Last Sunday I was climbing in Ettringen.
I had loads of fun, climbed my first 5.12a trad onsight and felt just good.
But, then I got a phonecall...bad news, sad news...
Chloé Graftiaux died last Saturday.
Chloé was one of the most versatile climbers, one of the best even.
She became third on the Worldcup Boulder, won iceclimbing competitions, climbed 8b+, climbed the most difficult things in the Alps, Yosimite and more...
Chloé was descending from the l'Aiguille noire de Peuterey (Mont Blanc massif) when she got dragged by a falling rock. She fell 600m.
She was a very inspiring young girl, friendly, fun, enthusiastic, super strong and a bit crazy sometimes (like on the Saas Fee iceclimbing afterparty).
(Pictures: website Chloé and Hans van der Steen)