Sébastien Berthe klettert erfolgreich die 12 Seillängen lange Route „La Voie Petit“ (450m, 8b) am Grand Capucin. Die Alpinroute (450 m, 8b) konnte der Belgier, der zusammen mit seinem Vater unterwegs war, fast Onsight begehen. Er fiel aber am letztem schweren Zug der Schlüsselseillänge.

Die Route hat mit Nina Caprez (im letzten Jahr) und  Caroline Ciavaldini (2016) schon zwei freie Frauenbegehungen.

Die Route wurde von Arnaud Petit und Stéphanie Bodet im Jahr 1997 eröffnet und im Jahr 2005 von Alex Huber befreit. Seitdem holten sich von Caro Ciavaldini über Mich Kemeter bis hin zu Edu Marin nur einige Spitzenkletterer Begehungen.

„I have been thinking about this 13 pitches-attractive-route born in 1997 from @arnaudpetit_climb for few years now, and I feel so happy that I sent it on my first go.  I was quite close from the onsight but slipped in the first 7b pitch and fell at the very last move on the 8b crux pitch… But still, I was pretty satisfied with my climbing as I onsighted all the other pitches including the 8a and the 7c+! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
With Eric Berthe, my father, this was a flash alpitourism passage in the Mont-Blanc massif. As we had a really short good weather window, I could not prepare myself as planned and went directly with my brand new ice axe for the „voie Petit“ even if I had not recovered my skin from Céüse and without any acclimatization. I can tell you, the battle against the altitude, the skin and the cold was epic! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
We started pretty late in the day and had to sleep in the route finishing it 22hours later (having climbed all the pitches on lead) just right before the weather got bad.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Can’t wait for the next multipitch fight.“

Sébastien Berthe konnte sich letztes Jahr eine der seltenen freien Begehungen der legendären „Nose“ am El Capitan im Yosemite holen.