Born in 1988 at Le Chesnay, I discovered mountains thanks my family, during Chamonix holiday’s treks.
Quickly, I wanted to go upper, and I began to climb to train to mountaineering. After meeting some charismatic people, rock climbing began a passion for itself. I’ve been very lucky to discover some classic routes of Mount Blanc range, like south-east pillar of Petit Clocher du Portalet, Aiguille Dorées traverse, sport/trad routes in Envers des Aiguilles (Guy Anne, Marchand de sable…), Rebuffat and Contamine on Aiguille du Midi and Pointe Lachenal… Beautiful alpines routes to progress.
During my engineers studies, I began to explore south France crags and big walls, and some of Spain, Switzerland, England, Wales, Italia, Corsica and Morocco. During this time, I understood we can have the same pleasure to climb a hard route or if we just help someone to discover our passion. Idea of to be a rock climbing guide was born.
Thanks to studies, I moved to Gap, and I could enjoy best crags of Provence and around Marseille : Verdon, Ceuse, Calanques, Buoux, Sainte Victoire, Saint Léger, Annot…
After finished my engineers studies, it was time to start my project: to be a rock climbing guide, and to conciliate my passion and my work. I followed the training of DEJEPS Milieux Naturels, the French diploma, on the Montpellier CREPS. I finished in 2014, but it is not an end: I continue to train myself and to practice a lot, to be the best climbing instructor I can. With opening new routes, to propose you my experience is the finality of my old passion.
In 2016, I joined the group « Multipitches climbing » of the region PACA, coached by Arnaud Petit, to learn more about firsts ascents, and purchase my goal to climb firsts ascens on all contients.
Hope to see you on rock!
Nicolas Gay, rock climbing guide.