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Antoine Girard schließt sich dem OZONE Team an

January 6, 2018

OZONE heißt Antoine Girard in seinem Team willkommen. Antoine ist ein visionärer Pilot, der das Limit dessen, was beim freien Fliegen machbar erscheint, nach oben verschoben hat: er hat einen Weltrekord im Höhenflug von 8157m aufgestellt, indem er über den Broad Peak (8051m) in Pakistan geflogen ist, unabhängig ein Biwakabenteuer durch Neuseelands South Island absolviert, und an drei Red Bull X-Alps teilgenommen, wobei er 2013 Dritter und 2015 Vierter wurde.

Im Frühling 2017 hat sich Antoine zusammen mit seinem Freund Julien Dusserre dazu entschlossen, ihre beiden Leidenschaften in einer Mission zu verbinden, und den noch nicht bestiegenen Langtang Lirung (7227m) zu erobern.

Antoine erzählt uns:

“I have flown as far as 1200km on several self-sufficient paragliding adventures. These experiences in New Zealand and in the mountains of Pakistan provided me with the confidence that it was possible. Both Julien and I are long-distance pilots in the Alps, and he had to trust me when it came to flying in the Himalaya. We pushed the project to the extreme, leaving Kathmandu on foot with all of our paragliding and mountaineering gear, to summit and then return back to the starting point in the same manner; we were completely self-sufficient and without any outside help. Our plan was to set up base camp in Kyangjing Gompa for food supplies. The starting point and takeoff area was located about 15km from the capital. From there, our paragliders carried all of our gear to base camp in two or three days.

Even though we were unable to make a summit attempt, this type of approach to the mountains is exhilarating. On Shalbachum (6680m), we landed at 5800m in an incredible location after a one-hour hike and then a short one-hour flight. A typical approach on foot would have taken at least two days through complex terrain with potentially mediocre climbing. We could have continued to the summit the same day, but that was not our objective. We wanted to sleep at 6200m to acclimatize. It was at that very moment that we realized how much sense it makes to combine paragliding and mountaineering. Climbing in the Himalaya often requires grueling approaches. With a paraglider you can cover the same distance in two hours, and then be back down from the summit in the same day! This makes it possible to climb several peaks in the same trip!

In the end, through out this new approach to the mountains, there remains so much to explore and do! It’s like discovering a whole new discipline.”

Wir freuen uns darauf, Antoine bei seinen zukünftigen Abenteuern zu unterstützen.

Ein Cheers vom gesamten OZONE Team.