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Nico Favresse

Nico Favresse

Nico Favresse is a rock climbing ambassador for Patagonia. Growing up in Brussels, Nicolas bonded to the outdoors through windsurfing, mountain biking and skiing. He started climbing at 15 and immediately found his passion. As an 18-year old exchange student in the United States, he visited Yosemite and discovered a new calling for big walls. Since then he’s climbed big walls in Patagonia, Pakistan, Greenland, Venezuela and Canada.

Articles

Sean Villanueva O’Driscoll works a tricky dihedral on the first ascent of El Regalo de Mwono in Torres del Paine, Patagonia. Photo: Nicolas Favresse

Unstuck in Baffin Island’s Stewart Valley

Jan 12, 2018 January 12, 2018

Pain pulses in my right foot to the rhythm of my heartbeats. I know something’s wrong, but the only option is to ignore it. The swelling presses against my shoe, but I’m afraid if I take it off, I’ll never get it back on. Still, I feel like I can’t… Read More

Greenland Vertical Sailing: The Devil’s Brew [Updated]

Greenland Vertical Sailing: The Devil’s Brew [Updated]

Jul 29, 2010 July 29, 2010

“Impossible mais possible après tout.” (Impossible but possible after all.) “I’ve been looking at that wall for twelve years, but I’ve never found any team good enough” –Bob Shepton winner of the 2009 Tilman Medal. Editor's note: When last we left the crew of… Read More

Greenland Vertical Sailing: Big Wall Island

Greenland Vertical Sailing: Big Wall Island

Jul 16, 2010 July 16, 2010

Earlier we told you about Patagonia ambassadors Nicolas Favresse and Sean Villanueva, and their current climbing trip: Greenland Vertical Sailing 2010. Nico and Sean, along with Olivier Favresse and Ben Ditto have stowed aboard Captain Bob Shepton's boat to sail the west… Read More

The One Move I Couldn’t Do

The One Move I Couldn’t Do

Jun 3, 2010 June 3, 2010

Patagonia Climbing ambassador Nico Favresse headed to Baffin last year with fellow ambassador Sean Villanueva O’Driscoll to see what they could see – maybe climb a few things. They returned with killer images and a sack full of first ascents and notable repeats of huge granite… Read More

[Sean Villanueva O'Driscoll practicing what his fellow Pataognia Climbing Ambassdor Nicolas Favresse calls

Big Wall Free Climbing on Baffin Island

Sep 15, 2009 September 15, 2009

Patagonia Rock Climbing Ambassadors Nicolas Favresse and Sean Villanueva O’Driscoll recently returned from a month of superlative success on Baffin Island’s numerous remote and wild granite walls. We were thrilled to receive Nico’s letter (below) and have been spending… Read More