35 year old professional skier Matthias “Super Frenchie” Giraud has set a new world record by making the highest ever ski BASE jump, taking off from a serac cliff 4,359 metres up on Mont Blanc.
BASE jumping involves parachuting or wingsuit flying from a fixed structure or cliff. BASE stands for four categories of fixed objects from which a jump can be made: building, antenna, span, and earth (cliff). So Ski BASE jumps normally come in the final ‘E’ category. Due to the lower altitudes of the jumps compared to the ground level below, BASE jumping is significantly more dangerous than skydiving from a plane.
Matthias Giraud, who has previously BASE jumped off the Eiger in 2010 and the Matterhorn in 2011 spent last weekend climbing Mont Blanc, carrying his 20km of ski and parachute equipment up Mont Blanc.
I am super proud to announce the First ski BASE jump from the summit of Mt Blanc happened yesterday – June 24th 2019 at 9:45am filmed with Ivresse Films.This is the world record of the highest ski BASE jump.It also marks the first ski BASE jumping completion of the Alps Trilogy – Eiger, Matterhorn and Mt Blanc which I respectively did in 2010, 2011 and 2019.I skied the Mont Blanc north face and jumped off the serac next to the Roches Rouge at 4359m (14298ft) and landed on the Grand Plateau.Reaching the summit of the tallest mountain in Europe took 2 days using the classical route via Dôme du Goûter – a laborious process with 20kg of gear between BASE jumping equipment, ski equipment and mountaineering tools and was made possible with the help of my friend and Mountain Guide Alexandre Perinet. The serac measures only 60m and with 30% less oxygen at that altitude, the parachute opens much slower which meant I had to go for the fastest parachute opening possible #SuperFrenchie#ThuleCrew #LEKIusa #Blackcrows_Skis #RoxaBoots #Dynafit #OakleyPrizm #FlySquirrel
Posted by Matthias Giraud – Super Frenchie on Tuesday, 25 June 2019
He set off his descent from the 4810m summit at 9.45 am on Monday and skied about 450 vertical metres through powder fields to a serac next to the Roches Rouge at 4359m (14298ft) where he skied off the cliff, deploying his parachute.
Giraud landed his jump perfectly on his skis on the Grand Plateau below.
“The serac measures only 60m and with 30% less oxygen at that altitude, the parachute opens much slower which meant I had to go for the fastest parachute opening possible,” said Giraud.