeo.

jeudi 22 janvier 2015


Here you can read the most interesting interview I never answered! By Xtreme spots  is a group of people, boys and girls, some of us are young in body, some others young in soul. Our common passion is to practice extreme sports in xtreme spots around the globe.

"My name is Philippe RIBIERE. I was born in Martinique on 12th March 1977 with the Rubinstein-Taby Syndrome and was abandoned in an orphanage." Read the next >>>

dimanche 18 janvier 2015

Rumeurs Vagabondes - V6

In 2008, a friend of mine advised me to try a V6 boulder grade. On the first reaction I thought he made a bad joke but after to check holds and the line I was thinking : why not to try?

One week later after finishing some previous boulders I went to try " Rumeurs Vagabondes" V6. This boulder is located in La Capelle's place not so far the romania small town : Uzes.

I wear my climbing shoes and slowly going to found the beta for my body. As you know if you already some previous posts I don't any force in my forearms. It means the story changes all the boulder.
After couple tries on the hardest movement I was starting slowly to believe I could get a chance and to climb my first V6 or 7a for european grade.

Day after day and week after week, at least, 2 months I visited and I tried a lot this amazing and exhaustive boulder.  and one day I got with a miracle to ascent all the Rumeurs Vagabondes -V6.

It was a big surprising and I could not realize I climb my first 7a which for me could be compared with a 8a for the regular climber. Even if the comparison doesn't work so simply like this but just for your understanding it is faster to explain like this

Well! After 6 years to travel like crazy in all around the world with my @Evolution Tour journey and the Wild One documentary I needed a break to refund myself on the performance.

The 3rd janurary 2015, I went without expectations to re-climb this line. The same process, I tried to remember all the hardest movement and slowly I fell in the shape.
After 3 hours to spend on this boulder, I got again the end.

Finally! I am not a finished climber, not getting old at all and I see news and others perspectives.

To end the topic I propose the movie about this problem that I never get a chance to film before.

Rumeurs Vagabondes V6 from Info RIBIERE on Vimeo.

I say a big thank to my slovenian friends who push me to progress, to believe on me, to be cool.

A big thank to Urh Cehovin to trust me on my training. Hvala lepa!!!