Charles Dubouloz opens a new route on Hungchi (7,029m)
Charles Dubouloz opens a new route on Hungchi (7,029m)
Charles Dubouloz opens a new route on Hungchi (7,029m)

Photos : Mathurin Vauthier

High-level mountaineering is not just about climbing mountains. It involves discovering new routes, venturing onto untouched and unknown faces, and pushing the limits of what is possible. This ultimate form of exploration and conquest is embodied by mountaineers like our Fellow Charles Dubouloz and his climbing partner Symon Welfringer. These dreamers, adventurers, conquerors embarked on an expedition with hopes full of promise, ready to face nature's challenges and achieve their boldest dreams. Their project, initially focused on Gyachung Kang, took an unexpected turn to the west face of Hungchi, a steep, aesthetic wall that captivated their imagination to become the new goal of their adventure.

« All that mattered was going to the mountains, drawing from within, pushing hard, and achieving something. It didn't matter what, as long as it was an accomplishment. I put so much ambition into this expedition that I needed a success before getting back on the plane. »

How did you approach this experience?

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Do you think the suffering endured makes the victory even sweeter at the end? What drives you to always push yourself to the limit for these kinds of projects that may seem crazy to many?

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An expedition with such a high level of commitment for two people requires true organization. How do you manage decision-making?

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TIME CODE
00’’00 - Approaching moraines (glacier blocks)
00’’20 - Last advanced base camp, night departure
00’’33 - Climbing at sunrise
00’’51 - Panoramic view
02’’02 - Sunrise at the first bivouac, Charles' birthday
02’’15 - Summit ridge (on the way to the summit)
02’’55 - Reaching the summit
03’’18 - Descent in a storm
03’’23 - Second bivouac in a storm
03’’57 - Descent
04’’07 - Arrival
05’’06 - Emotional Sequence

The media coverage of your ascent has gone far beyond the mountaineering world. What does this transcendence into mass media mean to you?

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