PD: How did you mentally prepare for the challenge?
AB: “In the beginning, it was very difficult, and I was scared to tell anybody about the project. A few people actually knew about it because I was scared to say it aloud. I know many people would be afraid, especially my family members and friends. It was something out of the scope of my imagination. It was very crazy at the beginning.
“My approach is always having a view of what I want to do from a distance. I always try to be reasonable in what I do. I analyse a lot and I try to take a step-by-step approach. So, I plan a lot and prepare for it mentally. There are no tricks to prepare for it. My way of preparing for it was simply spending a lot of time in the mountains and being exposed to what's out there.
“I didn’t have full control of what was going to happen, but you have to adapt to different situations. When you really get scared, this is when solutions appear.”
PD: In the film, it shows that you have a close relationship with your family and your project team, does it help having people you can really trust in your team?
AB: “First of all, you have to know I have a big family. It definitely helps, my family helps me survive all the stages of the process. When I’m in the mountain and when I’m really afraid my brother supports me a lot.
“This support is really difficult. In the mountains, it’s really difficult to cooperate. The fear and level of complexity are very high. So sometimes it doesn’t help because I’m not only afraid for my own safety but also for others who are with me. It’s not always straightforward to cooperate with people around me in these conditions.
“As for my family, a lot of them are scared of my ideas, especially my mum. In the case of my mum, I try to shorten the process by telling her ‘I’m going somewhere’ or ‘I’m just going on a trip’. I know it’s difficult to understand the things I do because they are not conventional. They are not what people associate themselves with as normal.
PD: Do you have any advice for people who want to start ski touring?
AB: “My advice to anyone who wants to ski tour is - don’t take short cuts. First of all, use the advice of people who know how to do it and can take care of safety. Secondly, definitely take avalanche training, then you know the risks you are going to encounter.
“Take your progress slowly to adapt your skills and don’t choose too difficult terrain at the beginning. Remember that this sport may be dangerous at times. Try to read nature and choose the safest way through difficult conditions. “