Céüse: Limestone & Gumption in France

Brieuc Deléage captures Maelys Agrapart as she is climbing  "Les Colonnettes" 5.13a in Ceuse, France
Brieuc Deléage captures Maelys Agrapart as she is climbing “Les Colonnettes” 5.13a in Ceuse, France

Ceuse in the Haute-Alps section of the country is the home of some of France’s most famous crags. Sitting over 5,000 ft above sea level and at the foot of the Alps, Ceuse houses some of Europe’s hardest sport climbing routes.

 The Sector Biographie wall in Ceuse contains routes ranging from 5.11 to 5.15a making this pocketed limestone rock one of the hardest crags in the world. Members of the french climbing team come here to practice their gumption on this beautiful and intimidating rock in preparation for their upcoming competitions. 

Brieuc Deléage captures Maelys Agrapart as she chalks up climbing  "Les Colonnettes" 5.13a in Ceuse, France
Brieuc Deléage captures Maelys Agrapart as she chalks up climbing “Les Colonnettes” 5.13a in Ceuse, France

One of those being Maelys Agrapart, 19, of Angers, France has been climbing since she was 7 years old. This year she took 3rd place in the French climbing championship and qualified for the European Cup. This dynamite climber trains with her team mate Nathan traveling to Ceuse to climb on the route “Les Colonnettes” 5.13a on the Sector Biographie wall.

Brieuc Deléage captures Nathan Clair shaking it out while climbing  "Les Colonnettes" 5.13a in Ceuse, France
Brieuc Deléage captures Nathan Clair shaking it out while climbing “Les Colonnettes” 5.13a in Ceuse, France

Nathan Clair, 19  from Bourg st Maurine, France has been climbing since he was 11 years old. he also joins his team mate Maelys placing 2nd in the french climbing championship. Nathan also took 4th in the European Cup and qualified for the World Championship.  

Brieuc Deléage captures Nathan Clair climbing his way up  "Les Colonnettes" 5.13a in Ceuse, France
Brieuc Deléage captures Nathan Clair climbing his way up “Les Colonnettes” 5.13a in Ceuse, France

Nathan switches off climbs while training with Maelys. Brieuc Deleage travels with them catching this shot of Nathan as he navigates the tufas climbing up the 100 ft face of the “Les Colonnettes” route.

Brieuc Deleage took and sent in these incredible shots of Maelys and Nathan. Make sure to check out more of Brieuc’s incredible work on his Instagram or Facebook!

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