Flying the Vallee Blanche from Aiguille du Midi.

The very top is 3,842 meters. 12,604 ft. However launch is approx 100 meters lower. On this day the wind forecast was S/E however it was in the West when we reached the takeoff point, this made launch rather tricky being full cross wind. Approx 50% of take off attempts failed, even tandem instructor pilots ! 

The westerly winds also resulted in a lower height after launch necessitating a change of plan once airborne. It was so close to having to land and walk back up.

The flight time is approx 45 mins but you will be pleased to know the video is only 5:34 ! 🙂