This saturday I had the chance to take part to a very new kind of wingsuit competiton, the first "Hike and Fly" !
The new thing with the "Hike and Fly" is that it's not only the flying part that count but also the hiking. Over here in the alps, on most jumps we spend more time hiking than flying. With the time we are getting more and more used to big hikes and a lot of height difference. The goal of this event was to see who is the fastest but all of this in a very friendly and relaxed mood.
|Busy day at the exit.|
28 hikers/jumpers run the trail that had a +1000m altitude gain under a perfect sunshine. The winner Julien Millot from the Flying Frenchies made a time of 1h03. I ended at the 10th place with a time of 1h18. I'm really happy with this result for a first try. It was pretty fun to see everybody at the top of the race. It's not ussual to have that much flyers on an exit. We jumped in small groups. I jumped right after a slider down jumper and made a cool flyby on him.
|Flyby with the Mont Blanc as background.|
At the begining the competition should have been in Samoens. We wanted to jump the Criou. Unfortunately the local mayor was against it saying "wingsuit base isn't a sport, it's like russian roulette". It was pretty dispointing to realise how our sport is seen by most people. The good thing is that Aurel, who is the organizer, didn't wanted to abandon the event like this. He found another jump and the event went on perfectly ! We hope that next year we can jump the Criou. I also hope that this event will help to change people opinion on our sport.
|Posing in front of the Criou (and Samoens' administration)|
Thanks again to Aurel and Val for this perfect event ! I'm already waiting for next year's edition !