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'Waking Dream'

Amongst the idyllic dreamscape of Chamonix, two men take mountaineering to a new level as they attempt a first descent.

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Pain DeSucre in Chamonix Switzerland
Pain de Sucre Photo Credit: Jeremy Bernard

The latest edit from Sam Favret and Julien Herry transports viewers into the idyllic dreamscape of Chamonix. Among the snow-covered spines and windblown peaks, the two face extremely technical ascents and even spicier descents. Taking mountaineering to a new level, the duo check off couloirs like a grocery list, and set out to achieve a first descent.

Mountaineering runs in Sam Favret’s blood. The Freeride World Tour athlete comes from a long line of mountain guides in his home town Chamonix. He is joined by snowboarder Julien Herry, another Chamonix local and fellow mountain guide.

Avoiding the crowds, Favret has spent the past few years scoping lines that have never been skied.

With an exposed face looming over them, the duo attempts something few dare: a first descent. Facing unexpected challenges in conditions and terrain, the two must put their guiding knowledge to the test as they figure out how to safely navigate the unknown terrain.

Sam Favret climbing in Chamonix
Favret navigates a difficult area during the ascent. Photo courtesy of Rossignol / Jeremy Bernard

“The ambiance was insane, snowy ramps hanging between rocky slabs, not a place where you feel totally safe,” says Farve looking back at the menacing slopes.

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