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Welfringer Symon

Name : Welfringer

First name : Symon

Age : 25 years

Nationality / Country of origin : France

"The talent is to want."
Jacques Brel
Former climbing competitor, I went to the mountains. After finishing my studies in earth science at the engineering school of meteorology, I devoted myself almost full time to the mountains. I like the variety of activities, from ice climbing to cliff climbing. Expeditions to far-off countries are what I love today.
Few words that define you as an athlete:
Motivated and limited.

Few words that define you as a person :
Social and dynamic.

What are your passions besides skiing / climbing / mountaineering / trail running ?
Meteorology and nivology (study of snow)

Your best and worst memory in the mountains :
My best moment is clearly when I opened a new path on a still virgin summit in Pakistan. I did this way alone which amplified the emotions. I try to only keep in mind good memories!

Why do you feel part of the Millet family ?
Millet is a family with whom I share my passions and values.

Why do you advise people to go out in the mountains to do outdoor activities ?
We live on a planet that offers an extraordinary diversity of landscapes. Not to enjoy it is a crime. No matter the way, hike, climb or fly, the mountains around us deserve our full attention. This is also why we must take care to allow as many people as possible to enjoy it in the future.
Achievements & future projects

8c + with Mr. Hyde in Ceuse
8A + at sight
Many 8c.

Long routes:
Ali baba Aiglun, 8a + (partially shackled)
Golden Gate at El capitan in Yosemite, 8a / + (partially shackled)
Final Frontier at Yosemite, 8a
Golden Tower in Tour d'Areu, 8a

Mountain routes in the Alps and Pyrenees:
Divine Providence in winter.
First free rehearsal of the Red Dihedral Corno Stella in winter.

Climbing Competitions:
Practice in competition since 2005,
Top 20 at the European Cup in Imst (Austria) in the minimal category.
Victory at the Annemasse Cup in France in 2011 (junior),
Second at the Coupe de France in Troyes in 2010 (youngest).
Participation in many finals of championships of France and national open.

In Dry-tooling:
Member of the French Ice Climbing Team since November 2015,
17 th at the 2017 World Championships.
Winner of the Ice Climbing Ecrins 2017 and 2 ° at the Contest in 2016.
4 ° at the championships of France 2016 in Champagny en Vanoise.

In Trail-running:
Practice in competition since 2011.
Victory at Trail des Hospitaliers 2014 (Aveyron),
76km and 4000m D + in Hope category.

Expeditions and Travels:
Expedition to the Georgian Caucasus July-August 2016
Shkhara 5193m, Beknu-Khergiani Way, 2200m M5 grade 4+ TD +, among the first 5 repetitions of the track. Ushba South 4710m, Myshialev Way, 1700m 6c ED +, among the first 2 or 3 rehearsals and first rehearsal in free.
Ushba North 4690m, Georgian Normal Route, 1800m AD Travel to USA with ENAM April 2016:
Cracks at Indian Creek, Red Rocks and Joshua Tree. Zion, Moonlight Buttress, 400m 5.12d with Antoine Pecher.
Expedition to Pakistan May, 2017: Opening of a snow and mixed track on a virgin summit at 6000m.
Alaska expedition in May 2018: Opening of ski corridors and attempt to open a mixed lane in the Neacolas mountain.
Expedition to Nepal in October 2018: Opening of the String Quartet, rocky path on Lobuche East 6120m and opening of Pray for porters, mixed way on the Arakam Tse at 5900m.