Breathtaking clip captures climber scaling a gully hundreds of feet up
Breathtaking video captures climber scaling a gully hundreds of feet up the sheer side of a slate quarry in Wales as she becomes the first woman to complete the ascent
- Footage shows a climber wedged between a cliff face in Llanberis, Wales
- Caroline Ciavaldini is the first woman to complete the Quarryman
- The french climber admits that she was afraid of heights and that she still is
Heart-racing footage shows the moment a climber attempts to scale a giant quarry in Wales.
The clip shows Caroline Ciavaldini, who has been rock climbing since she was 12, wedged between a cliff face in Dinoris Quarry, Llanberis.
Caroline – now 33 – was filmed earlier this month making her way up the sheer drop and is the first female ascent of the Quarryman route.
Caroline Ciavaldini as she climbs the sheer side of a slate quarry in Llanberis, Wales
The french climber had previously ticked off one of the four climbs involved in the Quarryman – called the ‘Groove’ – in 2016 but decided to return to the tricky project this month.
One clip posted on the climber’s Instagram shows Caroline as she shuffles up the ‘Groove’ and the sheer side of a slate quarry.
She said: ‘I have already been climbing for 21 years. Of course I was afraid of heights, it is a natural trait of human being. And I still am.
‘But I can keep my fear on a leash. In fact, I would rather say that I can put it in a box and close the box.
The french climber (pictured) is the first female to complete the ascent of the Quarryman route
The 33-year-old had previously climbed only one part of the Quarryman called the ‘Groove’ (pictured)
Caroline said: ‘I have already been climbing for 21 years. Of course I was afraid of heights, it is a natural trait of human being. And I still am’
‘It took six hours in total to do the route. I had been projecting the Quarryman for a long time – three years since I first decided to try it.
‘I prepared for it for the last two months. Arriving at the successful end of a project is very fulfilling.
‘But I mainly want to remember the steps I took to get there, as I enjoyed the process of preparing myself for my goal a lot.
‘Whether you are a climber or not, Llanberis quarries in Wales are worth discovering.
‘You will get to see the remains of the machinery, the metal wagons, even the old houses of the quarrymen, and guess what it must have been like to be a worker in these quarries. The place is really full of history.’
Caroline has been climbing since she was 12-years-old and is of a competitive background in the sport
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