Participants/Team: This expedition
gathers 23 alpinists equipped with a solid experience
of high altitude. At the sides of the great names of
the mountain and adventure such as Patrick Bérhault,
Patrick Gabarrou, Eric Loizeau, Bruno Gallet, or the
explorer Maurice Thiney, two women and 16 men launched
out in the adventure to share the myth of the
marvellous Everest spectacle, meeting life with the
relief between sky and ground.
1 child: Chief expedition of Everest50, this journalist director of Glénat
Presses for Vertical and of Alpinisme & Randonnée, adds up 25 years of trade
in the press of mountain magazines. Holder of a licence of philosophy his
professional course passes by the first political weekly magazine of ecology
“Gueule Ouverte”, issued from Hara-Kiri in the middle of the Seventies.
back to the mountain and he discovers journalism specialized with “Alpinisme &
Randonnée” until 1985, after “Montagne Magazine”, and in 1989 “Vertical”.
Traveller with or without summits, we owe him ten works on the mountain which
remained throughout these years in the centre of its passions. In 1999 he
celebrated its 20 years of Nepal, which, with Tibet are his two territories of
predilection. Trekking, expeditions, he adds up some 25 round trips in these
grounds of the Himalaya (six trips to the Tibet since 1988). But the Everest
never accepted his dreams, Jean Mi has stopped twice at less than 50 meters
from the summit. He states to like all the mountains and the stories of
friendship which are held there. With Everest50, he wishes to finally be able,
at 51 years, to cross the 50 meters missed in 91 and 92 and to finish with
this fairy tale of the Everest. But overall, he is happy to have this good
occasion to address itself to the average public and pay tribute to the beauty
of the world of the mountains.
2 children: Guide of high mountain, professor at the National School of Ski
and Alpinism, he holds one of the best notebooks of French races. His course
of mountaineer passes by achievements of scale in climbing with ways of high
difficulty, by an extraordinary number of first rises in various alpine
massifs, and many unsurpassed winter sequences. His personal course adds also
the Himalaya, the Andes, and Africa, the climbing dance of which he carried
out the first spectacles. His Alpine Travel of autumn/winter 2000-01 is
undoubtedly the most well known by the average public : in almost 5 months, he
has crossed the alpine Arch by foot, from Slovenia to the Mediterranean, by
achieving the ascent of 22 of the large walls having marked the history of the
alpinism. Top of World was missed to this astonishing prize list, curiosity
and friendship animates him, many good reasons to leave.
1 child: Another challenge animates Dominique, to descend by surfing the
south-western face by its most direct way, towards camp 1, which means 2750m
of unevenness. Great surfer, he has participated to a surf alpinist expedition
in the Great Atlas of Morocco. Subscriber of the engaged descents of Isère
(France), Dom followed the formations guide on average mountain and initiation
to surfing mountaineer of the GRETA. This expedition is for him the dreamed
occasion to combine this strong experience with more people who practice
surfing mountaineer, his favourite discipline.
married, 2 children: This engineer from La Rochelle impassioned of mountain
and adventures in any kind. He practises the climbing in family, the ski
touring with the buddies, the mountain lonely. This attentive father of family
is far from being a neophyte. With six ascents to 6.000m summits, the
Dhaulagiri in 1992 (7.500m) and several expeditions all around the world,
Daniel is a very serious candidate to the summit. “Ten years after my last
expedition to the Dhaulagiri, this project to the Everest, and more over in
binomial with a Sherpas, is the most beautiful one I can imagine to join again
the high altitude. It is the promise of a relation registered in the duration
with truths moments to share. It lets predict the birth of a common history,
as always very strong when it is born in these high places.”
Behind this sweet young girl, student at the DEA, a serious character is
hidden. Laetitia will belong to the female duet, and hopes not to remain
behind. Impassioned of mountain and of writing, she will be one of our relays
and will try to report her adventure while carrying out the ascent of the
highest mountain of the world.
2 children: The prize list of this Lyonnais insurer is already impressive :
Ascent of the Kilimandjaro (5.900m), Cotopaxi and Cnimborazo (6.300m), Oros
del Salado (6.900m), Kun (7.000m), Mustagmata (7.500m) and Gasherbrum II
(8.000m). The Everest ascent is like the apogee of his course.
1 child: He was at Everest Base Camp ten years ago. At the foot of this
mountain, he was reached by the news of the death of his “hearth brother”
Alexis Long. This is one of the reasons why he comes back. High Mountain
guide, it is difficult to summarize in some lines the contents of his courses:
300 first ascents of which 3 at the Cervin, 3 at the Grandes Jorasses and over
15 at the Mont Blanc, Patrick is known for his experience and its particular
attachment to the mountain and to his friends. With Everest 50 he is happy to
leave in ropes with a Sherpas, to remind his ascent to the Pic Sans Nom
(7.900m, Annapurna) with Pemba Norbu ; as he likes to state “years after that,
this remains : a harmony, a straightness. And friendship.”
2 children: Architect, he is also high mountain guide and ski monitor. Friend
of long date of Jean-Michel Asselin since they do not have less than 3
attempts in common on the Everest. Practising many diversions, he sails
between realization of films and takes part since a long time to many
expeditions. He has 4 attempts to the Everest, the Gurla Mandata (7.760m West
Tibet) and Island Peak (a Nepalese 6.000m). Motivated by the human dimension
of the framing, he will attempt once again, the summit. After two attempts and
two failures at 8.200m and 8.800m, he likes to remind everyone (as Jean-Mi)
that he has 16 summits at 8.000m and one at 8.700m without oxygen. It is
useless to say that he hopes to arrive at the top!
married, 3 children: From SAMU (urgencies) to the Guyana forest, from Kosovo
and Gaza, this urgencies doctor, representative of Médecins du Monde in
Palestina really likes the adventure. He is the person in charge for the
medical team, as well as a specialist in high altitude. Régis wants, overall,
realize a dream in order to share it with his children.
2 children: Initiator of this expedition, Daniel is with Jean-Michel Asselin,
head of team of Everest50, looking for partners, general administration
and assembly of the media. Producer and conductor of TV programs since more
than 10 years, he has already organised some good adventures as French rafting
Grand Prix, French Raid Junior, expedition member of the first ascent to
summit III of Amnye Machen (Tibet) in 2001… It is during this expedition that
he tested for the first time a portable studio in the desert. This hedonist
man full of energy and inexhaustible ideas loves before all the life and
awaits only happiness of this ascent.
A family affair. The youngest climber of this expedition but this is not his
first experience. After the Mont Blanc at 11 years old, he went to the Amnye
Machen, and his adventures carried him out to all over the world (Thailand,
Reunion, China,…). Curious about everything he will benefit from this
expedition to bring back new experiences: discovery of himself and observation
of the others. The promiscuity of the base camp will be a beautiful occasion
to make a sociological study.
Intern of the Civil Old people's homes of Lyon, Aude has taken an availability
of 6 months for her studies (preparation of an experimental protocol of high
altitude with professor Richalet, Paris XIII) and Everest50 expedition. She
has a good training by many ways in the Mont Blanc, expeditions to Bolivia,
Morocco, and Nepal. She knows well Everest and Annapurna’s Base Camps, as well
as high altitude with the Aconcagua (Argentina) 6956m in 2001. With this
project, she concretises her dream to combine her passion for the phenomena of
hypoxia related to the high altitude with her irresistible attraction for this
2 children: High mountain guide and ski monitor, Marcel started with a
technical CAP. He then worked for a club of ski touring where he became
trainer. But very soon, mountain sports took more and more importance. A first
attempt to the Everest in 1991 and many summits of more than 6.000m, in Nepal
and Africa gave away with his other occupations. Along with Everest50, he
hopes to share a strong moment with a welded team and sympathetic nerve.
Professional skier, Brice has already an eloquent prize list. 5 years with the
French acrobatic ski team, Europe champion in 1995, he also won the X games at
the USA in 1999. Travels and reading fill its life without forgetting the
music which accompanies him in all his travels. Many expeditions to Caucasus,
at the Spitzberg or Kazakhstan. With Everest50, Brice is ready to put on his
skies at the Everest top. A challenge that he hopes to fulfil.
2 children: Highly skilled navigator, he organizes since many years the Trophy
of Sea and Mountain where the elite of the navigators and the French
mountaineers meets. Adventures, going beyond of oneself, limits led to the
extreme… known and well known experiences performed by this adventurer who has
already participated to a great numbers of Raids, such as Raid Gauloises.
Having the opportunity to share an adventure with his friends Jean-Mi and
Daniel, to reach the Top of the World, to discover Nepal and its inhabitants,
Eric’s motivations are very profuse.
Impassioned mountaineer, skiing and climbing instructor, guide on average
mountain, Guillaume has already carried out beautiful adventures : Andes and
Mongolia crossing by foot, Tibet and Nepal by bicycle and kayak. This
expedition will make possible for him to taste higher altitudes, to celebrate
the mountain and the fiftieth anniversary, but especially to carry out one of
his dreams and to continue the next ones.
HEC graduated in 1993, his professional career sails between the councils in
fusion/acquisition for foreign companies and a very broad activity of naval
officer within the French special forces. His leisure are sports with much
footing, squash, and obviously a lot of mountain. With races principally at
the Mont Blanc, this is the first great expedition of Nicolas. A discovery of
Himalaya and high altitude.
3 children: From earth to stars, this researcher in agriculture, impassioned
mountain and of astronomy postulated, a few years ago as astronaut to the CNES.
The ascent of the Everest will bring him closer to the sky and his dreams.
Official photographer of the expedition, impassioned snowboarder, and
mountains and great slopes, this man from Grenoble began at Vertical magazine
at gear heading. After some big races at the Alpes, he remains perched in the
top of the summits. After that, he travelled all around the world, by skiing
and climbing (Morocco, USA, Hawaii, Japan, Thailand, India) and a first
Himalayan expedition to the Shishapangma along with Jean-Mi Asselin. This was
the beginning of a real good friendship and expeditions history (Gurla
Mandata) which leads them today to the top of the world. Curiosity,
friendship, passion led him to join the Everest50 team and, of course, the
willing to be on the summit edge.
4 children: TV series producer, Jean Marc has signed a lot of successful TV
series such as the Cordiers on TF1 (French channel). His history with the
mountain began when he was looking for locations during the shooting of “Les
Louves” at Chamonix, in 1995. Since then, he has not stopped expeditions,
overall in Himalaya, with his roped friends, Bruno Gallet and Jean-Michel
Asselin. Amateurs climbers, Cho Oyu is his first experience, followed by 4
more ascents. He climbed up to 7.800m, and has never done the Everest, he
hopes to climb as high as possible, with his little camera!
He is the explorer of the expedition. Member of the French Association of
Explorers, he has travelled around more than 53 countries in 20 years. A real
adventurer, he travels and meet new people with always the same liking for
discovering the world. He has shared moments of life with the Akas, Méos,
Lissus, Yaos or Karens from Thailand, with the refugees from Laos at the
Golden Triangle, with Indians, Lapland, Tibetans, Baduis tribes in Indonesia,
and so on. Selected in 1992 for the French Olympic Team of Triathlon, he
finished 3rd French. In November 2002, he participated to the championship of
the world in Mexico and finishes 9th, an Olympic shape!
little story, the first ascent of Maurice took place at the Himalaya in 1985,
with the Island Peak ascent (6.189m). A trip which will be the detonator of
his career. “The 33 days I spent with the Sherpas will remain as a decisive
moment in my life… When I came back, I understood that nothing was going to be
the same, and I became obligatorily different from the others. The attraction
towards these people, these ethnos groups, these tribes said not civilized is
irresistible for me.”
He is the climber who gave the European dimension to this expedition. Mario
has travelled all around the world (Nepal, Antarctica, Chile, Peru, Mexico,
Bolivia…). At 50 years old, he feels ready to climb the Everest and wants also
improve his French.
Christophe Van Waes
Expedition cameraman, Jean Christophe is, before everything, an adventurer. He
has already tried twice to climb the Everest, he did the magnetic North Pole
by foot, Kilimandjaro’s ascent and more expeditions. Everest50 is, for him,
the occasion to discover the world of the highest summit, a dream that comes