South African pilot and adventurer Pierre Carter has been at this game for a very long time, and he hasn’t wasted any time chasing thin air dreams. Pierre has been knocking off the world’s seven summits for nearly 20 years (some of them several times), and has flown off all but Denali (because it’s illegal) and has only Antarcticas Mt Vinson remaining. In between his efforts to summit and fly off the worlds highest peaks (including Carstensz Pyramid in Papua New Guinea) Pierre competed in the Red Bull X-Alps three times, organized the X-Berg hike and fly race in South Africa and most recently had a bit of an epic in Pakistan. Come along for an amazing ride with a very special gentleman.
- Pierre Carr has a passion for paragliding and mountaineering, which has defined his life and career.
- Flying off the Seven Summits is a challenging and rewarding adventure that requires permission and careful planning.
- The Red Bull X-Alps is a thrilling race that combines paragliding and hiking across the Alps.
- Flying off mountains like Kilimanjaro and Denali requires skill, experience, and favorable weather conditions. Flying in the Dolomites can be challenging and requires knowledge of the area.
- Food poisoning can have a significant impact on performance in the X-Alps.
- Support teams play a crucial role in the success of athletes in the X-Alps.
- Knowing the Alps well is essential for navigating the X-Alps effectively.
- Knee replacement surgery can improve mobility and allow for continued adventure.
- The Red Rocks race and the X-Berg Challenge offer unique and exciting opportunities for paragliding and adventure sports.
- Climbing Denali and Carstensz Pyramid are challenging and rewarding mountaineering experiences. Flying in Papua New Guinea can be challenging due to difficult terrain and unpredictable weather conditions.
- Obtaining a permit to fly off Mount Everest is a complex process, but it opens up the opportunity for a unique and iconic flight.
- Flying off Mount Everest is a surreal and emotional experience, despite the short duration of the flight.
- Pierre has future plans to climb and fly off Mount Vincent, as well as other 8,000-meter peaks. Methodical review helps in organizing and understanding the content of a conversation.
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00:00Introduction and Appreciation
01:48Early Years and Introduction to Paragliding
04:27Career and Seven Summits
06:36Paragliding as an Ascent Tool
10:29Denali and Flying Restrictions
13:05Flying off Kilimanjaro
15:00First Three Summits: Elbrus, Aconcagua, Kilimanjaro
23:00Red Bull X-Alps 2009
29:00Crash Landing and Injury
32:14Flying off Kilimanjaro and Red Bull X-Alps 2011
34:50Adventure in the Dolomites
36:20Falling asleep in the air
37:19Food poisoning in the X-Alps
38:43The role of support teams in the X-Alps
39:36Different strategies in the X-Alps
40:03The challenges of the X-Alps
41:06Goals in the X-Alps
41:34The importance of knowing the Alps
42:38The X-Alps experience of other athletes
43:08The impact of illness on the X-Alps
44:30The recovery process after the X-Alps
45:27Knee replacement surgery
47:09The decision to have knee replacement surgery
48:57The Red Rocks race
49:18The X-Berg Challenge
56:40The challenges of Carstensz Pyramid
01:03:26The adventure of Carstensz Pyramid
01:07:54Flying in Papua New Guinea
01:08:54Challenges of flying in Papua New Guinea
01:09:23Flying off Mount Cook
01:10:19Flying off Mount Everest
01:14:10Obtaining a permit to fly off Mount Everest
01:16:13The experience of flying off Mount Everest
01:25:02Flying off Mount Vincent
01:37:23Future plans for climbing and flying