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Former Michel Fournier Canadian Manager introduces online Guide to Following the Great Leap


The Great Excursion Company’s Founder Claude-Jean Harel has unveiled today his Guide to Following the Great Leap on his blog: The guide will feature exclusive information and never before published photographs featuring Michel and his project over the years. These will give readers additional insight into the kind of preparation required in organizing Le Grand Saut.

“I have noticed recently that there are many misconceptions about what the project involves,” said Harel. “There is also a very broad interest among the public in understanding what Le Grand Saut is all about. I have documented elements from the 2002 and 2003 attempts at carrying out this project which yield useful insight readers will find of great interest in the days to come.”

Even if those previous attempts were unsuccessful, the photographic journey toward D-day in both cases is particularly fascinating, Harel noted.

When Fournier launches what is otherwise known as Le Grand Saut, rising in a giant helium balloon later this month in North Battleford, he hopes to smash through the sound barrier with a record-breaking 40,000-metre (130,000-foot) freefall jump.

Michel hopes to set four new world records at once: for highest freefall parachute speed, at 1,500 kilometers (2,400 miles) per hour, 1.3 times the speed of sound, along with fastest and highest jump and highest manned balloon flight.


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