Première mondiale sur le Cerro Torre en parapente

Le grimpeur Fabian Buhl est le premier à avoir gravi la montagne du Cerro Torre en Patagonie avant de s’élancer en parapente depuis le sommet.

Si certains parapentistes s’étaient déjà élancés depuis le sommet du Cerro Torre, c’est la première fois qu’un homme réussi l’ascension de cette montagne de Patagonie avant d’enchaîner ensuite en parapente depuis le sommet.

Accompagné de Laura Tiefenthaler et de Raphaela Haug ainsi que d’une autre cordée française, l’Allemand Fabian Buhl a réussi cet exploit ce week-end sur un des sommets de Patagonie les plus exigeants à gravir en matière d’alpinisme. Son vol en parapente a ensuite duré 17 minutes avant qu’il se pose plus bas sur le glacier Torre.

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Yesterday morning, before the sun peeked over the horizon, and while most of us were asleep, @fabi_buhl pulled this off!! . Fabi is the first person to fly off the summit of Cerro Torre after climbing up it (more historic details later). Together with @laura_tiefenthaler and @raphaela.haug, they climbed the Ragni route, cleaning copious amounts of rime as they “re-opened” the route during the first ascent of the season. Working with a French team composed by Christoph, JB and Matthieu, they “opened” (cleaned) all but the last 15 meters of the final pitch. . Fabi chose to fly off very early in the morning so as to avoid thermal exchange winds. The take-off was not without excitement. As he took the first steps, he realized that one of the lines was tangled, but he knew that if he stopped, he would have a hard time recovering psyche to try again, so he kept running, hoping the line would untangle as he loaded the glider (it did not). After a 17 minute flight, he landed on the Torre Glacier, in the vicinity of the “nunatak”. He wished he would have stayed in the air longer, but his hands got quite cold (the freezing line was at 2000m). . Thirty one years ago, in 1988, Matthias and Michael Pinn climbed the Supercanaleta and flew off the summit of Cerro Fitz Roy. Four days later, together with Uwe Passler they climbed the Compressor route, again carrying their paragliders, but were unable to fly off the summit due to poor weather. A week later they hitchhiked a ride back to the summit in a helicopter, and all three flew off. In 1991, Roman Tschurtschenthaler also hitchhiked a ride to the summit in a helicopter, and flew off. . Huge congrats to Fabi, and kudos to the Pinn brothers, whose 1988 climb-and-fly of Cerro Fitz Roy, and vision, was well ahead of it’s time. . Fabi flew an @airdesignparagliders Susi 3 16m2 . #cerrotorre #paragliding #patagonia #climbandfly

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