The tightrope walker who loves to be free

Hugo Minnig likes to defy the laws of gravity, barefoot. A passionate mountaineer and sportsman, the high wire has given him another way to survey the peaks. This sport, now very popular, amazes walkers every summer, on Le Moléson and elsewhere.

Hugo Minnig listens to his breathing, calms his thoughts and takes another step forward on a line 25mm wide. The space around him seems palpable. Just a few metres remain between him and the arrival platform at Le Moléson cabin. Numerous walkers and tourists come to watch, amazed by the elegance and daring of these tightrope walkers. The team of high wire walkers have installed two straps for the day, 45 and 90 metres long. Hugo warns: “It takes two people to attach the line. It has to be done perfectly. Rubbing against the rocks could be fatal, so it’s essential in this sport to be with a colleague you can trust.

” They each have their own way of overcoming their fear and calming themselves. Some use music to create a bubble of concentration, where the only objective is to reach the end of the wire. “The sensation of feeling perfection in every part of your body is addictive. Maintaining mastery when faced with the void has taught me a great deal about myself,” adds Hugo. This is an impressively mature young man with a determined expression. Many challenges attract him, but he also knows how to keep his feet on the ground. “Competition isn’t for me. I prefer the mountains: climbing for hours in order to place a line in open country.”

Tying a slackline between two trees in his garden was a reasonable apprenticeship before launching himself into the conquest of the void. To link peaks with a line you first have to be able to walk on the ground for double the distance of the desired height. You need to be physically fit, and aware of all the technical points linked to the security systems. “It’s best to start with someone more experienced, who can pass on extensive knowledge of the land,” is his expert advice. With perseverance and hard work comes that feeling of freedom which is so sought after by devotees of the high wire.
plan
Satellite

---

---

min.-°Cmax.-°C

Weather forecastfor
---
------°C---°C---°C
------°C---°C---°C
------°C---°C---°C
------°C---°C---°C

Search and webcodes

This is your PERSONAL ASSISTANT: with only a few clicks you can put together your perfect stay in our region.

Whether you plan a trip to Paris or wish to visit Shanghai or Sydney next year – with our tailor-made suggestions for activities and accommodation suited to your profile you can be sure to make the best out of your stay!

Are you ready to define your main interests and to list the original experiences that you wish to experience in our region?

Whether you plan a romantic getaway or a memorable family vacation, whether you are a night owl or a morning lark – you will be thrilled by the accuracy of our suggestions.

Take a look at our additional and tailor-made suggestions around your destination, before you trace your itinerary on the map or on the proposal grid. They are synchronised in order to respond to your consultation preferences.