We went to jump Panoramix (an exit Pierre opened with Jean-Michel Peuzin in 2008, in two pieces). He didn’t jump it again after the opening in 2008, and two weeks ago we went to see again this exit, for a future jump in Mono.
Nothing particular at the exit, no wind, no slippery rock, us smiling and concentrating on the jump as usual. We decide to jump in two way, me behind him.
After the exit I see something is wrong with Pierre. His left leg is straight, but his right leg was bent (too much force on the exit?. It offsets it on the right edge when he got into the track position, turn to the right, off center even more, he kicked his legs in the bend and this put him on his back and then he impacted after 6 sec against the cliff in half-face track on the back. His parachute opened on impact, which took him down the cliff. He died instantly. He did not suffer. He was accompanied to the end.
He was a very skilled base-jumper, opened a lot of exits, always here to share his experience, loved by everyone who met him.
It’s a great loss for the french base community
Can you help us with incident interpretation? We are interested in any details regarding personal experience, gear, weather conditions and any other circumstances related to the incident.