Julia Chanourdie's quest to the hardest climbing routes
Julia Chanourdie. Route : Ground Zero, 9a, Italy. Photo Jocelyn Chavy







ALPINEMAG, Petzl, fodacim

Running time

30 minutes

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Our Judges say:

Plotting the climbing development of a young woman climber

Simon Taylor

How to become one of the best climbers in the world? Julia Chanourdie was twelve years old when she climbed the 8th degree bar. Today, at the age of 24, she is one of the very few women to have reached 9b, the equivalent of the maximum level in climbing. An accomplished athlete since her teenage years, Julia Chanourdie was introduced to climbing by her father, a passionate climber who has remained her coach. For the past three years, Julia has been climbing incessantly, and has qualified for the Tokyo Olympics. She has become the incredible climber her father never doubted. This is the story of a total passion for minutes stolen from gravity, a singular story between a father and his gifted daughter.

Sustainability Notes

The film and the climbing routes shown in the film are all between France, and Swizterland and Italy (both close to borders). In the making, due to covid, I work with my editor only by phone, as we did the edit during the lockdown : Hugo Clouzeau lives in paris and myself in the alps, so the edit needs no drive or transportation at all ; )