It is with deep sadness today that we post a final farewell to our friend and Arc'teryx team member Rémy Lécluse.
Rémy was a master of extreme skiing, with a unique philosophy and enthusiasm that involved pioneering descents down the world's steepest and highest peaks. "His approach to his sport and the alpine world felt so different, that when we met I knew I wanted him on the Arc'teryx Team", said Tanja Kulkies, Arc'teryx European Marketing Manager.
"In the short time Rémy was on our team, he achieved many of his goals on descents and first descents, including his latest on la Grivola. Descending the SE face together with Boris Dufour 570 m, 45-50°, 5.3 E4. He told me it was 'Just fabulous!'"
Rémy also worked closely with our marketing team to help establish the first Arc'teryx Alpine Arc'ademy in Chamonix this year. "We will greatly miss Rémy's infectious zest for the outdoors, the way he would seek out new personal challenges in the mountains, and his upbeat positive candor. He will be with us as we make our own descents this season and seasons to come". Rest in peace.
Current Residence: Servoz, Chamonix valley, France
Rémy is a professional mountain guide, based in Chamonix, France.
He has a 24 years' guiding experience world-wide.
He did his first extreme skiing descent on the Aiguille Verte 4121 m (Mt Blanc range) in 1982.
Since then he achieves more than 500 extreme descents, including 63 first descents in the Alps, High-Atlas, Lyngen Alps (Norway), Himalayas & Andes.
He is among the very few guides who take clients on extreme slopes (including 12 first descents).
His aim is to continue exploring & skiing in the Himalayas & Andes.
Where usually mountaineers climb with two ice axes, crampons & ropes: he is skiing slopes between 50° & 55°.
Extreme skiing is one of the purest ways of climbing mountains.
Ethical, innovation, engagement, precision, risk assessment, risk management linked to a meticulous preparation are compulsory to be successful.
Fabulous way of travel in the mountains, this way of climbing & skiing is strongly ethical: no helicopter for the climb, light alpine technique in the Andes & Himalayas. Fast & light is the guarantee of safety.
It's also a fantastic path to discover new routes to ski in wild & insulated places in the world, even in the Alps.
Recent Media Coverage: FR3(french TV) last winter, article in Trek & Mountains Feb 2011 issue + different articles about 4 first descents in winter 2011
Career accomplishments: 5 first descents on 6000m peaks in Himalayas (India & Nepal), 4 first descents in Cordillera de Vilcanota (Peru) & in total 63 first descents world wide.yas