Marc Batard : It was by chance! I really stopped chasing the high mountains quite a while ago. I had to meet Denis – who became my husband – eight years ago. Four or five years ago, I suggested to him to take him to Everest, as I was in great shape. He said yes. I went to test him at Kilimanjaro because the aim is to do Everest without using oxygen bottles. Denis won’t go all the way up Everest, but I’ve regained the motivation to go, for different reasons. For the personal pleasure of climbing to the highest peak on the planet, which is symbolic. But also because it’s something that interests the media, and what interests me is to use my notoriety for things that I like.
I would like to be more active in the fight against homophobia.
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