Practice English Speaking&Listening with: The North Face Presents: Jacopo Larcher's "Rise"

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(birds chirping)

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(birds chirping)

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- [Jacopo] Cadarese is a place

where I really love to spend time.

It's really quiet.

I feel like in peace with myself.

It's the place where I improve as a trad climber

and where I started to bring my vision about trad climbing

on the rocks.

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And Tribe especially, is the route has witnessed

all the stages of this,

let's call it evolution as a trad climber.

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I remember when I saw the line for the first time,

that was in 2014, I think.

And that day, I just climbed all day on easy routes

and which were challenging at the time for me.

And yeah, I simply didn't thought

that this line would have take six years of my life.

(Jacopo yells)


- [Richard] I'm filming.

No, stop chewing this muesli.

I first met Jacopo on expedition at La Reunion.

He was obviously very strong, very talented,

and very shy as well.

- [Woman] That is good enough.

- And absolutely unable to jump and to crack climb properly.

- Come on, Jacopo!

Make that meet far as possible by pushing.

If it's that way, you push--

- I don't actually think

he'd ever really been trad climbing.

But he seemed like he was a young climber

that was just hungry to learn new things

and discover a new world.

- [Richard] After La Reunion, I invited him pretty often

to come and climb with me and my friends.

We were discovering these places, Cadarese and Yosesigo.

And he started being intrigued by this group of people

and this style of climbing.

(speaking in foreign language)

- When I stopped competing,

I asked myself what I wanted to do in climbing

and trad climbing was the answer.

When I first tried it,

I realized that that was exactly what I was looking for.

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In trad climbing, you don't have any bolts,

so you have to find a way to protect yourself

using just the features of the rock.

The gear you place is not always safe.

So it's way more engaging than sport climb.

I simply love the fact that I had to deal with my fears,

I was scared but at the same time

I had to focus on the actual climb.

It was a huge challenge for me at the time and still is

and that's probably the thing that I love the most about it.

(birds chirping)

And Cadarese is the place

where I found the perfect playground for that.

- [Richard] Through the years we've been walking this path

thousands of times and there were a few lines

that were obviously too futuristic

for me and my friends' skills,

but some of them I saw they would possibly be climbable.

Jacopo was visionary enough

to go opposite of the line

and check the features.

- I remember when I rappelled down

on the route the first time,

I was really impressed by the beauty of the line,

but at the same time I had the feeling

that the last section was impossible because it was so blank

and the holes were so far apart.

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- [James] It's impossible not to look at it,

as you walk up to the crag.

It's one of the first things that you see

and it's just staring you in the face.

It's one of the most beautiful small trad routes

that I've ever seen.

- [Richard] You could see there was a possibility

of this line to be climbed

although the runout was serious and the falls were long.

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- [James] At first it seemed to be going pretty good.

I knew how good of a climber he was

and I just assumed he linked it altogether pretty quickly.

But the thing is on stuff like this,

even if you can do the moves,

it doesn't mean you can link them

and even linking two of those moves

is already a really, really tough effort.

I mean we're talking about double digit boulders up there.

It's seriously hard climbing.

- When I started trying the routes seriously,

it didn't matter if I couldn't find a partner.

I spent weeks just camping at the base of the cliff

and climbing alone trying the move.

I was, I think really, really driven.

I hadn't experienced that before.

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I think I was so obsessed by the line

because I didn't know if it was possible or not.

The cool thing about this process

was that a lot of people just showed up

and they started to offer their help,

like they came to help me out with the project.

They helped me to build a landing.

I met so many people that I didn't know before

and they became my friends

and we just shared a lot of cool days at the crag,

sharing the same vision,

the same passion

in a place that we all loved so much.

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And maybe it was exactly this feeling

that motivate me the most to keep on trying the route.

(clock ticking)

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(hits landing)

(Jacopo yells)

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(clock ticking)

(Jacopo yells)

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(Jacopo yells)

- [James] It takes a real amount of determination

to keep on going back day after day after day,

trying things, sometimes even failing lower

than you had done before

and just keep on pushing towards the ultimate goal,

the ultimate dream of seeing the thing become a reality.

(Jacopo yells)

(speaking in foreign language)

- He did so many hard routes

over the last couple of years.

It's pretty crazy in all sorts of different styles

and they all went down really fast,

in the space of a couple of days or maybe weeks

and still his project in Cadarese remained elusive.

(speaking in foreign language)

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- I remember that a lot of times,

I thought about

just giving up

and I asked to myself,

"Would I care?"

And in those moment,

I always try

to think why I was doing that.

It was my desire

to climb that thing.

Didn't matter how long it would take.

It was just important to know if I could do it or not.

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(belts rattling)

What I learned from Tribe

is definitely the importance

of believing in our goals,

in believing ourself

even when we have a lot of evidence is that

maybe be we are not doing the right thing,

but if we really want to do something,

that's probably the only right thing.

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(birds chirping)

(Jacopo yells)

(Jacopo panting)

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(Jacopo yells)

Tribe was definitely like a personal process,

but all my friends

played a really important role in it.

They showed me what the climbing community is

and I'm really thankful for that.

That's why the route is called Tribe.

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