Didier Berthod - Swiss Catholic Monastery???


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Trad climber
San Rafael, CA
Topic Author's Original Post - Mar 12, 2008 - 04:15pm PT
I went to Banff Film Festival last night in San Rafael and in the program guide there was a "Where are they now" page. It mentioned Sonnie Trotter and Didier Berthod from the Cobra crack video from last year's showing.

Didier Berthod apparently has quit climbing since his knee surgery and is living/working in a Swiss Catholic Monastery.


I thought he had done a bunch more stuff in Indian Creek but maybe I am getting my dates/timeline confused.

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Wall Climber Wannabe
Mar 20, 2008 - 12:28pm PT
'Pass the Pitons' Pete

Big Wall climber
like Oakville, Ontario, Canada, eh?
Mar 20, 2008 - 02:47pm PT
Didier's the master, and a helluva nice guy, too. I remember looking down on him from Bermuda Dunes when he was climbing the monster offwidths below El Cap Spire, and he cruised 'em, taking in these great no-hands rests as he locked off with his feet.

And knees.

Jun 23, 2009 - 02:25pm PT
*bump* a year on.. does anyone know where didier is these days?

Trad climber
Between Tuscano and Liguria, Italia
Jun 23, 2009 - 02:33pm PT
He was pretty adimant about being a christian in the return to sender so it would not be completely unusual! Maybe he is up with the Saint Bernardus monastery in the Alps skiing in and putting up new routes!

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Jun 23, 2009 - 07:14pm PT
I also heard he was in a Monastery. One of his last routes in IC was "Fear of Flying." Sounds like he wants to let the "Angels" specialize in defying gravity. I wonder if they made him give up smoking?

Social climber
Jun 23, 2009 - 08:24pm PT
Could he be repenting for climbing bolted routes in Joshua Tree?

Photo by Blitzo.

Maybe he wants to brew good beer!

Dog sseb mih!

Fat Dad

Trad climber
Los Angeles, CA
Jun 23, 2009 - 08:33pm PT
Some monasteries will permit you to stay there as a spiritual retreat, obviating the need to be clergy. There's a place in Malibu, the Serra Retreat, that lets groups or individuals stay there for prayer or quiet contemplation. Gary Hart stayed at a monastery or something pretty equal to it after his failed campaign. Sounds like a good way to get yourself centered should the need arise.

Feb 9, 2012 - 12:28pm PT
Yes, he still lives in this monestry. They wrote an article about him, unfort. is it in german.


Trad climber
Kirkwood, ca
Feb 9, 2012 - 01:48pm PT
You mean, he traded all the women and fortunes of professional rock climbing for this?

Social climber
Traffic Jam Ledge
Feb 9, 2012 - 02:35pm PT
From the article, Heute klettert Didier nicht mehr.: Today Didier climbs no longer.

Varaždin, Vroatia
Sep 22, 2013 - 10:23am PT
Hi guys.

The link appears to be broken. Does anyone have the pdf or the article of the link? Dider Berthod was a big inpiration, and would like to read the article (my other friend will provide the translation, which I would gladly share).

thanks a lot!
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