Nina Caprez celebrates 10 years of Verdon climbing free Mingus and more

The strong Swiss on new and old classic routes

21 May 2019
Return to Verdon for the Swiss Nina Caprez, who has been visiting the most beautiful rock in the world for 10 years and has been so recently. The beautiful Nina is in fact reduced in the umpteenth trip to France where she has climbed some classic routes and new routes and also re-bolted a must in the area.

“This place has something very true to me; it somehow brings together certain types of people. Some are climbers, some are goat farmers, some are gypsies and some are just tourists visiting “la route des crêtes”.

Seeing those walls all over brings up much indecision and often you don’t know with which route to start! As I’ve been climbing regularly in the gorge over the last 10 years, I am finally slowly getting the feeling for choosing the right wall at the right moment.

Together with my friend Ann Raber from California, we climbed two new routes of Graou on that wall. The first is called “je vous salue Barri” (5 pitches up to 7c, dihedral and jamming style), situated to the very left of the wall. And the other one called “Panetonne je ris” (7c+, 8a+, 7a+) is an outstanding tufa line 200m to the right of Tom et je ris."

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