If you want to see something that looks truly other worldly, this speed riding video manages to be just that— one man’s feat that looks like it’s happening on a totally different plain. “When night falls in the mountains, Speed Rider Valentin Delluc wakes up,” the video explains. “With 20m of LED lights under his wing, and a full moon to brighten up the Bossons glacier in Chamonix, France, Delluc sets out on an intense and poetic ride down the highline of the glacier.” It looks somewhere between the ethereal and a jellyfish, but it’s something completely transfixing and very, very special.
And don’t be fooled by its seeming simplicity— it’s not just a matter of attaching lights to the parachute and achieving an amazing visual— a stunt like this takes special skill and training. “Valentin Delluc is a pioneering speedrider who’s flown down a French glacier at night to make his Moonline concept become a reality,” Red Bull, who sponsored the ride, explains. “He spent seven months training for the feat which saw him tackle a challenging line in the dark across the rugged crevasses of the Bossons glacier at the foot of Mont Blanc… When the night of the flight proper came around, the snow cover wasn’t perfect and Delluc was concerned his LED lights mightn’t work properly. But the overall conditions were favourable and he received the green light to start at 4am. The flight saw him take off from the top of the Bossons Glacier, but he and his crew had a very short window of time to pull off the feat so the Moonline film was shot in just one take. This was a big challenge even for Delluc, who’s accustomed to speedriding through glaciers and over rooftops.”
But it’s a challenge he excelled at. You can see the whole video here:
It may be performed with ease, but this feat is something that shouldn’t be underestimated. Red Bull continues to push limits and the amazing skills of Delluc allowed their dream to take flight. And what a magical journey it is.