Jean-Marc Boivin is one of the most popular legends of extreme adventure from France. He is proficient in many areas of adventure. Boivin is an accomplished mountaineer, extreme skier, hang glider, paragliding aviator, caveman, experienced base jumper, award-winning filmmaker, and author of an interesting book.
In the world of mountaineering, we can specifically say that Jean Marc Boivin was the pioneer of the Enchainment style of climbing or chain climbing. He also climb a lot and made the most difficult routes in the European Alps. He hiked in a very impressive style on many Alps such as Mont Blanc du Tacul, Grand Pilier d’Angle, Aigulille du Plan, Aiguille Verte, Aiguille du Dru, Matterorn and also Grandes Jorasses.
When it comes to extreme skiing, Boivin is the king.
He has slid from the east side of the Matterhorn, Frendo Spur Aiguille du Midi, South Face of Huascaran (Andes), first ski descent at Aiguille di Moine, gliding from the top of Aiguille du Dru via the East Face. Even in 1988 on Everest, Boivin held several significant prestigious records namely; Tallest paraglider aviator, first person to descend Mount Everest in a paraglider, and fastest person to descend from the summit of Everest (Boivin glided about 18 meters below the summit of Everest and reached Camp II in just 11 minutes).
In 1979 Boivin also flew with a paraglider from Camp IV Mount K2. 1981 set a record by flying in tandem with Dominique Marchal from the summit of Aconcagua. Boivin also flew from the top of Gasherbrum II in 1985.
On February 16, 1990, Boivin made a base jump from the highest waterfall in the world (Angel Falls, Venezuela. 1,000 meters). This is the first jump at the highest point of Angel Falls. After a successful jump on the first day which was filmed live by a TV crew from France, the next day Jean Boivin decided to repeat his jump from the top of the waterfall.
Just before Boivin jumps, a woman named Catherine jumps first and appears to be injured at the bottom of the waterfall. Immediately Boivin decided to do the jump as well while bringing some equipment to help the woman.
But it seems that something went wrong with Boivin’s jump, he hit a tree, was badly injured and suffered multiple fractures. However, when the helicopter crew tries to save her, Boivin gives the code (with a wave of his hand) to save Catherine first.
Other sources say that Boivin hit a cliff and landed in the top of a tree, and a wave of his hand was interpreted by the helicopter crew that he was okay, instead of asking for help so the helicopter crew put help for Catherine.
However, two seemingly disparate sources regarding the tragedy of Boivin’s death agree that when the helicopter crew returned to rescue Jean Marc Boivin at the bottom of Angel Falls, they found his body dead due to the injuries he sustained and lost a lot of blood.
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