Zembrocal: Multi-Pitch 5.14c on an Indian Ocean Island


This North Face video depicts the creation of Zembrocal, a seven-pitch, mostly trad climb on Reunion Island in the Pacific Ocean, put up in the summer of 2013 by the international team of Sam Elias (US), Yuji Hirayama (JAP), Jacopo Larcher (ITA), James Pearson (UK), and Caroline Ciavaldini (FRA). Ciavaldini grew up on Isle Réunion, so the trip was a homecoming for her. On the last try of his last day on the route, Hirayama redpointed the crux 5.14c pitch, but the route awaits a one-day free ascent.