The 31 year old is a certified UIAGM/IFMGA mountain guide as well as a mountaineer/explorer. While Mathieu comes from a ski mountaineering background (a member of France’s national youth team for several years) he very quickly developed a much more intense pursuit of the mountains.
From big walls in Mexico to the Himalaya, by way of ice climbs in China, he likes to travel and to partake in every style of climbing/mountaineering.
In spite of his many talents, Mathieu prefers to focus his energy on mountaineering, and participating in expeditions pushes him to train hard and improve to be able to attempt ever more difficult, committing, and creative ascents.
His most amazing accomplishments include:
- “Logical Progression,” in 2007, a bolted big wall free climb in Mexico. “4 relaxing days to climb the route.”
- “Mount Dickey, Northeast Arête,” Alaska, in 2008, 6 days spent on the steepest of walls, “an all-around great atmosphere where everything went smoothly, just like in the Himalaya.”
- The first ascent of “Théorème de la Peine,” (“Pain Theory”), a technical line climbed in alpine style on the southwest face of Latok 2 (7150 m) in Pakistan in 2012.
- The first ascent of the first route on the south face of Gaurishankar (7134 m) in Nepal in 2013. Climbed in alpine style.
His reason for participating in the project:
“For the last ten years, Erwan has been dragging me along on his hair-brained projects, each one more outrageous than before. I always enjoy heading out with him and have discovered what it really means to live life to the fullest, that our only limits are those we place on ourselves. Thanks to him, I have been able to travel to the four corners of the planet, meet incredible people, and even discover Brittany (Editor’s Note: Northwestern France)!
When he told me about Maewan, I knew immediately that it was a great opportunity. The sailboat will allow us to access places where we would have never otherwise been able to go climbing.”