As Isaac Newton, the discoverer of gravity, once observed: "What goes up must come down". But what goes up doesn't always have to come down in the same way. The British adventurer Squash Falconer rode a motorcycle to Mont Blanc, climbed to the top and paraglided from the summit. It's as if she was trying to show the world that no mountain is steep enough to keep her from her dreams.
She had long been attracted to the mountain, the snow king, sitting on its majestic throne in the French Alps. During a ski trip to Les Arces at the age of 18, the petite British woman Squash Falconer, was absolutely fascinated by Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in the Alps. "I can still remember being so impressed by the mountain, even from far way", says the 35-year-old, her eyes lighting up. "I remember thinking it would be cool to climb it one day". Years later she completed the expedition that would involve more extreme endurance than merely climbing to the 4,810-metre summit.
A thirst for adventure.
On the way to a record.
NEVER GIVE UP. Never give up.
Mount Everest and other summits
Accept no limits.
Squash Falconer and her GS.
Accept no limits.
On her quest for adventure, Squash always returns to motorcycles – and the GS. She rode an F 800 GS across Mexico for the Mexican TV series "Rodando por México". A film crew recently followed her through Argentina, Chile, Peru, Columbia and Brazil for a travel documentary. Ever since she chose a GS for her first challenge at Mont Blanc, the adventurer has relied on the bike, which she says "always get the job done, whatever the conditions".
"I have a can-do attitude and always just go for it. And the GS encapsulates that very same attitude. It's the perfect bike for explorers – it will always be the rider who has to stop first". A thirst for adventure is what drives Squash Falconer and other GS riders to keeping pushing the limits in order to experience the feeling of boundless freedom, the spirit of GS. "It doesn't matter how unattainable a dream might seem: With the right mix of self-belief, preparation, training and imagination, almost anything is possible".