Watch Valentin Delluc during a Mont Blanc night paraglide flight above Chamonix in the Alps. This is one of the best films of the year so far.
He took off from the Midi col and flew over the Bossons Glacier to the town of Les Bossons.
His wing illuminated big crevases and features where no climbers dare go. He then bounced his skis off rooftops.
The idea for the project was born at the end of the summer of 2016, but Delluc had to schedule many test runs to hone the aerodynamics of his wing in order to make sure he could fly it with LEDs attached, about 20 metres.
As a result, Delluc conducted the first test runs without the lighting at an altitude of 2,800m until the device worked – and he only moved over to using the real lit-up wing when everything was fine-tuned.
Then the final test flight took place under the light of a full moon, which allowed Delluc to fly even closer to the ground.
Delluc found himself alone in the air at the start of the run and time seemed to stand still.
But just four minutes and 20 seconds later he’d travelled over 1,500 vertical metres and achieved his dream of speedriding down a glacier at night.