Watch Annie Chouinard Send Sha Sha 5.14 in Quebec

Watch Annie Chouinard Send Sha Sha 5.14 in Quebec

Watch Quebec crusher Annie Chouinard send Sha Sha 5.14a at Orford in Quebec, click on the subtitles for English.

Chouinard has had a strong year with many big sends, including an onsight of The Shadow 5.13 on The Chief in Squamish.

“As I reached the last crux, I could hear the encouragements of my partner, but his words weren’t clear to me, like a distant echo,” Chouinard said about her Sha Sha send. “I clipped the anchor, closed my eyes for a few seconds, turned around and had a look at the scenery behind me.”

I recently sent what I consider to be one of the best route at Orford, Sha Sha, 5.14a. The route is a direct line up the cliff and starts with a tricky and technical boulder problem to a rest, the only one on the route. You then engage several moves that test your resistance, leading up to the final section, a powerful boulder problem and long moves on bad slopers. I had the day off from work and had gotten up at 4:30am to do the 1h20 drive between Montreal and Orford to try to get the best possible conditions on the rock. For different reasons, I definitely wasn’t feeling at my best on that day, but as I got on the route on my first go of the day, my body and mind entered a state that doesn’t belong to this world. Every movement was fluid and precise; I didn’t feel a moment of hesitation. My mind was free of any thoughts: it was just me, the rock, the present moment. As I reached the last crux, I could hear the encouragements of my partner, but his words weren’t clear to me, like a distant echo. I clipped the anchor, closed my eyes for a few seconds, turned around and had a look at the scenery behind me. A scenery that is familiar to me, but that looked particularly unique at that moment. Then I came back to this world and smiled. It’s for moment like these that I work hard, fail more often than I succeed, but carry on. It’s moment like these that gives a meaning to my life. Ultimately, this is why I climb. This picture was taken by Philippe Lacroix as I was working the first part of the route at the end of May before the closure of the park this year. Now, time for Rumney to work other inspiring lines! @allezupmtl ; @metoliusclimbing ; @arcteryxmontreal; @fiveten_official

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Watch Quebec crusher Annie Chouinard send Sha Sha 5.14a at Orford in Quebec, click on the subtitles for English. Chouinard has had a strong year with many big sends, including an onsight of The […]

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