Eric Loizeau : between sea and mountain
In the last issue of the Hiking on the Moon magazine special elements we met Eric Loizeau, traveller, adventurer, sailor, mountaineer and technical partner for Quechua. He has divided his time between the sea, where he was born, and the mountains where he was “reborn.”
“I’m from Brittany so, naturally, I started out on a boat. I’ve sailed since I was very small. Between the 1970’s and 90’s, I spent my life at sea, competing in single-handed and team transatlantic races all around the world.
I must have sailed around the world the equivalent of 5 times. But I was never really able to explore or visit any of the countries, only the ports.
During my years in the mountains, I simply wanted to explore beyond the ports, to go inland and discover new cultures and new people
And so, I put my sailing life on hold so I could spend some time in the mountains. Until 2003 when my dreams of going on a high altitude expedition materialized with the Everest ascent”
– team member during four years of Éric Tabarly
– selected better Skipper of the year in 1978
– winner of the “route du rhum” in 1982
– record holder for the solo crossing of the Atlantic Ocean in 1982
– world champion of multihulls in 1986
-May 2003: ascent of the Mount-Everest