About Vincent Colliard
« Hi! I am Vincent Colliard, a professional explorer from France. I grew up between the mountains and the ocean in the Basque Country. After reading some adventurers’ stories as a teenager, I dreamt about exploring the most remote places on Earth. I have always been curious and wanted to explore what is unknown to me, especially the Polar regions because it it so inaccessible. That’s where all my adventures started! »
« I am elated to be living my passions. »
Below are the main expeditions before Vincent became a professional explorer in 2014. All of these adventures enable Vincent to understand what it means to be an Explorer, what it means to go on an unsupported expedition and how to prepare physically and mentally in order to achieve his dreams.
Patagonia was a key expedition for Vincent and his apprenticeship. Skiing partially across the Southern icecap on an unsupported trip. At first, they were carrying heavy backpacks on the glacier when suddenly one of them lost his balance and the front spike of his crampons went through Vincent’s ski boot. It fractured his foot. Vincent had to continue skiing 10h/day for 2 weeks to reach civilization in the nearest village of El Chalten. Finding himself in this testing situation where he had no choice but to continue, it was here that he discovered his unexpected inner ressources. It was a serious test of mind over matter.
The North Pole
Vincent’s enthusiastic, stubborn and insistent disposition lead him to meet one of his heros, the Norwegian Polar Explorer, Børge Ousland. Vincent joined Børge for an expedition sailing around the North Pole in one, single season, aboard « Northern passage » a 31 foot trimaran. The duo sailed for 25 days through the North West Passage, the same route took Amundsen 3 years only a century ago. This was made possible because of the rapidly receding sea ice. Aside from attaining this huge achievement, the experience was a real eye-opener for Vincent. It fulfilled his desire to explore the Polar regions. Subsequently he became extremely concerned by the global ice retreat issue.
Vincent’s first 2 expeditions were attempts to climb a new route on a virgin, 6000 meter peak in the Himalayas, with Alpinist Stéphane Schaffter. Despite their efforts to conquer this feat, and much to their disappointment, they had to turn back both times. The instability of the rocks and the risk of avalanch made for many scary moments. Despite defeat on both occasions Vincent learned extensively from these 2 expeditions and such failures would drive him to success in the future.