Marc-An­dre Le­clerc’s Im­pres­sive Win­ter

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his win­ter with a trip to the Canadian Rock­ies. In good form, Le­clerc spent the - 30 C nights in his van be­neath frozen climbs. He made a quick solo of the se­ri­ous Sacre Bleu, be­fore climb­ing a new route with Jon Walsh on the Storm Creek Head­wall. He then made the fastest win­ter as­cent of Wild Thing with Joshua Lav­i­gne. The record was bro­ken a few weeks later by an Amer­i­can team. Le­clerc then soloed Po­lar Cir­cus, Weep­ing Wall and Weep­ing Pil­lar in a morn­ing. In De­cem­ber, Le­clerc trav­elled to Patag­o­nia to climb with Colin Ha­ley. The pair made f irst as­cent of the Torre Tra­verse from south to north and called their route La Travesia de Oso Bud­dha. “Marc-An­dre Le­clerc is a ver y tal­ented climber,” said Colin Ha­ley. “His only pre­vi­ous climb in Patag­o­nia was El Mo­cho and on day one his un­fa­mil­iar­ity with the ter­rain on Cerro Torre was ev­i­dent, but he adapted quickly, made an awe­some climb­ing part­ner for our f irst ever climb to­gether and by day three he was a vet­eran of climb­ing on the Tor­res.” They then made the f irst di­rect as­cent of the North Face of Cerro Torre and called it Di­recta de la Men­tira.” Le­clerc wrote about the climb on his Face­book page, “New line, a di­rect route up the north face of the Torre. Not many words needed other than rad adventure.”

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