A start at 3563m altitude, with a 1300m incline, a super-steep slope with 45° sections, and rocky cliffs waiing for the smallest mistake. The Auguille du Midi’s North Face and the Bossons Glacier are clearly not spots for a gentle stroll. They aren't for beginners. But they are perfect spots for a guy like Valentin Delluc, a big name in speedriding, a spectacuar discipline that combines paragliding and freeride skiing.
Around the turn of May and June, the French Speedrider linked up the runs on this terrifying spot to put together the clip you can watch above.
Up to 14 descents a day (always after verifying that no other skier or climber was on the spot, of course), some with the help of Ugo Cergola to carry the angles. It might seem a surprising time of the year to shoot a winter sport video, but when you are that high up, the only time you can actually ride the snow is when the temperatures start rising.
As Valentin Delluc says, “it’s only in high mountains that we find the biggest inclines, and that’s when speedriding makes sense. Flying above a glacier or an avalanche gives some very impressive visuals, and you feel so small in the middle of all these elements!
No need to worry Valentin: we feel small just watching this insane video!
Valentin Delluc will now start his speedflying season soon and will be going around to scout for new spots in a motorised hang glider. He's then going to be taking part in Red Bull Elements 2016, on September 16 and 17.