The trip was long for many, short for others. Some braved a 45-hour non-stop voyage from all over the world, facing delayed flights, long security lines, cramped airplanes, missed connections and finishing with a mountainous 5-hour bus ride. For others, it was a simple question of hopping in the car and heading to the site of the 2011 Petzl RocTrip in Getu, China.
All the invited athletes have arrived including Chris Sharma (US), Dani Andrada (ES), Mike Fuselier (FR), Steve McClure (GB)… And the RocTrippers are flowing in from all over the world: France, Israel, Turkey, Malaysia, Japan, United States, New Zealand, Australia, Pakistan, and South Africa…not to mention all the Chinese climbers from all over the country. In total, over 550 people from more than 30 countries are here or on their way.
Among the many climbers that arrived early, here are a few portraits of some of the RocTrippers we met at the base of the cliffs in Getu Valley:
Steve (South Africa) & Angie (US)
Steve and Angie are currently on a three-year trip around the world after having saved up for six years. Steve worked in finance and Angie worked in marketing. They were at Jilotepec and El Chonta after the previous RocTrip in Mexico last year when they heard about all the good times from that event. The decision was easy to attend the following event. After six months in South Africa, two months in Mexico and one month in Thailand, they are now starting the two month Chinese leg of their trip with a stop in Getu Valley.
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