Despite being halted today by a knee inury, Antoine Girard (FRA3) is determined to continue. So what’s his plan now? ‘I think I have two more climbs in me,' he says. 'I will walk up 400m tomorrow and try to fly far in the better conditions. My strategy then is to keep landing high – and to carry on. If I keep landing in the valleys, though, my race is over.’ He certainly has form, hiking and flying in some of the wildest places on Earth, from the Andes to the Himalayas. He also holds the world paragliding altitude record, flying to over 8000m over Broad Peak, Pakistan – during which his fingers froze.

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