News of Mat Haladaj
"On our way from Poland we made a short pause in my favorite French area, St.Leger du Ventoux. In two days of climbing and resting after 20h drive I managed to lead my first French 8b OS – Stiqueul man on the east face.
It could have been my best onsight day ever, but my foot slipped on the very top of neighbouring Abergenief 8b – a truly classic of the area, but slippery as well. Next day I managed to repeat Le placard 8a+/b on the same wall, which was a great fun.
Since one year I’ve been fascinated by the huge overhangs of Santa Linya cave, in which I have been realizing several projects. This time again I focused on Open your mind, the hardest 9a I’ve ever tried. Falling seven times at the very top, I once managed to get through the crux section, but didn’t held the very last jug. I fell 12 meters below and unexpectedly hit the wall very hard…
After a visit to the urgency luckily nothing appeared to be broken. This accident was a truly surprise for me. Now what I really need is to recover at home and start rehabilitation soon, still hoping to come back to Spain with the begin of June.
Santa Linya showed me it’s teeth again, but made me stronger than ever before."
Some photo galleries you may see on my Polish blog