The only two climbers who were able to clip the chain of Hélix before were Gérome Pouvreau and Cédric Lachat. As the beta of the two guys was not her style, she was lucky to receive some good beta from the route setter, Frédéric.
Nina needed three days to realize the movements of the boulder problem at the start. "For the rest I quickly found some good beta to make the route possible for me. I escaped the big and powerful moves of the guys and I crimped some food holds instead!"
She needed about 20 tries to pass the boulder problem at the forth draw and she almost made it to the top – but slipped and fell. She was super optimistic but had to wait for two weeks to go back as the weather changed. In the first days of June Nina returned and got on her project.Again, some more tries at the boulder problem and she made it to the top and clipped the chain. "Once I passed this start I was really ready to go to the top, without fear, with no hesitation, full of joy!"
Hélix is the hardest and the most powerful sport climbing route Nina has done. "I never felt so psyched to climb in a route like in Hélix. My mind was completely open, free and I was full of good energy. I don't know how long this will continue, but I have the impression that I'm surfing on a wave…next stop Arc´teryx Alpine Academy in Chamonix and then my multi-pitch project in Orbayu! Life is great!" Nina.