Between sailors and mountain people, the intimate bond of adventure and humility

INVESTIGATION – Like Franck Cammas, many sailors are also accomplished at altitude. Guided by the same thirst for confronting the elements and surpassing oneself, some skiers or mountaineers leave the summits to set off to conquer the oceans.

The ultimate impulse is perilous, the balance precarious. After a few minutes of an acrobatic tête-à-tête with the rock, the horizon finally emerges above the ridge. Bathed in sunshine, the Ecrins massif rises in majesty. Below, the White Glacier unrolls its immaculate tongue. Sublime but labile, subject to an inexorable decline due to global warming (1 km lost since 1986, 5.2 km long today).

The discovery of this breathtaking panorama well deserved a climbing session, rated 3 out of 9 on the difficulty scale. “Always worth it”, smiles Franck Cammas. Placed on the Aiguille Pierre-Étienne, 2,967 m above sea level, the usual playground of his exploits, the navigator scrutinizes the peaks. Two weeks before the start of the Transat Jacques Vabre (this Sunday in Le Havre), Charles Caudrelier, coskipper of the maxi-trimaran Edmond de Rothschild, and traded their boots for crampons. For four days they will travel

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