Team Charlie Paris is delighted to have welcomed the adventurer Matthieu to the adventurer for an interview. The last time we exchanged with him it was almost 2 years ago, on his return from Antarctica, after a solo expedition that lasted 51 days. Since then, Matthieu has lived other adventures, he climbed the Mont Blanc and even went out a film and wrote a book that retrace his experience to the South Pole. This interview was the opportunity to take these news and come back with him on this experience and on all the other beautiful adventures he could live through the different continents.
- At Charlie, we know you well, but for those who discover you today, can you start by introducing you?
I have different activities but we can say that I am an adventurer because I ship shipments around the world and I share them in the form of book, movie and conference. For 10 years I have shipments by bike, kayaking, skiing, stopping, walking and the last was polar since I went through ski polka part of Antarctica.
- What made you want to become adventurier?
When I grew up my tintin readings and those of the other explorers made me want to live my own adventures. But I think it's a little imposed on me. I first followed a classic student path but I used my summers to live adventures. At first they were modest, I took a bike to cross a country or continent, get off a kayak river for example. Then it became professional as and when I saw the return that I could have on these adventures, I started writing, make photos, I have been professional and it's There I realized that I wanted to do my job. But again, there are no studies to become adventurer or explorer is something that is built.
- How would you define an adventurer today in the 21st century? I imagine that it has changed a lot from the previous century no?
- According to you, what are the qualities, the features of characters necessary to become adventurer?
You have to be adaptable, but I think it's really the spirit of curiosity that unites all the people who make adventure. We must remain humble in the face of the limits that we can have, or the ground, the geography impose we and to be adapting to be able to move forward and not to endanger.
- You started very young to go to the adventure alone, at 18 years old. How did your loved ones react?
My first adventure was right after my bac, I was just 18 years old and I went through a part of Europe by bike. My parents include this attraction for the trip because they are themselves travelers. After they understood a little less this idea to leave alone and they were a little less favorable to that. But they still encouraged me in this direction, and I had the chance that psychologically they support me in all my expeditions and adventures. They were behind me and it helped me a lot psychologically.
- There may be people, young and old, who look at us and who have the desire to embark on a first expedition ... What advice can you give them?
I think we should not allow themselves and have the frustration of saying that we can not do the expedition of another adventurer. The board that I could give is simply going to go and do not give too much importance to material and physical conditions. We do not have to have the best equipment to go and at the worst you can adapt the route if necessary. There is no hierarchy between adventures, we can make very beautiful adventures within reach as in France.
- In Nov. 2018 you leave, alone, to discover the South Pole, in total autonomy. It was on this occasion that we had the opportunity to collaborate, creating for you the Concordia watch, which will accompany you in this journey of 51 days. Can you tell us what caused you to do this expedition?
There may be a share of madness in all this but there is also a large part of curiosity. I was very curious to make the physical experience of this continent Antarctica that had fascinated me so many years. My sensitivity of adventurer attracted me to this place and I wanted to know loneliness over a long time.
- How do you become mentally and physically prepared with this new adventure and extreme conditions that were waiting for you there?
Preparation is essential in this type of adventure. My previous sports experiences formed me to go to a more ambitious adventure. There is also a preparation of 2 years pragmatic, research of partners, communication, testing of materials, physical and psychological preparation.
- Was there a moment during the adventure where you felt in danger, where did you scare for your life?
Yes I have already felt in danger because it is a very binding environment, Antarctica is the coldest and most windy continent. You have to be very vigilant, meticulous and accurate in its gestures because everything can degenerate quickly. The moment I felt the most in danger is when there were violent winds of 60km / h and that the aunt moves in all directions, it is a permanent aggression and the vent accentuates the feeling of cold.
- Is there anything you found particularly difficult, and to which you did not expect? At one point you thought to give up?
It's hard to spend 51 days alone with a goal. When we are alone in a great white desert, that it does day all the time and that we are alone in the face of oneself and in the face of this goal that exceeds you, 51 days it can be long. But the difficulty I could feel was gather motivation every morning to put my ski boots, and start in the big white for 12h skiing. The temptation of abandonment she was strong but I tried to surpass her by putting my south pole dream on the surface.
- If you had to redo this expedition, there are things you would do differently?
I went at the end of this adventure despite the complicated conditions, because I was careful about the amount of food I took, so I will not change much. But if it was to be repeated maybe I'll meet my diet so that it is a little less heavy. When we leave without refueling you have to have the lightest sled and mine was perhaps a little too heavy, at the start, I could have made a little less heavy.
- You took out a book last November "The White Continent", telling this expedition. Can you tell us about your writing process? Did you start writing during shipping or the desire to write came after?
I already thought I wrote a book because I had written one on an adventure I had made in 4l with a friend to promote microcredit. I already had this writing experience and I asked about writing another, but this time, a narrative that tells my geographical adventure as well as my inner adventure. When you spend 51 days with you, it's a lot of things inside us and that's what I wanted to express and tell.
- Write a book can be a fairly long and difficult process. What was the most difficult for you: write a book or spend 51 days alone in Antarctica?
I would say it's reaching the South Pole but write a book it's not easy. It must be derived to some rigor and it is an emotional exercise that can be complicated because we dander at the bottom of the adventure, we try to indulge and share things in the most sincere way possible.
- Through your many adventures, you had the opportunity to discover the world and its varied landscapes. What place to ecology in your life and your expeditions? Have these different trips changed your involvement in ecology?
Ecology is always a real subject because I am not a scientist or a specialist in the environment, and I see myself more like a witness to the changes I have seen in the field. I can do the rapporteur and testify to these climate change but I could never replace the word of a scientist. I am in a way the link between scientists and the general public. Today, I try to educate young generations about the preservation of the environment. I would like my next adventures to bring this message more and the voice of all the upheavals we know.
- Today you start to have a certain notoriety, is there a message that you would like to move to the younger generations or a cause that is particularly important to you and what would you like to talk about?
I am sensitive to the mutations of the environment and the adaptation of the man to these changes. Probably that I will go in this direction in the future but it remains full of things to say about biodiversity, wildlife, but there will also be a very certainly polar projects in the future.
- I imagine that the current epidemic situation complicates a little travel, can you tell us about your future projects? Have you planned to leave soon "discover your limits" as your godfather says Jean Louis Etienne?
I see this situation more as an opportunity. It's true that I can not go very far but my short-term projects will be more local. In early April, I'm going to go to the Alps to make a movie to document the cast iron of alpine glaciers. I'm going to leave with a glaciologist and a traveler writer to make a hiking ski route between Chamonix and Zermatt. I also work as an administrator in a staffing background to transform an old boat into a polar awareness platform. The idea is to take this boat next year all along the French coast, to disembark it in each port, and to welcome schools to sensitize them to the Arctic and Antarctica. In 2022, the idea would be to take this boat on the east coast of Greenland to make a scientific expedition.
It is hoped that thisInterview you liked and you made you want to leave at adventure!
You can find the book "The White Continent" tracing the shipping of Matthew in Antarctica on its site, Matthieutordeur.com or a bookstore. And to follow his adventures on a daily basis, do not hesitate to follow him on Instagram and Facebook, where he is very present.
We thank Matthew again for spending a little time talking with us and see you soon!