They are triple world champions in freeflying. They have thousands of jumps under their belts in freeflying, BASE jumping and wingsuit flying. Their penultimate challenge to date: jumping from the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, in April 2014...
On Saturday, May 31, 2014, Frederic Fugen and Vincent Reffet, the skydiving duo otherwise known as Soul Flyers, achieved an exceptional and unique new feat, combining freeflying at high altitude and "mountain swooping" for Red Bull Skycombo.
They were dropped from a Beechcraft King Air B200 10,000m (33,000ft) in -50°C temperatures above Mont Blanc, at the very limits of flight without a pressure suit. They linked up for some two-man aerobatics before opening their parachutes especially designed for mountain swooping (smaller, at nine metres squared, than a traditional canopy, for faster and more technical gliding).
There they brushed the summits of the Peuterey ridge in Italy, the longest in Europe, linking the Aiguille Blanche and Aiguille Noire. Their flight ended 1,200m up in Courmayeur.
Though lasting just seven minutes in total, Red Bull Skycombo took more than a year and a half to prepare and brought together a whole team of specialists, including the developers of an oxygen system especially adapted for jumping – less restrictive and lighter – to avoid the risk of hypoxia at such a high altitude.