Antoine Le Menestrel


Quick Info

Nationality: FR
Hardest Sport (Worked): 8b+
Hardest Sport (Onsight): 8a
Notable Partnerships
Marc le Menestrel

Features in Statement of Youth.

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

Quick Info

Nationality: FR
Hardest Sport (Worked): 8b+
Hardest Sport (Onsight): 8a
Notable Partnerships
Marc le Menestrel

Pics + Vids

Added at 20:02 on 28 February 2021
Added at 09:02 on 07 February 2021
La Rose et le Vampire (8b, FA)
Added at 08:02 on 27 February 2021
Revelations (Pre-1999) (8a+)
Added at 09:02 on 07 February 2021
Revelations (Pre-1999) (8a+)
Added at 21:05 on 24 May 2021

Ascents

5 recorded ascents.

Year Climb Grade FA Ascent Date
1985 La Rose et le Vampire 8b (Lead) 01 Jan 1985 (approx)

This wonderful line is a vampire. Her holds cut through my fingers, they skin them raw and I lose my fingerprints, my identity! Her holds, I grab them like a stem covered in thorns in order to climb up to the calyx of the flower, my sweat waters it. This line has taken me over and it’s all I can think of, all I want is her. I have been vampirised. This line is thirsty for my blood to feed her own beauty, I live solely for her.

This cross-through opens my face to the world. Thanks to it, I offer you a rose. With you who are watching me, I create an emotional team, I become an artist. [1]

[1] https://fanatic-climbing.com/il-etait-une-voie-once-upon-a-line-la-rose-et-le-vampire/

[2] https://www.facebook.com/climbing.in.the.80s/photos/a.270388289694020/1661583483907820

Revelations (Pre-1999) 8a+ (Solo) 08 Aug 1985

An astonishing ascent of one of the hardest routes in the UK at the time.

Around 4 o'clock, an impulse tells me that now's the time, everything is there, near. I am at the foot of the route, my head is empty, my body filled with concentration. JB [Jibe Tribout] leaves me for the first boulder and will take pictures. The moves are linked in perfection; no hesitation, no unnecessary movement, no tension, just total concentration all the way to the top. I climbed into a state of grace as I had never before climbed. A small sling around the waist allows me to descend into the arms of JB. Once again, our friendship is deepened. I'm not aware of anything except that I am happy. [1]

[1] https://www.ukclimbing.com/articles/features/antoine_le_menestrels_diary_soloing_revelations-12001

The ascent was recreated by Ned Feehally in Statement of Youth.

1986 La Rage de Vivre 8b+ (Lead) 01 Jan 1986 (approx)
1987 Samizdat 8a (Lead Onsight) 01 Jan 1987 (approx)

The first ever 8a to be onsighted.

Le Spectre du Sur-Mutant 8b+ (Lead) 01 Jan 1987 (approx)
Climb Grade FA Ascent Date Suggested Grade
La Rage de Vivre 8b+ (Lead) 01 Jan 1986 (approx)
Le Spectre du Sur-Mutant 8b+ (Lead) 01 Jan 1987 (approx)
La Rose et le Vampire 8b (Lead) 01 Jan 1985 (approx)

This wonderful line is a vampire. Her holds cut through my fingers, they skin them raw and I lose my fingerprints, my identity! Her holds, I grab them like a stem covered in thorns in order to climb up to the calyx of the flower, my sweat waters it. This line has taken me over and it’s all I can think of, all I want is her. I have been vampirised. This line is thirsty for my blood to feed her own beauty, I live solely for her.

This cross-through opens my face to the world. Thanks to it, I offer you a rose. With you who are watching me, I create an emotional team, I become an artist. [1]

[1] https://fanatic-climbing.com/il-etait-une-voie-once-upon-a-line-la-rose-et-le-vampire/

[2] https://www.facebook.com/climbing.in.the.80s/photos/a.270388289694020/1661583483907820

Revelations (Pre-1999) 8a+ (Solo) 08 Aug 1985

An astonishing ascent of one of the hardest routes in the UK at the time.

Around 4 o'clock, an impulse tells me that now's the time, everything is there, near. I am at the foot of the route, my head is empty, my body filled with concentration. JB [Jibe Tribout] leaves me for the first boulder and will take pictures. The moves are linked in perfection; no hesitation, no unnecessary movement, no tension, just total concentration all the way to the top. I climbed into a state of grace as I had never before climbed. A small sling around the waist allows me to descend into the arms of JB. Once again, our friendship is deepened. I'm not aware of anything except that I am happy. [1]

[1] https://www.ukclimbing.com/articles/features/antoine_le_menestrels_diary_soloing_revelations-12001

The ascent was recreated by Ned Feehally in Statement of Youth.

Samizdat 8a (Lead Onsight) 01 Jan 1987 (approx)

The first ever 8a to be onsighted.

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