Lessons from the islands
Actions carried out
Interventions in 4 educational structures to raise awareness among 120 children aged 8-13 on the importance of water and the associated pollution risks.
The writing of a thesis on geography, environment and sustainable development: “on the conflicts related to marine resource management and the fishing regulatory mechanisms”
Putting up hundreds of rock climbing routes and a via ferrata, topography of the caves, security and rescue workshops for climbing. Organisation of a big sports event to coordinate the totality of the local actors. Creation of a sustainable development chart.
Summary of the stopover
Polinesia consists of 118 islands in the Pacific Ocean. These volcanoes which come out of the water are surrounded by corals, which are the source of an extremely rich marine life. However, also here, far from everything, the fishing resources are running out. Despite the proliferation of terms for designating special fishing areas, the local inhabitants with their ancestral know-how remember how things used to be for their grandfathers. Mathilde joins us to understand their traditional resource management mechanisms to write her thesis. We end this stopover on Manihi, one of Tuamotu’s islands, where the wrong management of the resources led to the island’s present-day decline.
Back in Papeete, we put together a Dream Team for an incredible project on Makatea, the highest registered sea atoll, with high hoopes for a future based on sustainable eco-tourism.
I have never had the occasion to reach a place only accessible by boat. I found the idea behind the Makatea project unique and was curious to have a first experience on boat. I have spent my worst 27 hours on Maewan because of my seasickness. Despite this difficult moment where I emptied myself like never before, I have understood the particularity of sailing.
I was fascinated by life onboard, which made me think a lot at like on a Big Wall. Everything is in order and has its function. I have kept a warm memory of the expedition, especially when touching land again…
- Personal recordregularly in the top 10 of the boulder world coup. “Ultime Demence”, a route with several pitches in the 8th grade. Hotel Supramonte (250m-8b), Delicatessen (150m-8b), Silbergeier (200m-8b) and Orbayu (550m- 8c).
- Date of birth15/11/1986
- Asset at seabeing discrete on board with my vomit bag at hand
- Asset on landexplore the world and new environments
- Distinguishing featurePositive energy, frank as a Swiss knife
- Sport achievement with Maewandevelopment of an eco-tourism project on Makatea Island
I started the adventure by traversing from The Aber Wrac’h to Iceland, in winter. The starting idea was to go ice climbing from the boat. I had never sailed for more days, and in those harsh conditions with snow, cold, and big waves it has not been easy. For me, the important discovery of this expedition is the Sea. I hung in there without fleeing, and ultimately we have been able to touch some ice of Eskifjordur, on Iceland’s East Coast. Afterward, we went North-West but the ice had melted… now we had to go back. In the end, with Lionel Daudet we decided on to go back with our own means. We struggled to accost. There we realised that it was not that easy to do things from the boat! Ultimately, we were able to establish some new lines on some waterfalls, we called one “Maewan”. Four years afterward, I am back on the boat in Polynesia, and really happy to see what navigation looks like in these tropical conditions…feel like a holiday!
- Personal recordthe entirety of the Peuteurey route in winter, with the establishment of a new goulotte to exit on the Mont Blanc.
- Date of birth28/01/1978
- Asset at seaOn his second expedition with Maewan, he has been able to steer, manage the sails, and use the autopilot. He hopes to soon be able to cook the whole time!
- Asset on landCurious, has the explorer's soul
- Distinguishing featureTo never get angry except to demand to cool down
Being an adventurer and lover of big spaces, joining Maewan has been an easy pick. I knew the captain, Erwan, and together we went through some incredible adventures, which took place on land exploring the world’s mountains. Maewan has enabled us to have access to places only reachable by boat. Maewan is an incredible platform where athletes can come together to explore the world’s hidden places and at the same time educate the greatest number of people about sustainability and the environment.
- Personal recordIn 2014, winner of the “Golden Rhino” mountaineering award in China, plus first ascents of 6 summits between 5000 and 6000m in Sichuan Province, China. In 2015, first-ascent of “Patagonian Werewolves” Aiguille Guillaume (Patagonia, Argentina), first-ascent of Cogar Lapka 6,516m Tibet. In 2016, Nominated to the “Golden Carabiner” award in Brazil. In 2018: Gasherbum II in alpine style and without oxygen. In 2018/2019 winner of the “golden carabiner” award in Brazil for the best alpinist. Second ascent of the central couloir on the South-West face of Mt. Grosvernor in China.
- Date of birth2 octobre 1980
- Asset at seaSurfer for life
- Asset on landExplorer and adventurer. Searching for the unknown
- Distinguishing featurelately, blond-dyed hair (wanting to be a surfer) and a permanent smile on the face
- Sport achievement with MaewanI have probably eaten most fish on board
- SponsorsPetzl, Scarpa, Lyofood, The Clinic, Leadclimb Mountaineering School
Roctrip in Millau in 2016. After spending years participating just for fun and having shiny eyes watching all the Petzl athletes having fun in the ultimate famous routes, I am finally old enough (16 years old) to join them, thanks to Erwan who took me under his wing. In 2012, I meet Erwan, Guigui (Broust), and Said (Belhaj) again in the depth of China for a small-scale event in the Getu Valley. A privileged moment to celebrate my 22 years and create connections with wonderfully down-to-earth people. A few years later, Erwan embarks on a crazy project, not one like the many RocTrips he organised, but an adventure across the world that makes me dream and inspires me. I promise myself to take the time to join him a week or a month, to live these experiences that make life special. In the middle of my competition and university dissertation, I do not find the time but dare to embark as well on a dream trip. Two years traveling across the world to climb in remote places with my partner Josh…an insanity that would not have been able if I had not been inspired by Erwan’s audacity and passion. Throughout our travels, we stay in contact in the hope to cross our paths, almost succeeding various times. And then, towards the end of my trip, I receive an e-mail from Erwan, with many persons CC’d. I look at the list: talented and expert adventurers. The title of the mail: “Makatea island, a virgin Kalymnos in Pacific ocean”. Knowing Erwan, these are not overstated words. And there it is: I have the opportunity to live the adventure with Erwan. June 2019, I meet Marion and the others in Tahiti, where we embark at sea. I left motivated, although my seasickness (which I did not imagine to be so violent) soon took over and I spent the next 26 hours throwing-up on the deck and being socked by the agitated Ocean. At the end of this traverse, the water is calm and my stomach too. As we approach Makatea I meet Erwan who has spent the night on Maewan. I am so happy to see him and, joking (but seriously too) I scold him for what “he makes me do”! The journey was just starting, and despite the bad experience at the start, I was really happy to be there and finally be part of Maewan.
- Personal record: 6 times World Champion in climbing. 16 times French national champion for climbing. More than 650 routes between 8a and 9a. Bolted routes across the world.
- Date of birth18/08/1990
- Asset at seaContinuously sick, so to be found on deck 24h/24h, ideal to keep the skipper company!
- Asset on landopen to all exploration, discovery and physical effort.
- Distinguishing featureSmile and good humour in all situations
- Sport achievement with Maewandevelopment and social commitment on Makatea in june 2019
- Sponsors: my family, my husband and my dog Lulu. And Petzl, Mountain Hardwear, EB Climbing, Volx Climbing Holds, Luxov
The time spent in great spaces has contributed to shaping my young man’s spirit, growing-up in almost permanent contact with nature. My encounter with Erwan and Team Maewan has been an incredible chance. After a quick but calculated decision, I have had the chance to live one of the craziest adventures in my life in the most remote places offered by this beautiful world we inhabit. Maewan is a unique platform to guide youths through a kingdom of experiences and adventure, allowing one to reconnect with the environment and with the world we inhabit.
- Personal record2017: diploma in outdoor recreation and sport. In 2018, Technical mountaineering in New Zealand. Solo Mt Earnslaw, 2819m et navigation of Tasmania (Australia) towards New Zealand. In 2019 : Dôme Hochstetter, 2834m, Kane, 2660m, Mt Sealy, 2627m et navigation of Tahiti to rest crossing the Pacific.
- Date of birth25/01/1998
- Asset at seaoccasional fisher, part-time cook, trustworthy deck seaman, excellent at steering during bad weather
- Asset on landa free-spirit, constantly searching for new adventures with other enthusiasts
- Distinguishing featurealternative hair-cut, loves to crack open coconuts, speaks Aussie, not English
- Sport achievement with Maewansurf with 20 knots when arriving in New Zealand
- Sponsors Searching...
I have been lucky enough to be part of Maewan’s adventure on Makatea in June 2019. Speaking of adventure is a euphemism: I have reached the team after 15 hours spent on a fishing boat, and I found out I am definitively not a marine type. My initial disappointment for not being able to do the 28-hour traverse onboard of Maewan soon dissipated. Two incredible weeks followed, with the bolting of hundred of routes in a place with lots of climbing potential, being part of an incredibly motivated team. I have met all these incredible people in a context that would belittle your wildest dreams. It has been an incredible human adventure, thanks Maewan!
- Personal recordtwice world champion in 2019 and 2018 in the AU2 category
- Date of birth02/08/1992
- Asset at seaalmost none
- Asset on landclimb rocks and cliffs
- Distinguishing featureI miss a hand, have you found it by any chance among a group of sharks?
- Sport achievement with MaewanMakatea, June 2019
- SponsorsLe8assure, Petzl, Arkose, EB climbing
I heard about Maewan because of a friend (Nina Caprez) who came to see me in Leonido, my second home, last year and was participating in organising Maewan’s Makatea Vertical Adventure project. For 10 years, my passion has been bolting climbing routes.
This is what I could bring to the island as I participated in the adventure. It was a pleasure to be able to get to know Maewan’s actions more in-depth and how raising awareness about the environment, friendship, and human rights, in general, can be supported through outdoor sports.
- Distinguishing featureMy new Arc’teryx hat that I never take off.
- Date of birth03/07/1980
- Asset at seathe first-year student, has tried to survive seasickness
- Asset on landshell collector
- Sponsors my family
When Nina Caprez visited Leonido we immediately became friends. She immediately recognised my addiction to bolting new routes, access, and all the info needed to create a climbing guide, which was needed for the Makatea project to become THE climbing destination in the Pacific. Without hesitating, I have accepted the invitation, ready to give everything I could to the expedition. I had already met half the team in Leonido, so I was really happy to meet them again! To meet the beating hearts of “Maewan” and “Under The Pole” has been a great pleasure.
Thanks for every calm or windy hour spent at the harbour, on the ocean, and beyond. Your method seems to be the most ethical way of meeting our wider family living in remote places, allying games, education and ecology while learning about each other. A win-win situation where respect, laughter, and friendship become the foundation of every travel across the sea.
- Distinguishing featurea big hole in my stomach
- Date of birth10/10/1987
- Asset at seafirst-year student fascinated about organising life in a few squared metres while mastering the sail and the wind, chapeau!
- Asset on land throw tons of rock
- Sport Achievement with Maewanwake-up at 6am to go bolting under the rain
- Sponsors Panjika Cooperative
Maewan does not know any border. Suddenly, sea and land open-up to adventure, exploration…and climbing! No other sailboat has so many assets and such a competent team like Maewan. No matter the dream project you can think of!
- Personal recordIn 2019 : Planta de Shiva, 9b. In 2018 : Jumbo Love, 9b. More than 45 sport climbing routes in the 9th grade. Trad climbing up to 8b + Multi-pitch up to 8c. Boulder up to 8b +.
- Date of birth27/08/1985
- Asset at seaan iron stomach and an inextinguishable inner fire
- Asset on landaddicted to first-ascents, drags the rope faster than his own shadow
- Distinguishing featurebelow-average size and large smile
- Sport achievement with MaewanParticipated in the development of eco-tourism on Makatea Island with the establishment of hundreds of climbing routes
- Sponsors Arcteryx, La Sportiva
From Cap Horn to Everest, life is good between friends, family and dogs!
- Personal recordFrom 1974 to 2014, the highest 7 peaks as mountain guide.First French ascent of the Lhotse
- Date of birth13/12/1953
- Asset at seaexcellent in filling buckets with gastric material
- Asset on landThe art of living by the actions in the mountain
- Distinguishing featuretatooed Sagittarius
- Sport achievement with MaewanMakatea
- SponsorsPETZL, BEAL, ORTOVOX, SCHÖFFEL, ESPACE MONTAGNE à Saint Martin d’Hères
Maewan, a boat and its captain, Erwan. Maewan, an acquaintance and a companion. Maewan welcomed me in their adventure in the autumn of 2016, in the Bering Sea. Since then, Maewan has become part of my daily vocabulary. An extraordinary adventure with no boundaries, with fair human values, Maewan is one of the encounters that have marked my life’s evolution. Being on board Maewan is a true honour. An inextensible cocoon where sweat rhymes with warmth. Sharing with mooring.
Kite surfing, highline, climbing, sailing. Alaska, Shishmaref, Nome, Bering Sea, French Polynesia, The Marquesas Islands, Tahiti, Makatea, Rapa, Pitcairn Islands, Easter Island. The list is long and the memories even longer. The only downside of the story is that I still haven’t managed to get my hands on the stash of Chartreuse and Nutella.
- Distinguishing featureSeaman at hand
I got to know Erwan when I worked for Petzl (2001 to 2017). With Laurent Lafouche, we formed a “magic ” trio to bring out the best in communication and events: not only films, but alsoadvertisement, websites, and events, including the famous PetzlRocTrips. We have worked together for 10 years, always with great energy and creativity. I left the Petzl company shortly after Erwan, and it was a pleasure to be able to join the Maewan association, which represents my values for the environment, education, and sport.
- Distinguishing featureStory Organiser. Guillaume manages to gather a team (cameramen, photographers, actors, musicians...) to create stories to watch, live and listen to. With more than 20 years of experience in the field of image, film and web, Guillaume brings his creative touch to many of Maewan's projects, such as those in Greenland and Polynesia.
It was a truly incredible experience. I am forever grateful, to have been given the opportunity to work within this incredible community through the Makatea project put into place by Maewan. They managed to bring together an amazing team of 15 professionals from all over the world, who all share the same passion.
World class atheletes, photographers, film producers, journalists, educators, and the magic did its thing. Without a doubt one of the best and most productive trips I have ever done. An faultless organisation, whether it was transport, accommodation, food, but also the daily organisation of work for everyone.
My favourite memory is everybody’s joint effort towards a common goal: Makatea’s inhabitants, TheMaewan crew, the Acropol society, and the French Polynesian tourists during the inauguration event. We all felt connected, whether it was at the campsite, during the sports discovery events, or during the evening meals. It was one of the best experiences of all time, and I hope to be able to join them again sometime! I miss you all!
Great vibes your way…
Vous me manquez tous! Great vibes your way……
- Distinguishing featureWith his home in Squamish (British Colombia), Jimmy is equally a photographer, adventurer, athlete and father. “With the development of new technologies and the media, everything grows so fast. We can sometimes feel lost and forget what is really important. It is essential to believe in what we do, to take time to root ourselves and to be present to construct a world animated by passion and preservation of our environment.
16 years ago, I met Erwan at the foot of the Champagny-En-Vanoise ice fall. Six months later, we got to know each other better on a chalk cliff in Dover, slightly, where, in the presence of Sam Beaugey, he was testing dry-tooling for a report in the magazine Equipe. At the time, he already had the desire to go to sea… During the Roc Trips he organized for Petzl, including the memorable Chinese edition that earned him the nickname of xiexie (pronounced cheeky) Wawan, I learned to understand his phlegmatic humour that hides an incredible energy and ability to bring people together.
His projects are crazy. He probably is a little crazy. Still, I followed him to Alaska for an unforgettable crossing of the Bering Strait in 2016, then back to the Marquesas two years later. The third time at Makatea in June 2019 for this wonderful project to bring theisland back to life through rock climbing.The Makatea episode sums up “MaErwan”, which has become an extension of his sailboat: adventure at the end of the world, rock, water, solidarity and a great sense of commitment.
- Distinguishing featureCompulsive writer. Never leaves her small spiral notebook and ballpoint pen to ask millions of questions to anyone in her field of vision. Repeats often, not because she's deaf (that's for later), but to make sure she doesn't write nonsense. If there's an easy cliff lying around, she won't say no. If there's a valley that's not too steep for skiing or snowboarding, she always joins in. She can get on any boat, because she never throws up. That's good, because apart from cooking and eating, she doesn't know how to do much else on the water.
As an old friend of Erwan’s I was involved in the early stages of this project both in a literal and more figurative sense. The departure from Britanny and the extreme winter sailing into Iceland and Greenland were a solid beginning where my skills as an amateur sailor were put to the test! Since then I have followed with passion but from a distance, in the warmth of my sofa in the Alps, Maewan’s extraordinary adventures, the evolution of the project into an association. Today, it is with great joy and a emotion that I join the captain and his crew in the warm and isolated waters of Polynesia.
- Distinguishing featureAlways searching for the best deals, goodaccommodation, the most comfortable means of transport, the best local food…His investigative skills allow him to teach you the ancestral techniques of fishing, gathering and cooking, in just a few days, as if he had been doing it since he was a child.An opportunistic hunter and omnivore, he is more or less happy to try and hunt for dog-toothed tuna or coconuts crabs.