I don't know if
being born premature is a sign to explain the person's nature to
love traveling and exploration. But if it's the case, one should
have told me before my 25 years old, age at which I really got caught
by the traveling' syndrome. Before that, my holidays were rather
resting at the beach with my parents or the boy scouts camps. Boy
scouts was the only activity to put me into contact with nature
until the end of my studies.
The trigger happened in several
steps. I just reached my quarter of a century when my boss proposed
me a project in Singapore. I wasn't able to put this country on
a map. A colleague who just came back from it advised me to take
scuba diving lessons, what I did when I arrived in the cosmopolitan
city. I was exited and charmed by the unknowns of the underwater
world. 6 months later I was divemaster and I had dived into 4 different
countries. When traveling around is South East Asia for the bests
diving spots, I became aware of the backpackers' way of traveling,
these young people traveling for long periods hopping from one country
to another with a round the world ticket. I wanted to do the same
I left Europe to Oceania during
mid 2004 carrying all my scuba gear to dive as most as possible.
A few weeks before departure, I went to Ireland to visit a friend
who told me to bring my hiking boots to hike the Wiclow Mountains
near Dublin. I never had these shoes and it was the sales so I took
the opportunity to buy some hiking equipment. I knew I would need
it in New Zealand, the country where I could see the landscapes
of "the Lord of the Rings" by foot. I bought a hiking
guide upon arrival in Australia and I started walking. I enjoyed
being doing efforts for hours and to see new stunning countryside
without seeing signs of civilization. I quickly realized I had to
how all my photos in an exhibition back home as it was so different
from my home country. I motivated myself during 1 year and I didn't
take a single break as I felt working 12 hours per day. My first
contact with adventure movie was "Alone across Australia"
from famous Australian adventurer Jon Muir. I was inspired by the
beauty of the challenge and realized it is extremely rewarding to
do something uncommon in harmony with nature while finding your
own survival limits.
After a year of traveling, I set
up an exhibition in France. I met professionals from "exploration
du monde" (group of independent traveling film makers doing
conferences and showing there movies all over the French speaking
countries) who were quite impressed by my achievements. They invited
me to attend film projections and to meet speakers-directors. After
meeting Sylvain Tesson, French writer adventurer, I started to think
my dreams could become realizable projects. I started to enjoy learning
about the new adventurers-explorers and set up my own projects.
Back in Australia in 2006-2007,
I realized my first 3 adventures-expeditions. You can discover the
future on this site
|This part describes people, texts, quotes, events,
films etc. that had an influence on me.
The fear of risky and
There are 2 kinds of fears: the one paralyzing and the one warning
from danger. The first often prevents the majority of the people
to surpass themselves. The second opens the door to unknown emotions
to the majority. Moments V. Renard, mountain guide, defines as intense
moments of pleasure that one only can feel after being put in a
position of mortal risk. The quest of sensations, would it be the
only driving force behind these extraordinary sportsmen? Don't they
have dreams of glory or appetite for rapidly gained fortunes?
of the VIF l'EXPRESS, Belgian magazine
"The reason why I love
the sea I cannot explain. It's physical. When you dive, you begin
to feel like you're an angel."
|The Dogme95 charter and its 3 first Danish films:
Festen, Idioterne, Mifunes Sidste Sang.
charter describes the rules shoot real films without special effects
where emotions prevail. These films are respectively from Thomas
Vinterberg, Lars Von trier and Søren Kragh-Jacobsen
|The film Touching the Void
story about English mountaineers Joe Simpson & Simon Yates during
the ascent and descent of the Siula Grande in 1985 in Peru. One
of the best mountain rescue story
Weezer (Blue), Green Day (Dookie),
The Rentals (7 more minutes, The Return), K's Choice (Paradise in
me), Tears for Fears (Greatests Hits)
I listened to over a 100 times, providing me with courage for my
|Jon Robert Muir, Australian adventurer
probably the most complete adventurer. The Everest, the North and
South Pole and the first ever unassisted crossing of Australia.
128 days from Port Augusta to Burketown
« If ones want, every
dream can become a project. Then, one can cut the project in smaller
ones, and take them one by one, like you climb the mountain into
steps. Too many people think they're imprisoned of their lifes.
They're wrong. We can all be free, especially us Europeans, really
privileged. It only depends on us to go out off the beaten track
|Extract of page
77 of le VIF/L’EXPRESS N°2802 of 18/2/2005
Quote of Maud Fontenoy, who rowed from Lima in Peru to Hiva
Oa, Marquesas Islands. She also rowed across the Atlantic Ocean.
AM INTERESTED IN THE FOLLOWING TOPICS OR SUBJECTS :
The stories of fellow travellers, adventurers,
and challenges of normal people to famous explorers. I think going
to the summit of the Everest is not important but to do the maximum
with what we have is. And this while respecting thelocal culture
and nature. I respect records and challenges having a cultural
or educational purpose and that are made without harming other
lifes or the environment.
The preservation of our environment, long term
thinking on our human development and trying to minimise our energy
consumption (water, electricity, waste). We have to reduce it
before it's too late !!! Visit my links to know how you can help.
We must find alternative solutions to the car and maybe encourage
a new form of nomadism, this freedom busy people lost.
Music is my stress removal with chocolate. I
do not play any instruments. I listen rather to punk-pop-rock
or good techno. I can whistle or blow in a harmonica but be careful
of your ears.
I don't watch much television, only really interesting
shows, the news or documentaries. Some movies, no sport but I
like watching the worldcup. I prefer doing sport even if I don't
do any since 1994 but I keep myself fit and I don't rust.
I don't read much, only magazines and some articles.
I like to create, my main hobby is to convert an idea or dream
into a project and to realize it. . I started reading adventure
books, they inspire me, make me travel even more and I am aware
men will never stop exploring.
I am interested in cinema. I'd like to shoot
small reportages or stories I woud have written.
I love to be in harmony with the surrounding
nature. Solo trekking in Oceania allowed me to surpass me, to
see stunning landscapes and to observe wild animals in their habitat.
Scubadiving is my recent passion. This fear of
being confronted to the unknowns life under water fascinates me.
We are not meant to be there in this liquid but it's worth the
risk to be there. Respecting this world and the diving rules are
important to come back on the surface with no incident. Nowadays,
more and more people become certified divers. I hope we're not
changing the behavior of fish towards us. We come from the oceans,
it's time humanity understands this and do something to preserve
the orgin of life on earth.
I like art in and especially modern or contemporary
art. I often visit museums and art galleries.