Kevin was born in Nice, France. His father is a kayak instructor and my mother is a winter sports enthusiast, and they instilled a love for the outdoors in Kevin and his sister July at an early age. As a kid Kevin loved to climb trees, and now he has been climbing rocks for 10 years. At 13, he climbed his first 8a, La boîte à coucou, at St. Jeannet, France. He traveled with the French team, making the podium of several Junior European Cup events and finished third overall. At 18 he did his first 9a, WRC at Castillon, France. Lately he has discovered a passion for bouldering, trad climbing and big wall climbing Last year, he climbed both El Cap and Half Dome in Yosemite, and some legendary cracks like Equinox in Joshua Tree.
Discipline: Rock climbingHometown: Nice, France Currently Living: Nice, France Height: 180 cm
Career Highlights: Winning French National Championships at 16; WRC (9a) Castillon, France, FA of Le Nain Bleu (8b+ 200m), Aiglun, France.
When did you first start climbing/skiing?I started climbing at 10.
What do you most enjoy about your sport?The variety, both in the type of rock (limestone, granite, sandstone...), and in climbing boulders of 2 meters high to 1000-meter walls! All areas are different, it is the reason that makes you want to discover news spots!
How do you define success?The success comes after hard work, but I think we need to stay cool and humble.
What are you most proud of, either in life, your sport or both?To make a living of my passion, and have a lot of free time!
Who are your heroes?Alain Robert.
What inspires you?Berhault, Edlinger, Lafaille, people who have changed climbing.
What are your hobbies outside of your sport?Skiing, canyoneering and running.
What’s your guilty pleasure?The after party with climbing friends and chocolate!
What are your hidden talents?Creativity.
Tell us about your most favorite place in the world:Verdon is one of the most beautiful gorges of the world—the water is unique there and all the walls are incredible! We can climb modern routes with some tufas and overhangs, or climb technical routes like in the ‘80s.
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?I wanted to be a mountain rescuer.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be, and why?I would climb in the high mountains. I find it beautiful, but dangerous...
Tell us about a time in your life when you have been scared:My first multi-pitch route in the Verdon at age 14. I was so scared, I had to go down on the fifth pitch—I finished on top rope.
Describe your perfect day:A good climbing day (sun with wind) and a good barbecue after.
How would your friends describe you?Merry, ingenious, always ready to invent something.