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.
” 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.