On February 17, 1990, Jean-Marc Boivin died from his injuries after a Base jumping off the highest waterfall in the world, Angel Falls in Venezuela. He was 39.
Who is Jean-Marc Boivin?
He was part of generation of European extreme skier that pushed the limits in extreme skiing.
Born in Dijon, France on April 6, 1951, he was a pioneer in Extreme sports. He was mountaineer, extreme skier, hang glider and paraglider pilot, speleologist, BASE jumper, award-winning film maker, and author. (Wikipedia).
Author of numerous first descents in the Alps, he also accomplished several first ascents. He was the first to paraglide from the top of Everest, a flight that lasted 12 minutes. He had altitude records for hang gliding and paragliding. In speleologist, he was the part of team that broke the record for subglacier dive of 117m under La Mer de Glace.
Here is a quote from Anselme Baud in the movie Steep.
Comme disait Jean-Marc Boivin, on vit comme un mouton ou on vit comme un lion.
Jean-Marc choose to live like a lion.
Here is the film Descente by co-authors Jean-Marc Boivin and Jean Afanasieff.
Productions : FR3 Rhône-Alpes and MC4
“Grand Prix” du Festival de Neige et Glace d’Autrans
“Prix de l’Aventure Sportive FR3/L’Equipe”, au Festival de la Plagne
“Prix Mario Bello” au Festival international du Film de Montagne de Trento (Prix du Club Alpin Italien) .
Jean-Marc Boivin’s legendary linking (by helicopter) of three first ski descents completed on a single day ( 17/04/1987)
* First descent of the face sud-est du Moine.
* First descent of the face sud du Dru.
* First descent of the couloir Whymper à l’Aiguille Verte.
* Descent of the glacier nord-est des Courtes.
* Descent of the Grandes Jorasses.
The movie starts with hang gliding. The first skiing in this movie is at 6 minutes and first descent of the movie. There are a few more. Enjoy. This movie is in French.
Website on Jean-Marc BOIVIN: Guide de haute-montagne, moniteur national de ski, alpiniste, himalayiste, delta-planiste, parapentiste, parachutiste, conférencier, conseiller technique, réalisateur de films. A website dedicated to his accomplishments on skis, in movies and films, paragliding, tributes and awards.
Sources: Jean-Marc Boivin’s website, pistehors.com, Wikipidia, the movie Steep.