Climbing Zimbabwe: Chimanimani National Park

Written & Photographed by Alex Kahn

Boulders of every shape stand before me, some the size of a coin, others bigger than a house. If an all-powerful being and Michelangelo joined forces to create an outdoor marble playground, it would look like Chimanimani National Park. White boulders with black and grey patterns appear blank and daunting, deterring those who are impatient. For those who persist, a variety of climbing holds slowly emerge from within the depths, creating mountains and valleys of endless possibility.

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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.

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