So I started trying, and after a few attempts I was able to find the connection, but I immediately realized how much more difficult the “Bimba Luna” boulder was when I was reaching it with already tired fingers and pumped arms. Another big problem was related to the fact that the holds on “Bain de Sang” in the first part were extremely sharp, and even the “Bimba Luna” boulder easily cut my fingertips. So the next step was to perfect my grip on every individual hold in order to cut myself in different places and allow for at least two attempts per day.
But despite all these measures, I still didn’t have enough strength in my fingers to make the boulder without a break.
I trained hard for this project, and when I returned in March 2019, I just barely failed during an attempt to climb the route at night.
It was extremely frustrating to fall when everything seemed to be finished. A single mistake had erased everything, and “Cryptography” had won again.
The fact is that on this route, being in good form wasn’t enough ... It couldn’t be too cold, or I’d get to the crux with frozen fingers, but not too hot either, or I wouldn’t be able to grip those small holds without cutting my fingers. I also needed calmness to control every single step, every breath and every move. Many factors that are difficult to combine, especially when you’re 700 kilometers from home. Of course, I would have to train hard again.
A whole year passed, and when I went back to “Cryptography” at last, I realized that something had finally changed. Not only had I improved physically but I had acquired composure and awareness, which perhaps were the real key to being able to solve this puzzle.