Date of Ascent:

January 26, 2016

Suggested Grade:



2 sessions


Interview : Alban Levier (with english version)
I only have the 8B+ boulders I´ve done for comparison. The recent ones I´ve done have taken less effort than this problem so I think 8C is correct. The left exit is maybe an eliminate variation now because the boulder has been repeated via the right, but this version is the original historical line. After tying it a few times I think it’s possible to catch the bad crimp on the left of the lip and to finish via this as Marc Le Ménestrel did before the hold got broken. It’s more intense but shorter. Now it´s just a question of linking it!


l'Alchimiste , ~8C, by Alban Levier
Alban seems unstoppable at the moment. After the first ascent of La Force, ~8C/9a, and quick repeats of La force du destin, ~8B+, and Hip-hop assis, ~8B, he has now made the 3rd ascent of Marc LeMenestrel's l'Alchimiste, ~8C.


VIDEO: Alban Levier sending L'Alchimiste.
Aujourd'hui l'Alchimiste ! après la séance d'hier, j'étais trop impatient d'y retourner ! Enchaîné par Nalle Hukkataival l'année dernière, ce dernier proposait 8c/8c+. Après coup, je penserais plutôt à un 8c. Trop content ! Merci à Gilles Puyfagès pour les photos. Petite vidéo de l'enchaînement ci-dessous L'alchimiste Today ! I looked too forward after yesterday tries ! Sent by Nalle Hukkataival last year, he thinked about 8c/+. In my opinion, I think about 8c. Too Happy ! Thanks to Gilles Puyfages for the pics.