Didier Berthod

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Quick Info

Nationality: CH
Hardest Trad (Worked): E9

Didier Berthod is a Swiss climber who is known for his crack climbing. Famously, he came very close to making the first ascent of Cobra Crack in Squamish in 2006 before injury stopped him and Sonnie Trotter made the first ascent..

Around the same time he stopped trying Cobra Crack his partner became pregnant. Didier was unable to to imagine a life as a father and he fell back on his Catholic faith, first becoming a Monk with the Eucharistein Fraternity and later being ordained as a priest.

In 2020 he then left the church to pursue 'a more balanced life', including starting climbing again.

He has since reconciled with his child and her mother (Previously his partner), and has started making hard fist ascents again such as The Crack of Destiny in Squamish and then, in 2024, coming full circle and climbing Cobra Crack in 2024.

References

[1] Interview with Tom Randall https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4aSZ19z41Hg

[2] https://english.elpais.com/sports/2022-11-15/didier-berthod-from-rock-climbing-star-to-monk-and-back-again.html

[3] Interview with Niall Grimes, 2023 https://open.spotify.com/episode/32F0fKdpvYNkGup6pRtKMk?

[4] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XjXzfkm6mgk

[5] https://www.grimpactu.com/post/de-la-corde-%C3%A0-la-foi-le-retour-victorieux-de-didier-berthod

Contributors: remus

Quick Info

Nationality: CH
Hardest Trad (Worked): E9

Didier Berthod is a Swiss climber who is known for his crack climbing. Famously, he came very close to making the first ascent of Cobra Crack in Squamish in 2006 before injury stopped him and Sonnie Trotter made the first ascent..

Around the same time he stopped trying Cobra Crack his partner became pregnant. Didier was unable to to imagine a life as a father and he fell back on his Catholic faith, first becoming a Monk with the Eucharistein Fraternity and later being ordained as a priest.

In 2020 he then left the church to pursue 'a more balanced life', including starting climbing again.

He has since reconciled with his child and her mother (Previously his partner), and has started making hard fist ascents again such as The Crack of Destiny in Squamish and then, in 2024, coming full circle and climbing Cobra Crack in 2024.

References

[1] Interview with Tom Randall https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4aSZ19z41Hg

[2] https://english.elpais.com/sports/2022-11-15/didier-berthod-from-rock-climbing-star-to-monk-and-back-again.html

[3] Interview with Niall Grimes, 2023 https://open.spotify.com/episode/32F0fKdpvYNkGup6pRtKMk?

[4] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XjXzfkm6mgk

[5] https://www.grimpactu.com/post/de-la-corde-%C3%A0-la-foi-le-retour-victorieux-de-didier-berthod

Contributors: remus

Podcasts


Pics + Vids

Added at 18:09 on 16 September 2023
Added at 19:05 on 16 May 2021
Added at 15:02 on 04 February 2024
The Crack of Destiny (E9, FA)
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Added at 17:03 on 15 March 2024
Cobra Crack (E9)
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Added at 07:07 on 06 July 2023
Cobra Crack (E9)
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Added at 16:05 on 15 May 2024
Greenspit (E9, FA)
Added at 06:05 on 03 May 2024
The Crack of Destiny (E9, FA)
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Added at 20:06 on 05 June 2023
Cobra Crack (E9)
Added at 14:10 on 01 October 2021

Ascents

5 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 Style Ascent Date
2003 Greenspit E9 Lead | worked 14th Dec 2003
2004
2005 Cobra Crack E9 Lead | did not finish 2005
2006
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2020
2021
2022
2023 The Crack of Destiny E9 Lead | worked 23rd Jun 2023
First ascent.

It was love at first sight. So there it was, this perfect splitter crack that had haunted my dreams for so long. And in a perfect setting, with a perfect view, and a perfect ledge. And even the hour-long walk is also kinda perfect as it gives you a break from the crowds…

References

[1] https://www.instagram.com/p/CtHtFK2S9nY/=

[2] https://www.planetmountain.com/en/news/climbing/didier-berthod-first-ascent-the-crack-of-destiny-squamish-canada.html

[3] https://www.instagram.com/reel/C4ipfhgLSVP/

2024 Cobra Crack E9 Lead | worked 14th May 2024
Climb Grade Style Ascent Date Suggested Grade
Climb Grade Style Ascent Date Suggested Grade
Climb Grade Style Ascent Date Suggested Grade
Greenspit E9 Lead | worked 14th Dec 2003
The Crack of Destiny E9 Lead | worked 23rd Jun 2023
First ascent.

It was love at first sight. So there it was, this perfect splitter crack that had haunted my dreams for so long. And in a perfect setting, with a perfect view, and a perfect ledge. And even the hour-long walk is also kinda perfect as it gives you a break from the crowds…

References

[1] https://www.instagram.com/p/CtHtFK2S9nY/=

[2] https://www.planetmountain.com/en/news/climbing/didier-berthod-first-ascent-the-crack-of-destiny-squamish-canada.html

[3] https://www.instagram.com/reel/C4ipfhgLSVP/

Cobra Crack E9 Lead | did not finish 2005
Cobra Crack E9 Lead | worked 14th May 2024
Learning to Fly E7 Lead | worked
First ascent.
Climb Grade Style Ascent Date Suggested Grade