The first edition of the X-Fly Mont Blanc took 65 competitors on a bivouac race from Gresse en Vercors to Plaine Joux near Chamonix over 5 days. Designed as a cross between a travelling competition and a mini X-Alps, the event lived up to its promise by delivering challenging tasks that had to be covered on foot or in the air. Some launches involved vertical climbs of 1,000 metres, with more climbing or long walks in between flights. Gérald Bertoli and JC Skiera from the Annecy club Les Chamois Volants took Geo 2’s with them on their adventure, either walking for over 8 hours or thermalling hard over the Alps.
JC reports : “The wing proved to be highly stable in turbulent summer conditions during the week and it really looked after me when I had to land in death valley at the back of the Aravis - that plus the low weight and small pack volume made it the perfect wing!”
In a field of mostly DHV 2’s or higher, JC finished a respectable 9th place, with Gérald close behind in 12th. Nice work, guys!
The event will be staged again next year, more details on www.x-fly.org
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