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freediving Dahab

i finally found an excuse or a kick to go to tropical places. I always found it boring unless at some moon parties. Surf windsurf and kite surf are fun , it is a long learning curve, heavy expensive clumsy gear to carry around travelling. Like skiing. Scuba diving seems a bit boring. Freediving is cheap, light , gear easy and business starts at 5 meters down …it is fully immersive, immediate, intense and extreme. Freediving is a huge work on self. Isolated, pressure , depleted of oxygen in a complete new environment with weird noises, odd body feelings . loosen up or freak out and turn around. People don’t go anywhere deep unless fully calm and tuned up. It is an intense forced meditation. Perfect for my anxiety and other PTSD like syndrome. I started in Dahab, south Sinai. It is a bit random, a friend mentioned it , easy and cheap to get too. They have a blue hole which goes straight to 95 meters down. The entire fishing village is a world center destination for freediving, scuba diving. Dahab used to be part of the Nabataean Kingdom , mostly bedouins having a good time from 300 B.C until 106 A.D when the Roman took over and ruined everything . Then the Ottoman came around and imposed their rules, culture and religion. The israeli came in after WW2 and now Egypt. There is an odd mix of culture , rather entertaining. South Sinai is the only part of Egypt situated in Asia. The peninsula acquired the name due to the assumption that a mountain near saint catherine monastery (Roman invasion) is the biblical mount Sinai. Assumption largely contested . The ancient égyptien and bedouins called it “ta mefkat “ or land of turquoise. Turquoise mined not in this turquoise water but in the red limestones mountains you see in the background since at least 3000 BCE. Logic was strong back then. Dahab is mostly bedouin and less Egyptian it seems, a more chilled attitude , very bohemian, the town is very cozy, like a small fishing port without much concrete. People are very nice and everyone is settled back. The water is turquoise, the mountains are red, multicolored fishes everywhere, corals and good food. There is prayer 5 times a day. And plastic trash and other cig butt all over. By comparison Sharm el sheik seemed more like a concrete jungle, expensive, check points everywhere and stressed out Egyptians. I took my classes at the dahabfreediving center who are an awesome cosmopolite crew of passionate freediving bums. The center and classes are tight and very pro. Each coach have their own style which makes it fun . Some were better at pushing me other good at relaxing me and showing me good technique. My progress was a bit slow due to my sinuses exploding a couple of times. It was very fun and i am ready for more.

Dahab is very often windy so windsurfers and kitesurfer have a blast

One of the main subject of the free diving courses is safety. Diving partner need to be able to dive 1/3 of the diver goal depth and follow the ascent looking for signs of loss of motor control or black out and act accordingly . It also helps the diver on the climb to relax. It’s nice on the climb up to see a relaxed body and I usually mimic it , neck and torso loosen up. Tension and stress use oxygen …

the blue hole goes from abruptly from ankle deep to 95+meters. All the big guys hang out there . It is a great spot outside of town.

that girl is climbing back up from 60 meters which starts being extreme

On the last day of Miguel Lozano workshop we all had a bedouin dinner in the desert

my first shot was this. Dahab is beautiful and cute but the trash management is a disaster. Trash don’t get picked everyday and the cats dogs goat and wind get into it first. It is everywhere. I dont think this will be resolved until the international industry stop producing plastic or other non biodegradable products.


Boss des bosses. Verbier. 2019

that was really fun!


January

January was as hectic as December if not more. Massive amount of precep, rain, wind, snow . 100 of chalets evacuated, avalanche’s wind blowing chalet out, 2 lifts broken, some buried, road broken. Chamonix mostly closed, twice under avi level 5. We spent most of that time skiing Pavillon in italy , in the lowers hellbroner (skyway) feeling somewhat safe or not (it just happened to be open), eating pizza, drinking beers, enjoying the sun the few time it was around. I was mostly in the dark, sometime under heavy snow falling, testing the limitations of my cameras/lens and my abilities… I had One day only up the aiguille du midi skiing a valley blanche. The other few good sunny days, i was working. I also took pictures of the new marker binding release event …… some images are redundant with previous post. Photos in total disorder. During a couple of sunny windows, a lot of the argentiere basin steep runs got skied. I had to work shuttling people around most those days but that is hope.

marker alpinist

marker alpinist

marker alpinist

marker alpinist

stian hagen

stian hagen

griffin post

griffin post

Ross Hewitt, Colter Hinchliffe, Griffin Post, Davide De masi, Tim Durtschi, Dave Searle, Dyane Devey, Johanna Stalnacke,

Colter Hinchliffe

Colter Hinchliffe

Colter Hinchliffe

Colter Hinchliffe

Dyane Devey

Dyane Devey

Colter Hinchliffe

Colter Hinchliffe

Ross Hewitt, Colter Hinchliffe, Griffin Post, Davide De masi, Tim Durtschi, Dave Searle, Dyane Devey, Johanna Stalnacke,

Griffin Post

Griffin Post

Colter Hinchliffe

Colter Hinchliffe

Griffin Post

Griffin Post

Griffin Post

Griffin Post

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griffin post

Colter Hinchliffe

Colter Hinchliffe

ross hewitt

ross hewitt

Colter Hinchliffe

Colter Hinchliffe

Griffin Post

Griffin Post

Colter Hinchliffe

Colter Hinchliffe

Griffin Post

Griffin Post

Griffin Post

Griffin Post

Colter Hinchliffe

Colter Hinchliffe

Ross Hewitt, Colter Hinchliffe, Griffin Post, Davide De masi, Tim Durtschi, Dave Searle, Dyane Devey, Johanna Stalnacke,

Griffin Post

Griffin Post

davide demasi

davide demasi

Colter Hinchliffe

Colter Hinchliffe

Griffin Post

Griffin Post

Colter Hinchliffe

Colter Hinchliffe

Griffin Post

Griffin Post

Colter Hinchliffe

Colter Hinchliffe

Dyane Devey

Dyane Devey

Colter Hinchliffe

Colter Hinchliffe

Griffin Post

Griffin Post

Johanna Stalnacke

Johanna Stalnacke

Griffin Post

Griffin Post

Johanna Stalnacke

Johanna Stalnacke

Griffin Post

Griffin Post

Ross Hewitt, Colter Hinchliffe, Griffin Post, Davide De masi, Tim Durtschi, Dave Searle, Dyane Devey, Johanna Stalnacke,

Colter Hinchliffe

Colter Hinchliffe

Griffin Post

Griffin Post

Colter Hinchliffe

Colter Hinchliffe

dave searle

dave searle

dave searle

dave searle

Griffin Post

Griffin Post

Griffin Post

Griffin Post

Colter Hinchliffe

Colter Hinchliffe

Colter Hinchliffe

Colter Hinchliffe

jeremy bogen

jeremy bogen

Griffin Post

Griffin Post

Colter Hinchliffe

Colter Hinchliffe

Colter Hinchliffe

Colter Hinchliffe

Colter Hinchliffe

Colter Hinchliffe

ben briggs

ben briggs

Griffin Post

Griffin Post

davide demasi

davide demasi

Colter Hinchliffe

Colter Hinchliffe

Colter Hinchliffe

Colter Hinchliffe

Colter Hinchliffe

Colter Hinchliffe

Colter Hinchliffe

Colter Hinchliffe

Tim Durtschi

Tim Durtschi

Colter Hinchliffe

Colter Hinchliffe

Colter Hinchliffe

Colter Hinchliffe

Tim Durtschi

Tim Durtschi

Tim Durtschi

Tim Durtschi

Tim Durtschi

Tim Durtschi

Colter Hinchliffe

Colter Hinchliffe

Colter Hinchliffe

Ross Hewitt, Colter Hinchliffe, Griffin Post, Davide De masi, Tim Durtschi, Dave Searle, Dyane Devey, Johanna Stalnacke,

dave searle

dave searle

Tim Durtschi

Tim Durtschi

Colter Hinchliffe

Colter Hinchliffe

Ross Hewitt, Colter Hinchliffe, Griffin Post, Davide De masi, Tim Durtschi, Dave Searle, Dyane Devey, Johanna Stalnacke,

moo bar


Black and white album 2

experiment on a 2 weeks images…

dave searle

dave searle

tim durtschi

tim durtschi

tim durtschi

tim durtschi

tim durtschi

tim durtschi

colter hinchliff

colter hinchliff

colter hinchliff

colter hinchliff

colter hinchliff

colter hinchliff

colter hinchliff

colter hinchliff

tim durtschi

tim durtschi

colter hinchliff

colter hinchliff

colter hinchliff

colter hinchliff

ben briggs

ben briggs

colter hinchliff

colter hinchliff

colter hinchliff

colter hinchliff

colter hinchliff

colter hinchliff

colter hinchliff

colter hinchliff

griffin post

griffin post

davide demasi

davide demasi

griffin post

griffin post

griffin post

griffin post

griffin post

griffin post

colter hinchliff

colter hinchliff

griffin post

griffin post

griffin post

griffin post

griffin post

griffin post

colter hinchliff

colter hinchliff

dyane dvy

dyane dvy

griffin post

griffin post

colter hinchliff

colter hinchliff

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griffin post

griffin post

griffin post

colter hinchliff

colter hinchliff

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griffin post

griffin post

griffin post

colter hinchliff

colter hinchliff

colter hinchliff

colter hinchliff

colter hinchliff

colter hinchliff

colter hinchliff

colter hinchliff

griffin post

griffin post

johanna smilla stalnacke

johanna smilla stalnacke

davide demasi

davide demasi

colter hinchliff

colter hinchliff

griffin post

griffin post

colter hinchliff

colter hinchliff

colter hinchliff

colter hinchliff

griffin post

griffin post


aiguille du midi morning TV

aiguille du midi, mallory, chamonix , north face

tof henry

aiguille du midi, mallory, chamonix , north face

arthur ghilini , tof henry, millet papy, leo slemmett waiting for a slab to go…


skiers

mont blanc, chamonix, skin

skinning

mont blanc, chamonix, skin


Unlimited Festival

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Black crows ski have been hosting this festival for many years now. It used to be an intimate home made 3 days bacchanal called the black week end with sweet DJs and crowd. This is now a full blown (mostly) electronic music festival with cutting edge sound designers and huge crowd. As usual, my procrastinating punished me, i didn’t get that “black bracelet” on time allowing drinks and entry to all events for cheaper…i had to choose which and what without costing my arms and legs. Luckily, my wish was on heavy , dark industrial techno berliner Berghain resident Marcel Dettman, playing 3 times with 2 free events. It is easy to find good house music or dance music in any event but techno is far harder. Marcel dettman is a sure thing. Under the same MDR/Ostgut-Ton label, answer code request was playing as well. the cherry on the cake. (on the techno ostgut-ton label, ben Klock was here as well but i missed him)

For me the festival started at the aiguille du midi. Which happened to be my first time up there this season. Yes, kinda unreal but a mix of bad season leading to work a lot and my bad attitude had this happen …what a treat to be partying up there…

unlimited festival, black crows , chamonix, aiguille du midi

unlimited festival, black crows , chamonix, aiguille du midi

unlimited festival, black crows , chamonix, aiguille du midi

The most defining moment was at the refuge de lognan , me and Nate at a table when answer code request (Patrick Gräser) started with playing that song. The scenic, clouds, the song . This is where i fell in love. What followed was pretty amazing . Precise bass in an outstanding setting in the privacy of a mountain refuge…priceless.

answer code request, unlimited festival, black crows , chamonix, aiguille du midi

answer code request, unlimited festival, black crows , chamonix, aiguille du midi

answer code request

unlimited festival, black crows , chamonix, aiguille du midi


free ride world tour, verbier.

powerful Humans skiing. It is such strong skiing down a gnarly face. Very impressive. I was posted at the very top of a mountain across the face so i couldn’t hear who was going and which start. Getting a shot was alike posting myself in the Zambian bush to wait for an animal to cross path. When it happened , i wasn’t sure who and sometime the time to get my camera at the right spot was too late. Oh well. free ride world tour, verbier.

free ride world tour, verbier.

free ride world tour, verbier.

free ride world tour, verbier.

free ride world tour, verbier, FWT

free ride world tour, verbier, FWT

free ride world tour, verbier, FWT

free ride world tour, verbier, FWT

free ride world tour, verbier, FWT

free ride world tour, verbier, FWT


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the mont blanc massif from verbier.

If you click on it and view full size , you can use the loupe and check out ski runs … NB: the diagonal looks surprisingly good, no tracks on it yet…