Flying above the lost fjords
Actions carried out
Exploring and jumping from the Southern fjords.
Summary of the stopover
The South-Western fjords are plunging into the sea, hard to access. The vegetation is dense and extremely humid, here it rains 8 metres of water per year! We are stuck In Breaksea Sound since a week, no cliff is high enough for our Base jumpers. With a new wind coming in, we take the opportunity to go and explore another fjord. The wind is blowing less strongly now, and the sea seems calm. But Eric Peron, from the shore, had warned out that the wind would become more powerful, coming straight at us.
We are delayed, we are advancing at just 2 knots per hour. As we enter Doubtful Sound, the night arrives, before reaching Milford Sound where we will meet-up with Marion. Our only hope is a buoy indicated on the map. But wind gusts of 35 knots per hour hit us, with heavy rain not allowing us to see in front of us. Joseph and Ferry are at the front of the boat and use the torches to find the way ahead. We see something in front of us, it’s a boat! The buoy is already taken…it’s midnight, the wind is blowing and I cannot figure out the right orientation in the dark. The fjord is narrow, full of islands and I have no idea how to stop Maewan…
Maewan is the ideal basecamp to explore the planet in its most remote places. It is controlled with a master touch by Erwan , even in the most difficult conditions.
- Personal recordsolo expedition in Baffin (snowboard and wingsuit). Establishment of base jumps from the Walker pointe in the Grandes Jorasses, from the Matthewhorn and the South face of the Drus.
- Date of birth04/01/72
- Asset at seanot sick
- Sport Achievement with Maewan Wingsuit in New Zealand
Greenland, Kuriles, New Zealand, French Polynesia, to think I was afraid of “Jaws” as a child, but now I’m much better. However I can no longer drink Vodka since “Maewan aux Kuriles” (fortunately Chartreuse is one of the boat’s sponsors). Over the years Maewan has become a bit of a second home to me. My favourite sleeper is the one close to the engine, it reminds me (from a distance…) of my cat’s purr.
I’m proud to have launched the double-cabestantrend, to eradicate the epidemic of drifting(dingy or zodiac) and to be allowed to charge its batteries on board (even though it was after the captain).
- Distinguishing featureA hyper-active soul, Béber is often the one who makes the traces, sees through the round trip ,to get the best shots of the athletes who embark Maewan, and that's something! Curious (too much?), jack-of-all-trades (too much?), in any case impossible to sleep in, and therefore finds it difficult to stay up until 6am during a night out, however he is capable of emptying apacket freeze-dried fruit in a few seconds. Marion and Erwan have found the solution: special lunchboxes for Béber when he is on board.