Watch the full POV video descent from 10,000m

Now take the jump yourself – real-time POV video of Vince Reffet and Fred Fugen’s Mont Blanc flight.
By Tarquin Cooper

Time to get in the pilot's seat and buckle up: this is the epic skycombo flight of Vince Reffet and Fred Fugen from a different angle – theirs. 

In real-time, this is the dramatic POV footage captured by their head and body cameras as they leapt from 10km above the ground (any higher and they would have needed pressurised suits), performed some signature synchro moves and then finished off with some close proximity flying down Mont Blanc's Peuterey ridge.

We were trying to go as close as possible

 

Fred Fugen from Vincent Reffet perspective jumping at 33 000 feet (10 km) above the Mont Blanc, France, on May 31st 2014
Out of this world © DomDaher/Red Bull Content Pool

“We were as close as 10m to the rock, even less than 10m,” says Fred. “When you're flying so close, 10m is nothing! And sometimes we would hit turbulence and we'd have to go left or right and ease back. We were trying to go as close as possible, depending on the conditions.”

At 20,000ft, you don't want a bad opening

The flight lasted seven minutes in total, of which 40 seconds was freefall. “It's no so long, but our speed was very high,” adds Fred.

Fred Fugen and Vincent Reffet training in Austria in may 12th for a jump at 33 000 feet (10 km) above the Mont Blanc, France, on May 31st 2014
High-altitude manoeuvres above Mont Blanc © DomDaher/Red Bull Content Pool

The guys were using sport rigs and high-performance parachutes that have a smaller surface area – just 9m² – which means they're faster and more manoeuvrable for tricks and swooping.

But there's a catch. At high-altitude, the air density is not so great which affects how they open and fly. “A sport rig is not something that's very easy to adapt for high altitude,” says Fred.

No one has ever tried to open a high-performance chute from this high before

Fred Fugen and Vincent Reffet training in Austria in may 12th for a jump at 33 000 feet (10 km) above the Mont Blanc, France, on May 31st 2014
It's so beautiful, let's hold hands © Dom Daher/Red Bull Content Pool

“No one has opened a performance parachute above Mont Blanc or this high,” adds Fred. “Most are used to fly fast and close to the ground. The quality of the opening is not the same because the air density is less.

“At 20,000ft (6,000m), you don't want to have a bad opening. You need a good one!”

 

Fred Fugen and Vincent Reffet training in Austria in may 12th for a jump at 33 000 feet (10 km) above the Mont Blanc, France, on May 31st 2014
Getting the opening right was vital for success © DomDaher/Red Bull Content Pool

But thanks to a year of research and the combined efforts of the whole team, everything went smoothly for Fred and Vince. Well, as smoothly as it can go when you're jumping from high altitude through mid-afternoon turbulence. But the turbulence is another story.

Stay tuned. Next week we'll share the behind-the-scenes video and have the full story on why air traffic control made the jump even more challenging.

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Fred Fugen from Vincent Reffet perspective jumping at 33 000 feet (10 km) above the Mont Blanc, France, on May 31st 2014
Heading for Phase 3: The swoop down Mont Blanc © DomDaher/Red Bull Content Pool
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