I’ve heard that the Pyrenees are more challenging than the Alps

Lars Meerstetter


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Lars Meerstetter

PILOT

  • Nationality
    Switzerland
  • Birthday
    May 31, 1995
  • Occupation
    Student/Carpenter/Tandempilot
  • Residence
    Meiringen (Switzerland)
  • Experience
    Rookie
  • Wing
    OZONE Zeolite
  • Harness
    OZONE F*Race
  • Helmet
    OZONE The Sheild

Nicola Heiniger

ASSISTANT

  • Nationality
    Switzerland
  • Residence
    Uttigen (Switzerland)

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What is your greatest sporting success?
Flying since 8 years without any accident. 3rd place at Eigertour 2019 and 2021. 3rd place at Vercofly 2020.

When and why did you start paragliding?
In 2014. I got inspired by other pilots in the valley and i wanted to avoid the descent after hikes and mountaineering tours.

What is your mountaineering experience?
Many 3000-4000m peaks in my beautiful home region, the Haslital and several others in the rest of Switzerland. Most of them by skis or by paraglider.

What does your typical training week consist of?
During the winter time, 1-2 backcountry tours per week. When the snow is gone, 2-3 hike and flys a week. And of course cross country flying as much as I can.

What are your best and worst sporting memories?
The best memories are the moments above the highest peaks in the evening after beautiful/long flights. Even better if you can share these moments with your friends.
The worst are accidents affecting your friends, other participants or yourself.

Why did you choose X-Pyr?
Because I very like the concept of vol-biv events like the Eigertour for example. The X-Pyr is the next level: longer, wilder, more remote, more challenging, more adventurous.

Have you participated on X-Pyr before?, How was it?
No.

Have you flown in the Pyrenees before?, what do you think about them?
Not yet. I heard that they are more challenging than the Alps. I am looking forward to experience that.

What will your strategy be during the race?
Start gently, get familiar with the conditions and speed up untill the end, if there is some energy left.

What excites you most about X-Pyr?
The unknown, wild and remote landscapes. Crossing them only by foot or in the air and spending an unforgetable time with my team in the Pyrenees.

What scares you the most about the event?
To lose the connection to my supporter due to limited GSM coverage and therefore running out of chocolate (and water).

Why will he/she make a good assistant?
Because he is always staying calm and positive, spreading optimistic vibes. Further, he will pull me uphill like a locomotive.

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