Simon Duverney

UIAGM ski- en berggids

Simon Duverney

Can you explain why you like the mountains so much and why you like to work with people so much?

In the mountains you’ll get cold like never before, be tired, have blisters… so why does this attract me so much? For me the mountains are attractive  in 3 different ways:

1 The Beauty! First of all I do think that the views are amazing up there. It doesn’t take long to be agree with that. Having the chance to see the sunrise from the top of a mountain, is a spectacular experience.

2 Human challenges! In order to get this opportunity, you’ll need to take serious humain challenges. That is for me the second aspect that pushes me. In order to go to the top of any mountain, the right decisions needs to be taken, thinking of many factors like the climbers condition, the weather forecast or altitude… This team job is for me the most interesting part of the high mountain guide job, keeping in mind that the goal is to be safe and have some fun.

3 Feelings! The fun, leads me to the third thing that I like while being in the mountains. The feelings to ski in the powder, or arriving at the top of a peak are simply unique.

Cllimbing, skiing and practicing alpinisme definetly gives me motivation to meet more people, to find new challenges and to travel around the world with a purpose!

Don’t dream your life, live your dream!

How many times did you climb Mont Blanc?

I guess more than 35 times..

Did you win any awards or did you do any special courses?

  • I became French Ice Climbing Champion in 2012!
  • I competed in the Ice Climbing World Cup from 2011 until 2015.
  • I won the international Ice Climbing competition in Ouray (USA) in 2013

What are the most beautifull climbs you did?

MountainHeightRouteCountryYear
Monte Poi2500Story about dancing dogsKenya2011
Castleton tower2000North ChimneyJapan2017
Unamed peak in Suusamyr3500East RidgeKyrgustan2018

What are the hardest climbs you did?

MountainHeightRouteCountryYear
Breitwangflue3000Flying CircusSwitserland2015
Dolomiti2500IlluminatiItaly2014
Grandes Jorasses4200Colton Mc IntyreFrance2012

Expeditions:

MountainHeightRouteCountryYear
Bhagirathi6400La Feé ChlochetteIndia2011
4 pigs peak5120Les rescapés de la forêt magiqueChina2014
Mount Kenya5199Diamond butressKenya2011