Marc le Menestrel


Quick Info

Nationality: FR
Hardest Boulder (Worked): 8B
Hardest Sport (Worked): 8c+
Notable Partnerships
Antoine Le Menestrel

Features in The Real Thing, Bleau.

https://www.facebook.com/climbing.in.the.80s/photos/a.270388289694020/446421228757391

Quick Info

Nationality: FR
Hardest Boulder (Worked): 8B
Hardest Sport (Worked): 8c+
Notable Partnerships
Antoine Le Menestrel

Pics + Vids

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L'Alchemiste (pre-chipping) (8B, FA)
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L'Alchemiste (pre-chipping) (8B, FA)
Added at 07:02 on 05 February 2021
L'Alchemiste (pre-chipping) (8B, FA)
Added at 09:04 on 19 April 2021

Ascents

8 recorded ascents.

This timeline is missing some ascents where the date of the ascent is unknown. Use the other tabs to view these ascents.
Year Climb Grade FA Ascent Date
1983 Le Bidule 8a+ (Lead) 01 Jan 1983 (approx)
1984 Les Mains Sales 8b (Lead) 01 Jan 1984 (approx)
1985
1986 Le Minimum 8c (Lead) 01 Jan 1986 (approx)
1987
1988
1989
1990
1991
1992
1993
1994 Just Do It 8c+ (Lead) 01 May 1994 (approx)

2nd ascent - see news report from Allez magazine issue 4 http://king-dino.blogspot.com/2011/04/allez-southern-californias-crag-mag.html Pic by Steve Lewis who met him out there and witnessed the ascent. I understand there are further pics in On the Edge mag in 1994 or maybe 1995 https://www.ukclimbing.com/logbook/crags/smith_rock_or_smith_rocks-3025/

1995 The Big R 8b+ (Lead) 01 May 1995 (approx)

Graded 14b initially which would have made it the third of the grade in America at the time.

http://king-dino.blogspot.com/2011/04/allez-southern-californias-crag-mag.html

1996 L'Alchemiste (pre-chipping) 8B (Boulder) 01 Jan 1996 (approx)

One day I was trying with Sébastien Frigault. He makes a good try, where he nearly reaches the right hand hold at the top. It had taken me 3 years to get to that point and for him a few sessions sufficed. I told him I was impressed and he answered "It is normal the old generation must leave place for the new." [Laughing] I got annoyed and did it next try.

Repeated in 1997 for the video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HIreNKro7QU?t=2565

https://www.instagram.com/p/CN1hLG4A_4x/

1997
1998
1999 La Merveille 8A+ (Boulder) 01 Jan 1999 (approx)
Climb Grade FA Ascent Date Suggested Grade
Just Do It 8c+ (Lead) 01 May 1994 (approx)

2nd ascent - see news report from Allez magazine issue 4 http://king-dino.blogspot.com/2011/04/allez-southern-californias-crag-mag.html Pic by Steve Lewis who met him out there and witnessed the ascent. I understand there are further pics in On the Edge mag in 1994 or maybe 1995 https://www.ukclimbing.com/logbook/crags/smith_rock_or_smith_rocks-3025/

Le Minimum 8c (Lead) 01 Jan 1986 (approx)
The Big R 8b+ (Lead) 01 May 1995 (approx) 8c

Graded 14b initially which would have made it the third of the grade in America at the time.

http://king-dino.blogspot.com/2011/04/allez-southern-californias-crag-mag.html

Les Mains Sales 8b (Lead) 01 Jan 1984 (approx)
Le Bidule 8a+ (Lead) 01 Jan 1983 (approx)
Climb Grade FA Ascent Date Suggested Grade
L'Alchemiste (pre-chipping) 8B (Boulder) 01 Jan 1996 (approx)

One day I was trying with Sébastien Frigault. He makes a good try, where he nearly reaches the right hand hold at the top. It had taken me 3 years to get to that point and for him a few sessions sufficed. I told him I was impressed and he answered "It is normal the old generation must leave place for the new." [Laughing] I got annoyed and did it next try.

Repeated in 1997 for the video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HIreNKro7QU?t=2565

https://www.instagram.com/p/CN1hLG4A_4x/

La Merveille 8A+ (Boulder) 01 Jan 1999 (approx)
Brad Pit 7C (Boulder)

Second ascent and the first ascent using a foot on the rail.

Stu Littlefair

I was there to see Marc do Brad Pit. It was pretty incredible. These days a high foot seems obvious but it was so visionary then, and he knew he was going to do it that way from the photos of Jason [Myers] on it. [1]

[1] https://ukbouldering.com/board/index.php/topic,31061.msg626382.html#msg626382

Climb Grade FA Ascent Date Suggested Grade
Climb Grade FA Ascent Date Suggested Grade