- CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
- 1987: Took part in the first-ever World Indoor Climbing Championships in Grenoble.
- 1989: Member of the French Mountain and Climbing Federation’s (FFME) elite young mountaineers team.
Expedition with a group of young mountaineers to Patagonia, Torres de Paine range: opened a new route.
- 1990-2001: Instructor at Chamonix Climbing Club, established the Mont Blanc Climbing Open.
- 1993: Summer: high-mountain guide training course at the National Skiing and Mountaineering School (ENSA) in Chamonix.
Winter: Final ski-instructor course.
- 1996: Trip to US: climbed “The Nose” on El Capitan and “Half Dome” with client.
- 1997: Trip to US: climbed “Salathé Wall” on El Capitan with client.
- 1998: Trip to US: climbed “The Shield” on El Capitan with client.
- 2001: Expedition to Himalayas: Cho Oyu (8,201m).
- 2003: Climbing in the Todra Gorges, Morocco / Exploratory trip to Mongolia.
- 1990-2011: Full-time high-mountain guide / sample achievements with clients:
-Les Grandes Jorasses: Walker Spur.
-Les Drus: Bonatti Pillar / “La Directe Américaine”.
-Grand Capucin: “Voie des Suisses” / “O Sole Moi” / Trip after Gulliver/Bonatti.
-South face of Le Fou: classic / “Les Ailles du Désir”.
- Mont Blanc du Tacul: Gervasutti Pillar.
-Crossing of Les Aiguilles, Chamonix.
-Pilier des Trois Pointes: “Toboggan” / “Totem”.
+ What are your three finest achievements in the mountains?
Torres de Paine, Patagonia: opening of “Blue Note Memory”.
North face of Les Grandes Jorasses / Walker Spur with client.
El Capitan: “Salathé Wall” with client.+ Who do you prefer practising alpinism with?Giovanni Bassanini.+Your best experience, high up?The first time I reached the summit of Les Drus.+ And the worst...?
In storms, when you can’t control a thing and just have to wait for it to pass…+ What do you like doing when you’re not in the mountains?
Spending time with my partner and my son Alban.+ What’s your involvement with the Millet Design Centre and in product development generally?
I like contributing new ideas generated by my guiding work, and a practical and realistic view of the needs of guides and clients; and also being able to advise my colleagues at the Chamonix Guides Company on which products to choose.+ How do you see your discipline evolving in the next few years?
It’s hard to say, everything moves so fast. But I think we’re returning to a more traditional style of practice, with the rope party playing a central role.