MAMMUT: NICOLAS HOJAC SPEED RECORD

Eiger, Mönch e Jungfrau. La Trilogia Bernese. Un gruppo di particolare bellezza paesaggistica, celebre in tutto il mondo, che ogni anno attira come un magnete le migliaia di turisti che si affollano al Jungfraujoch per avere un’idea dell’incredibile ambiente montano svizzero.

Sono stati questi tre picchi, e questa silhouette emblematica riconosciuta in tutto il mondo, ad ispirare il progetto di Nicolas Hojac, 24enne atleta del team Mammut. Non una salita convenzionale, ma una linea immaginaria da Stechelberg a Grindelwald da compiere a piedi e in parapendio. Partendo di notte in direzione della Jungfrau, Nicolas ha raggiunto la vetta a 4158 m cinque ore dopo per il primo lancio. In successione è salito verso il Mönch, dove soffiava un vento nord-orientale che non gli ha permesso di decollare, e la cresta nord dell’Eigerjoch fino alla vetta dell’Eiger. Il vento qui era più favorevole, ma non del tutto ideale. Il punto di partenza dell’Eiger è molto esposto e non consente alcun margine di errore o passo falso. Nicolas ha quindi deciso di scendere fino al Pilastro di Ginevra, dove il terreno era più favorevole.

“11 ore 43 minuti dopo la partenza da Stechelberg, sono arrivato a Grindelwald passando da temperature di congelamento ai 30 gradi della valle. Mi sono dovuto riposare un po’ prima di chiudere il parapendio. L’azione della spirale verso il basso aveva compresso il sangue nelle gambe e la mancanza di sonno stava diventando evidente. Ho completato 31 chilometri e mezzo con 4.300 metri di dislivello, sicuramente un’esperienza indescrivibile.”


They are an emblematic sight. All over the world, the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau are a famous trio of alpine peaks. Every year, thousands of tourists flock to the Jungfraujoch to gain an insight in the amazing Swiss mountain environment.

It was these three peaks that were the inspiration for my project. I wasn’t interested in a conventional ascent. In my backpack, I carried a little paraglider intended to take at least some of the strain out of the descent. My idea was to make my way as quickly as possible from Stechelberg to Grindelwald, crossing the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau along the way.

Paragliding has enjoyed a great boom in popularity in recent years. As well as being much lighter and safer, paragliders are now also far more compressible for easy packing. A paraglider in my backpack doesn’t weigh me down or hinder my progress out in the mountains.

Without sleeping first, I set out from Stechelberg at midnight and made way toward the Jungfrau. I reached the summit around five hours later. I laid the paraglider out and glided down into the Jungfraujoch. Without the paraglider, I would not have dared to attempt a solo climb over the ravaged glacier down to the Jungfraujoch. After a rather bumpy landing, I quickly packed up the paraglider and climbed onwards to the Mönch.

A gusty north-easterly wind was blowing into my face on the summit of the Mönch, and I quickly realized that using the paraglider would be too risky. I actually had more reservations about the landing, as my next landing site was downwind of the Eiger and I was afraid I might encounter turbulence that would make a landing dangerous.

So I climbed over the north ridge on foot and traversed the Eigerjoch to the summit of the Eiger. The wind was a little more favorable here, but not quite ideal. The starting point on the Eiger is very exposed and allows no margin for error. You can’t afford to abort the attempt or make a false start here. I therefore decided to climb down part of the way and start from the Geneva Pillar, where the terrain was slightly flatter.

11 hours, 43 minutes after setting out from Stechelberg, I arrived in Grindelwald. Straight from freezing temperatures to 30 degrees in the valley. I had to sit down for a while before folding up the paraglider. The action of spiraling downwards had compressed the blood in my legs and the lack of sleep was now also becoming noticeable.

I had completed 31.5 kilometers and 4,300 vertical meters. Definitely an indescribable experience.