After flying over the pyramids of Egypt at the end of last year and more recently the Taj Mahal, Fred Fugen, the most famous wingsuiter is tackling another monument… natural this time. Flying close to the Roof of Europe and continuing with a flight in relief – the longest ever – to the Chamonix valley, this is the latest feat that Fred Fugen has just accomplished alongside Vincent Cotte and Aurélien ” Bras Noir” Chatard, his two acolytes from Team Soul Flyers.
A never before-done 3 minute and 5-second flight line that starts just above the summit of Mont Blanc and stretches up to the skies of Les Houches, i.e. 7.5 miles (12km) of horizontal distance and 11,975 feet (3,650m) of vertical drop before the opening of the parachute.
“The first 500 meters at high altitude were the most impressive. The passage just above the summit of Mont Blanc was legendary! We almost touched it. I’ve always dreamed of it! Flying for so long with my buddies in this breathtaking landscape is an experience I will never forget.”
– Fred Fugen
The images are spectacular and rare. After flying over Mont Blanc, the three wingsuiters engage in a two-minute descent at high speed, pointing at 124 mph (200 kmh), above crevasses, séracs, and glaciers. There, the reading of the terrain, the maneuvers in turns, and the dives are of extreme finesse. At the exit of the glacier, they still have a minute of flight over the forest, before opening up in the sky of Les Houches.
In this world first, performance is not only about finding the optimal line and flying close to the terrain. It is also about maintaining the three-man formation. All this is possible thanks to the communications that we hear in the video. Precise and fast exchanges, facilitated by the Cardo Systems wireless communications system, immerse the spectator even more in the action.