SNOWKITE TO ACCESS FREERIDE LINES | HOW TO XV

SNOWKITE TO ACCESS FREERIDE LINES | HOW TO XV


This is the magic ski lift and that’s the solution I’ve been looking for all my life. I feel there is so much potential
to cover big distances, the exploration potential of kiting is just crazy. Jerome Josserand is gonna teach me how to access a free ride line with a snow kite. Let’s go and get the wind. Alors, I put my kite in the wind Like that. And I put some snow on the wing. okay my wing is probably gonna be a lot more messy So cool. Easy. It’s very very easy. Nice. This is the magic ski lift and that’s a solution I’ve been looking for all my life. This is freaking cool. So there are two techniques the loop or the 8. The 8 is more for beginning, where you kind of 8 with your kite, but the problem is that it’s going to go outside of your window so it’s not going to be a constant traction. The real good technique when you get better and you really want to go up the mountain is to do some loops, because it’s gonna be, your kite is gonna stay in the window and it is going to be constant traction. In terms of harness, two options; either a water kite harness or a mountaineering harness Jerome told me about the potential but today in 15 minutes, we’ve covered a thousand meters of altitude I just let you imagine the potential of the whole thing! Snowkiting is really easy to learn but
you need to know how to react in a dangerous situation. The first is let’s go the bar. If you have a problem you let go the bar. And the second is the release, you pull it – tak – and look, it’s released. If really things are going completely crazy,
you’re just gonna release your leash and the kite can go away but at least you’re gonna be safe. If you’re a water kiter you might find
really easy to access the high alpines but you need to take into consideration that there are some risks that are really different from the water. One particularity of going up with the
wind, is that you’re in the wind so you’re not going to feel the wind itself, so you’re not gonna feel the power evolution, so it’s important to do some breaks all the way up, so that you can judge how the wind is increasing or decreasing. Not too much on the ridge, so not too much on the crest okay. Alright. One thing that struck me is that it’s so easy that it’s important for people to remember that all of a sudden in ten minutes you can find yourself at the top of a mountain in high alpine conditions. So if you’re a good kite surfer on water it’s important to learn a lot about all the potential dangers in the mountains and all the procedures that you need to take, to being able to be safe And let go, so now nothing can happen, I’m safe. Pull the fifth line, it’s gonna be enough once you’ve pulled two meters and secured it it’s gonna be enough to just pull all your kite, all the way back to you. Pack the bad boy in the bag, make sure you have a big enough bag. It’s been an incredible day, it’s been
even beyond what I could expect and to be honest I think it’s gonna change my way I see the mountains it’s like a world opening to me!