Great Alpinists: Jean-Marc Boivin - Copyright: René Robert

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Great Alpinists: Jean-Marc Boivin

Jean-Marc Boivin

Jean-Marc Boivin was one of the best climbers of his generation. I got to follow him around the world during about ten years. Although I am nearly 50 now, I still owe him a lot of wonderful memories.

On top of being an exceptional climbers, Jean-Marc was also really into base jump, hang-gliders and parachute. Early in his career, he decided that those were the best way to come down of a mountain after climbing on top of it.

He died in 1990 in Venezuela, trying to rescue an injured base-jumper by jumping himself. He has been missed by all of us ever since.

Selected Pictures

Hang-Glider

Probably one of the fastest way to get to the foot of any mountain before climbing it.

  • Chamonix - Les Grands Montets

Jump

Jumping from as high as possible a cliff was one of Jean-Marc's favourite game.

  • Mont Blanc Massif - Le surplomb du marteau

Jean-Marc

Jean-Marc Boivin, probably the best of his generation.

  • Chamonix

Preparations

Getting ready for another performance.

  • Chamonix - Mer de glace

Another jump

Perfect timing for the opening of the parachute.

  • Switzerland - Barrage d'Emosson

Skiing down

After climbing a mountain, what's the quickest way to get down so you can do another ascent the same day ?

  • Chamonix